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African Roots Podcast Episode #147 January 27, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can always reach me at AfricanRootsPodcast@gmail.com

Tonight you are all invited to the Geneabloggers Radio program on Blog Talk Radio. I have the honor of being the guest host. Tonight’s show is “Walking on the Same Path. Descendants of Slaves and Slaveholders Collaborating”. This promises to be a special show with my three guests, Bernice Bennett, Betty McDade, and Toni Carrier. We will discuss methods in which descendants of both sides of the slavery experience can work together to share data and present history.

February Events:
February 8th African American Genealogy Open House, Boston Massachusetts
NEHGS (New England Historic Genealogy Society)
Where: 99-101 Newbury Street
When: February 8, 2012 9:00AM – February 8, 2012 9:00PM
This will be a free day of research and a chance to learn about African American family history. NEHGS Online Genealogist David Allen Lambert will help you learn how to trace African American ancestors, author and historian Alex R. Goldfeld will present stories of Boston’s earliest African American community, and author Joseph Carvalho III will share his revised edition of Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts 1650-1865, recently published by NEHGS. The lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception. All participants will receive free access to the NEHGS research library for the day, with time to research on your own. Free; registration required. Call 617-226-1226 to register

Black History Month approaches and there are tons of events around the country taking place. I was excited to find a state that has outlined a number of events going on in various regions in Virginia. Click HERE to see the extended list.

February 18th is also a busy day in many communities—the St. Louis African American Genealogical society is hosting their third annual conference at the Harris Stowe State University campus. I am excited as I will be traveling to speak at that event this year. This is a dynamic group that has a lot of energy and is becoming a model organization to follow.

Also if you live in the Hampton Roads area, on February 18th there is a fascinating program that will be presented by Drusilla Pair. She is coordinating a program called “Sunday Crowns” which will look at the hat history that many families have. This event will take place at the historic Newsome House of Newport News.

A Census Extravaganza is Planned!
The Central MD Chapter of AAHGS has a fascinating 3 part event planned, beginning tomorrow January 28th. This is to prepare members for the upcoming unfolding of the 1940 census! The first session of the 3-part census extravaganza—Census Detectives: Learn to be a Genealogy Gumshoe– is this Sat. Jan. 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Owen Brown Neighborhood Center in Columbia MD. Learn how to think like a detective in searching for your ancestors in census records. Also, you will hear about different records (aside from the more commonly-used genealogy records) that may provide clues to help you in your search.

The second session of the extravaganza —In Their Footsteps: Learning the Basics on Genealogy Research is Sat. Feb. 18th from 12 noon to 2:00 PM. See flier attached for details.

The third session of the extravaganza will be specifically on how to find your ancestors in the 1940 census to be released online on April 2, 2012. The third and final session is March 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM. A flier with additional details will be distributed at a later date.

CALLS FOR PAPERS:
February 1, 2012 is right around the corner! Time to submit your proposal to speak at Salt Lake City!
IBGS-International Black Genealogy Summit. The final deadline to submit a proposal to speak is Wednesday February 1.

The Family History Expos has announced their Call for Papers

Well I hope that you will tune in tonight to the Geneabloggers program for there is an opportunity to listen to three researcher share their stories of how they have worked with people to bring forth the history of enslaved people to light. My goal is to encourage us all to embrace all aspects of our history. Our history is vast–and all of it whether enslaved or free, immigrant or native born, we all have walked on the same path and traveled the same road, and all of us are part of a vast and colorful quilt that make this nation a great place to be. It is also a wonderful time to be a part of the genealogical community. The proof comes in the records and the records will have value as long as we share.

Thanks for listening. Have a great week, and keep researching, keep documenting, and always keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast Episode #146 January 20th 2012

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast.You can reach me at AfricanRootsPodcast@gmail.com

EVENTS
Tonight on Geneabloggers radio, Marion Woodfork Simmons will be a guest on GeneaBloggers Radio on Friday, January 20, 2012 starting at 9pm. She is the author of a local history book on Union High School in Caroline County, Virginia, starting at 9pm Eastern to discuss her interest in genealogy and efforts to preserve Caroline County history.

January 25, Toms River NJ January 25th 1pm Toms River NJ
Black Family Reunions Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., Toms River NJ will present a panel discussion that explores “African American Family Reunions and Family History” Wednesday Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. The program will help people appreciate the similarities and differences between African American family and other family reunions, as well as the traditions and legacies of those reunions.
Genealogists will learn about the roadblocks and challenges faced when doing African American genealogy as well as discover resources available for their search

Deadlines: February 1, International Black Genealogy Summit Call for Papers Deadline is February 1st. Click here for Call For Papers info.

Call for Paper, Federation of Genealogical Societies 2013 Deadline for the proposals to be submitted is May 15th.

Is it time to step out of our comfort zone? Perhaps we should all consider looking into a new arena, follow a new writer or blogger, and explore a different area of the country for it’s genealogical gems. Why do so? New doors can open, new strategies and methods can be learned and new knowledge can be acquired.

We must remember that history belongs to all of us, we should feel free to explore those histories, those stories, those experiences from all members of the family of mankind. I hope to venture out of my own zone of comfort and learn so much more this year. You are invited to join me and do the same. Listen to new people and make new friends.

There is so much so learn, and explore and we are just scratching the surface of the many things that can be done.

Thanks for listening, and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!