Monthly Archives: March 2012

African Roots Podcast Episode # 154 March 16, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


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

Upcoming Events:
March 18
A NEW PODCAST! The Indiana African American Genealogy Group is launching a series of podcasts. The first one will be this Sunday March 18, and will feature Suzanne Hahn of the Indiana Historical Society who is director of reference services at the William Henry Smith Memorial Library at the Indiana Historical Society. She will also, discuss the upcoming genealogy program, including the 2012 Midwestern Roots conference.
More information about the podcast can be found here.

March 15,
Registration for the Rosenwald School Conference has begun,
The National Rosenwald Schools Conference will be held June 14-16, 2012 on the campus of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. The National Trust for Historic Preservation extends an invitation to the public to attend this event. To receive a copy of the preliminary program phone 843-722-8552 or send email to Katherine Carey.

March 23-24, 2012
Fairfax County Genealogical Society conference
Location:Marriott Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033 Friday sessions start in the afternoon and go into the evening. Saturday the sessions begin at 9am. Char McCargo Bah will be presenting “A Fresh Look at African American Genealogy”. She also has two other sessions, one on Finding slaves through vital records, and another session on using church records. This is truly a very good event to attend and you have the chance, by all means do try to make it to their annual conference. Great schedule—including some mini-lectures as well.

March 24, Also next week—the Baltimore African American Gen. Society will host a genealogy expo. Members will be on hand to showcase their genealogical work, and others will be there to teach classes to beginners and will receive help in getting started. The event will take place at Enoch Pratt Library at Cold Spring and Loch Raven Blvd. in Baltimore.

March 31, at the East Baltimore library branch—there will be an all day workshop in Baltimore for those interested in truly becoming more advanced technologically—Thomas McEntee will present four workshops:
-Facebook for Genealogists
-Google for Genealogists
-Navigating the 1940 US Census
-Social Networking: New Horizons for Genealogists

New Blogs:
The Cooking Gene This is the website of Michael Twitty a culinary historian and researcher. His site is unique as he unravels his journey to explore family history through foodways of the ancestors. He also seeks to heal and have a form of reconciliation through foodways, as well.

Another Blog: Roots Revealed. This is the new blog of genealogist Melvin Collier, noted author and genealogist. This blog takes the reader step by step as he unravels a particular family line in each post.This is the perfect kind of blog that people need to see. You can see how he applies logic and analysis to answer questions that he has. I am delighted to see that he has joined the blogging community and I hope that you will become one of his followers.

The Northwest African American Museum in Seattle is an interesting site to visit if you are in the Pacific northwest. I was pleased while looking at their website to learn that they also have a genealogy center. The Center offers free access to major databases like World Deluxe, World Vital Records, Legacy Family Tree Software, as well as resource books and the knowledge of experienced genealogists. To schedule a one-on-one appointment contact the Genealogy Center Coordinator at 206.518.6000 x108 or

New Records at Family Search
From the Caribbean
Bahamas Civil Registrations from 1850 – 1959 This includes births, deaths, and marriages. So if you have ties or have ancestors from those communities in the Bahamas—this will make your search a more convenient one.

BARBADOES BAPTISMS 1739-1871 Primarly an INDEX Index to selected Barbados baptisms. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. Burials 1854-1885,Marriages 1854-1879

District of Columbia Some new records are also added:
• District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840-196427 Apr 2010366,990
• District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-195916 May 2011103,160
• District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-195010 Jan 2012659,487
• District of Columbia, Births and Christenings, 1830-1955 *10 Mar 2012109,908
• District of Columbia, Marriages, 1830-1921 *5 Mar 2012

This is a great time to be a genealogist, and you are urged to join the community online—through social networks, massive databases, and using the amazing tools to tell your story better. So many of them are free and they can enhance how you tell your family story!!

