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African Roots Podcast #141 December 16, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can always reach me at

DON’T forget to listen to Bernice Bennett’s program on Thursday evening at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio. Last week’s episode on Slavery Era research was well received in the genealogy community and as time ran out there will be a Part 2 of the session. The second part will air on December 29, at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio. Tune in to National Archives and Beyond every Thursday evening at 9pm.

Good news for Arkansas, researchers from Little Rock. Fraternal Cemetery name has been preserved, but the next challenge is to put the Fraternal Cemetery burials online at Find A Grave so that they can be browsed, as a separate burial site, and one won’t have to go through 7000+ grave sites at Oakland.

Genealogy News:
On Ancestry, the WWII draft cards from No. Carolina have been put online, so take a look at that information and see what you can find.

Also note that there have been some changes to the Social Security Death Index. Rootsweb SSDI has been removed, and some data has been removed from deaths of the past ten years.

The Library of Virginia has added to their Co-habitation digitization project. This is wonderful news, and their goal is to eventually put online ALL of the co-habitation records from each county.

New Book
For those with an interest in Virginia, there is a new book out by Marion Woodfork Simmons, called Memories of Union High An Oasis in Caroline County, Virginia 1903-1969. This school has origins from 1895, when members of the Caroline County Sunday School Union implemented a plan to build and operate a secondary school for Negro children. The school, was originally named Bowling Green Industrial Academy, later then Caroline County Training School and finally Union High School, and it was the only secondary school for Negro children in the county from 1903 to 1969.

Here is an additional African American resource covering North Central Florida area rather well. It is the Records of the Cunningham Funeral Home. They have been digitized and the digital collection resides at their digital site. You can also contact Traveler Wendell at 352-273-2909, which is the University of Florida Digital Library Center.

Thanks for listening this week. I look forward to chatting with you next week. Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast #140 December 9, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at

Event in Pennsylvania: Please join the folks in Philadelphia on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. The Marcus Garvey Memorial Foundation will be celebrating its 50th anniversary at the Charles L. Blockson Afro American Collection, Temple University Libraries with a special viewing of the exhibition, “Marcus Garvey and Global Black History,” featuring honorees and guest speakers, including: Sonia Sanchez (Poet & Professor Emerita, Temple University), Reverend Dr. William Shaw (Pastor, White Rock Baptist Church), and Barbara Mason (Recording Artist).

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Bernice Bennett Show one Blog Talk Radio will feature Tonya Browder – Director of the Tompkins Memorial Libary next week. If you missed last night’s episode, catch the archived program where Aaron Dorsey talks about slavery era research strategies.

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Lives of the slaves and their freedom. An interesting article caught my attention recently about the experience of newly freed slaves. The article appears on the Illinois State Genealogical Society website. It is called Riding the Contraband Train. It is an enlightening article on the harsh realities of the lives of slaves once freed. It was harsh, dangerous and often they were met with a hostile community that did not welcome them.

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NGS Conference Registration Now Open

NGS Registration is now open:
Registration is now open for the NGS 2012 Family History Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. The conference will take place 9–12 May 2012 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. For additional information and to register online, go to
I also urge many listeners to also submit proposals to speak. Upon quick glance I saw no African American researchers presenting African American topics. Of the speakers selected, they are experienced and devoted researchers and I am sure they will all present useful information. My suggestion is that many more from the Afr. American community also join them and begin to share your own skills, strategies and knowledge. There is room for many more to join, share and teach!

From the Blogs
A good post was written by Robyn Smith of Reclaiming Kin family history blog. She emphasizes a number of facts about slavery that we as researchers need to know. Click on the link and read her post–she has shared excellent points.