Monthly Archives: April 2012

African Roots Podcast Episode #158 April 13, 2012

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April 14
In Columbia SC, I hope that you will be able to participate in the historic tours of the African American sites. The Historic Columbia Foundation, as well as another group called One Columbia, are sponsoring 4 tours tomorrow throughout the city of Columbia South Carolina. Among the sites to be visited are:
The State House
-Modjeska Simkins House
-Randolph Cemetery
-Bethel AME Church
-Benedict College
-Allen University
and more. For more information on the sites and of the tour, click HERE.

April 28, 2012, Sharpsburg MD
The Dignity of Freedom: Pathways Through The Civil War and Beyond

This is an interesting event coming up about the Civil War, presenting a view of African-American slavery and emancipation from a national perspective and the border state experience. The speakers will cover many issues including the Battle of Antietam as well as the Emancipation Proclamation, Black Civil War soldiers, and will also include information on historic Tolson’s Chapel in Sharpsburg. Total cost for symposium and lunch is $15.00 ($11.00 for box lunch and $4.00 park entry fee). If a
lunch is not requested, the $4.00 park entry fee can be paid the day of the event.

From Arkansas–Digging Up Roots Series April 21, Digging Up Roots Arkansas History Commission The Arkansas chapter of AAHGS, presents a Series—of Research Days beginning this month in Little Rock. The events last from 8am till noon, and the sessions will occur in April, June, August, October & December. Among their topics covered at these events will be Beginning Genealogy 101, Tracing the African American Family, Oral Interviews, Finding Elusive Females, Breaking Through Brick Walls, and so much more.The sessions are for researchers of all levels, so those who are also not beginners will also find these to be great sessions.

Cemetery Preservation Conference This year’s event will be in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. I will post a link to the conference as soon as it is posted.

Bernice Bennett Show If you missed last night’s episode of Bernice Bennet’s radio program, tune in to Blog Talk Radio for the show Research at the National Archives and Beyond. If you have ties to Michigan, you may be interested in hearing a presentation by Derek Davey who will speak about state resources in Ohio and Michigan.

I was recently online and found more than 2 dozen African American genealogy communities on Facebook. I urge you all to explore the many social communities online and make some connections. There are opportunities on many levels to network, meet new people and to learn from each other.

Well I know many of your are still pouring through the 1940 census. After you make your first finds, do sign up to become an indexer and assist with this massive effort to get the census in a searchable state. We need all hands on deck to make this happen.

Thanks for listening, and keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast Episode #157 April 6, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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Well this has been an amazing week with the opening of the 1940 census! I had the press at my home when the census launched and perhaps you saw the article in the Tuesday edition of USAToday. Well it has been fun exploring the records all week, but now after finding the relatives, it is time to help the indexing effort. Please take the time and pay it forward by assisting with indexing the states from the 1940 census.

Indiana–From Indiana:Indiana Freedom Trails Quarterly Meeting
April 7 th 2012 11:00-1:00pm
Indiana History Center 450 W. Ohio Street Indianapolis (parking off New York St.) The guest speaker will be Ms. Deanda Johnson Midwest Regional Coordinator NPS National Underground Railroad Network To Freedom. She will speak about researching the Underground Railroad and the Network to Freedom Application process.
This is event is free and open to the public. More information HERE.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
April 14, 2012
In North Carolina a workshop on Researching African American Family History will take place on April 14 at the Wilson Special Collections library at the University of No. Carolina, in Chapel Hill from 10 – 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Register by emailing Biff Hollingsworth at

Main Speakers
Dorothy Spruill Redford, former manager of the Somerset Place History Site and author of Somerset Homecoming. She will discuss use of primary resources such as the Southern Historical Collection Pettigrew Papers, the Anne Cameron Collins Papers, and Cupola House Papers that she used to document her own family who were enslaved at Somerset.

Also speaking will be Holly Smith and Biff Hollingsworth librarians at the Southern Historical Collection who will discuss their collections and how to use the library resources to conduct genealogical research. Joey Funk of the Southern Oral History Program will also provide tips for conducting oral history.
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Don’t forget to attend the Ohio Genealogy Society Conference next weekend in Cleveland. They have great speakers lined up so do try to make it!

The Nation’s Capitol will host the 8th Annual Genealogy Fair at the National Archives in Washington DC. This is a two day event where the archives gets to showcase its many holdings for the public. I hope to see many of you there!

Well this is the 3rd anniversary of the African Roots Podcast! As a thank you for listening to me for 3 years I am happy to announce the African Roots TV video channel on YouTube. On this channel I hope to cover events that I have attended, share people and places that I visit and cover those topics that I hope will interest you in the African American genealogy community. This new video channel I hope will feature those persons that are breaking new ground in the genealogical community and I hope to showcase the accomplishments of many researchers in the family! Thank you for supporting me for the past three years, and I hope that you visit my channel from time to time!

Well, thanks for listening again. Please continue to work hard and keep sharing, keep researching and always keep sharing what you find!