Monthly Archives: May 2012

African Roots Podcast Episode #162 May 11, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


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

Ft. Smith Arkansas May 18-19
“Memorial In May” Annual PAAC Conference (Preservation of African American Cemeteries) On May 18 – 19, 2012, PAAC will sponor its 6th annual Memorial in May Cemetery Preservation Conference. The conference will be hosted by The Lincoln Echo newspaper, Rowell – Parish mortuary, and the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas. The conference will be held at the Creekmore Community Center, located at Rogers Avenue and South 31st Street, Fort Smith, AR. Mayor Sandy Sanders, and the Historical Society of Fort Smith will be on hand to make this conference informative and exciting. For more information click link above.

Bass Reeves Legacy Initiative- The Dedication of the Statue to Bass Reeves
Next week, in western Arkansas, history will be made. The most dynamic and well known US Deputy Marshall and who happens to be a man of color will be honored when a statue dedicated to his honor will be unveiled. This is significant for Arkansas, for African American Western Frontier history and for American history.

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The SAGE Project, Orlando FL Exhibition Opens Today!
A group of African-American men and women, ranging between the ages of 85 and 106, will share their experiences as lifelong residents of one of the nation’s oldest African-American townships in a unique historical exhibition that opens today. There are 16 elders who will be featured as part of “The Sage Project: Hannibal Square Elders Tell Their Stories,” an event designed to mark the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the city of Winter Park, which included the Hannibal Square neighborhood. There is an exhibition that is part of the project that will be hosted from May 11 through Saturday, Sept. 1, in partnership with the Winter Park Historical Association. An opening reception, in which the elders will be honored, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 11 at the center. That reception will open with a performance by the Center for Contemporary Dance at the Ruby Ball stage

An article about the Project was featured in the Orlando Sentinel. More information can also be found at the website for Hannibal Square Heritage.

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Bernice Bennet’s Show
I hope you tuned into Bernice Bennett’s show last night. Her guest was Anne Bradshaw, author of True Miracles in Genealogy. Her show airs every Thursday evening at 9 pm EST on Blog Talk Radio. Also note that Ms. Bennet will be speaking next week in Louisiana at the Livingston Parish Library sharing her history on her Livingston Parish ancestors.

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University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) has announced a special digitization project. The professors are archiving the 19th-century petitions that, as a result of legislation enacted 150 years ago Monday, allowed slave owners in Washington, D.C., to receive government compensation for freeing their slaves.

The team has transcribed and put 200 petitions on a UNL website exploring the Civil War’s impact on the nation’s capital. They hope to have the other 800 or so on the site by next summer. More information can be found here.

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June 2, 2012, Philadelphia

The African American Genealogy Group will host an all day workshop at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For more info about this event and others click this link.

Well, thank you for taking time to listen. Next week I will be coming to you from western Arkansas, from the site of the PAAC conference, and the following week I shall be coming to you from the dedication site of the new Bass Reeves statue!

Have a great week everyone and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast Episode #161 May 4th 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at

Beginning in May: New Tours in Georgia: A historically documented tour, “Labor Behind the Veil: A historically documented tour, “Labor Behind the Veil: The History of Slaves and Free Persons at Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion 1839-1868,” provides visitors a glimpse of the working lives of men and women who lived and worked on the mansion grounds. More information HERE. Call 478-445-4545 to book your tour.

Did you catch the Bernice Bennett Show last night? She had a good group of listeners who tuned in to hear Thomas Macentee present on Researching the Living. Her second guest Michael Williams spoke about his effort to find his family and also make contact with the living. As usual, it was a great Show. Her show airs every Thursday evening at 9 pm EST on Blog Talk Radio.

May 5, 2012 St. Michael’s Maryland, Frederick Douglass Day

The Frederick Douglass Honor Society In Partnership with The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is hosting their annual Frederick Douglass Day.A full day of activities is being planned at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum tomorrow. At 10 am you don’t want to miss Noreen Goodsen of the BaltimoreAfr. American genealogy society, who will present a beginning genealogy workshop.
The Genealogy Workshop – “How Do I Begin?” beginning at 10:00 am will take place in the Van Lennep Auditorium (Steamboat Building) Admission is $10 for adults, and free for museum members and kids under 16. For more information, call the museum at 410-745-2916. More information here.

May 21, Atlanta Georgia, The Lovett School
Dr. Edward Ayers, the president of the University of Richmond, will give an interesting presentation entitled “Where Did Freedom Come From?” Dr. Ayers’ lecture kicks-off a four-year series to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. This lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Where: The Lovett School, 4075 Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta, Georgia
When:11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.vContact:Call 404-262-3032, ext 1717 to make a reservation.

May 21, 8 pm Online Webinar, Sponsored by the Georgia Genealogical Society
Exploring the Georgia Virtual Vault
The Georgia Genealogical Society will offer a free webinar featuring Kayla Barrett of the Georgia Archives. Her presentation will focus on how to explore the Georgia Archives “Virtual Vault”. New information is being added to the Virtual Vault on an on-going basis. Learn about what’s new in the vault, the best ways to search for information, and how to download and print.

From the Blogs:

From the Blogs:
If you are looking for some good methods and want to know how to solve some genealogical dilemnas in which you find yourself, I urge you to explore the writings of Melvin Collier. Many of your already know Melvin from his two books, Mississippi to Africa, 150 Years Later A Family Reuninted. Well I want to direct you to his genealogy blog called Roots Revealed. He has a wonderful post about his experience as a genealogist who has also used DNA as a tool in learning more about his family history. His recent post shows how he connected with another person in the Danner-Bobo family line. Melvin is an excellent writer and he is one who can teach you a lot about persistence, focus and concentration on the task at hand.

There are some interesting threads on both Facebook and also on AfriGeneas, this week and I encourage you to explore them. They are focusing on a larger group of people exploring family history in the African Diaspora and we can see how people with ties from all over the Americas have a similar experience when they first encounter documents reflecting slavery for the first time.

Also take note of a group from Brazil on Facebook called ABEGAD GENEALOGIE e HISTORIA. The term “ABEGAD is an acronym reflecting a society of genealogists of African Descent in Brazil. (Associação Brasileira de Estudos de Genealogia Afro-Descendente) They are active on Facebook, and the members post some beautiful images of people both Brazilian and African. It is a pleasure to see the family in Brazil looking so beautiful! We are a large family scattered across several continents and I am personally delighted to see so many genealogists becoming active online.

Well thanks again for listening. Be sure to continue your hard work and keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.