Thanks for listening and continue to do what you do. Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast Episode #153 March 9, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast

Welcome to the African Roots Podcast.
You can reach me at

A reminder to tune in every week for the Thursday evening broadcast of Bernice Bennett’s Radio Program. Last night’s show was a very good one with Marion Woodfork Simmons, author of “Memories of Union High.” This is a wonderful weekly treat for us in the genealogy community.

This is Friday and I hope that you will join our WDYTYA (Who Do You Think You Are ) viewing party. Many in the AfriGeneas community meet every Friday evening and watch the NBC program and talk about the story as it unfolds. We talk about the conclusions reached by the researchers, and also take note of how it is presented to the special guest. It’s a lot of fun to watch with your genea-friends.

News for Virginia Researchers: The Library of Virginia has just acquired a volume dealing with Slave Accounts from Middlesex County, 1838. This is a unique volume for it provides an account of expenses for slaves, from clothing to tools, and it provides names of slaves and their owners. Such a volume will provide some insight into early 19th century life, by looking at items purchased for their use. It is not available as yet, for researchers, for it is mold damaged and will have to go through several preservation processes before its release to the public. However, make a note of its existence and be sure to follow up with LVA archivisits to find out when it will be available to the general public for use.

March 10th
Tomorrow the Middle Peninsula African American Genealogical Society is having their monthly meeting at the Essex Public Library in Tappahanock. Located on Rt 17, if you ware within driving distance of this area, you are urged to attend.

March 24th Baltimore MD
African American Genealogy Expo at the Enoch Pratt Library at Loch Raven and Cold Spring Blvd.  Sponsored by the Baltimore AAHGS chapter.

May Workshop Announced
May 6th Annual conference Kensington MD, Family History Center
Among the speakers for this spring event will be Bernice Bennett of the popular genealogy blog radio program, Margo Williams who shares her research journey, and also nationally known speaker DearMYRTLE.

Tomorrow May 10th, Little Rock Arkansas
The Arkansas AAHGS Chapter will present their annual workshop with their theme on “The Forgotten: Arkansas African American Soldiers”. Arkansas Civil War history is very close to my heart as many are not aware of the rich Civil War History of Union Soldiers from the state of Arkansas. There are several regiments from Arkansas, plus there were also battles on Arkansas soil involving black soldiers who came from other states as well. I have a list of the battles of these soldiers on my Arkansas Black History Website.

By the way—do consider joining the 1940 Census Indexing Project. As you know the census will be released on April 2, 2012. And we are all excited, but it will not be indexed and volunteers are being sought to assist in getting the census indexed! There are many opportunities to participate in this important project.

Also do take note of the genealogy communities on Facebook and consider following lots of people on Twitter. Also note the recent threads on Facebook about opportunities for Genealogists of color and an apparent effort to prevent speakers on the national level. The threads are interesting reads.

Two Blogs to Note:
Melvin J. Colliers whom many of us know as author of two books on his research journey, now has a brand new blog. Called “Roots Revealed”, Melvin presents his first research story about the very photo that is part of the header of his blog–a beautiful photo of a family of people in Prattsville Arkansas. I had the experience of speaking to people who are possibly descendants of persons in that photo–part of the Danner/Cooper lines from that Grant County Community. I urge you to visit the blog and we are all standing by for more from Melvin Collier.

Another blog came to my attention because it is a the blog of a woman who is a writer, and not a genealogist. Andrea Cumbo shares tips and writes about her life as a writer. But her recent video that she put together about a slave cemetery on the estate where she lived, caught my attention. The blog is found here. But the post that caught my attention was her post where she put images from the slave cemetery together to tell the story of enslaved people who once lived on the estate where she lived. She is involved in a special project to tell their stories.

I found info on these blogs through social media and I hope that more of us are becoming involved in paying attention to this vibrant community on Facebook, Twitter and more. There is a very active genealogical community–and we need to explore it. Take some time to just see how many new online gatherings that you can find and follow some of them. Many new doors may open up for you.

In the meantime, take care until next time. And Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.