Monthly Archives: June 2012

African Roots Podcast Episode #167 June 15, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


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

Hello from Birmingham Alabama! I have been here attending the Samford University Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research, for this past week and it has been a wonderful experience.

Some good news in the genealogy community: Special Congratulations to Marion Woodfork Simmons! As you know she is the author of Memories of Union High an amazing history of the school that served black students for almost 7 decades in Caroline County Virginia. I have mentioned the book before and I have also created a video about this work of Ms. Simmons. Well she has received national recognition for her work. The book was cited by the National Indie Excellence Book Award! I have also created a video about her work.


And speaking of Marian Woodfork Simmons she is presenting a workshop entitled, Preserving Local History Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012 Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am Location: Washington DC Family History Center, 10000 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD 20895 For further information and registration, please email or call 301-587-0042.

Prince George’s County AAHGS Chapter presents their annual Juneteenth genealogy conference. Watkins Nature Center on Watkins Park Drive in Upper Marlboro MD. This year the opening Plenary will be given by Dr. Elizabeth Clark-Lewis.
They have 9 genealogy workshops being presented spread over 3 different tracks. They have workshops for Beginners, for persons researching Revolutionary War ancestors, Federal Records, the 1940 census, and also resources for Hispanic researchers. This is an all day event from 8:30 – 4:00 pm. In addition they also have activities for children 7 – 12.
This is a FREE community event sponsored jointly by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., Prince George’s County, Maryland Chapter (AAHGS-PGCM), the Prince George’s County Historical Society (PGCHS), and Chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board, Elizabeth M. Hewlett.

In Frankfurt Kentucky:
“Using Facebook, Twitter, etc. for Genealogical Purposes: Making Social Networking Work for You” – Presenter Mary E. Clay
AAGGKY Third Saturday Meeting – SATURDAY, JUNE 16th, 1:00 p.m., Kentucky History Center – First floor Classroom.
Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, Pinterest users, come on out and join the fun!! African-American Genealogy Group of Kentucky (AAGGKY) Website: Email: or (502) 422-4457

June 23
From Central Maryland: AAHGS Chapter: If you have ever lost genealogical records that were stored on your computer or if you want to take simple steps now to prevent that from ever happening, you won’t want to miss this meeting! Among other techniques, our speaker Bill Shelton will show you how you can set up your computer to regularly back up your files without even lifting a finger. Bill will cover everything from cloud computing to the “One Touch” to external companies that provide back up services for a fee and much more. The meetings take place at Owen Brown community center in Columbia MD at 1:00 pm.

Don’t forget to tune into hear the Blog Talk Radio program of Bernice Bennett. The guest host was Natonne Kemp who hosted for Bernice Bennett (who is here in Alabama this week.) The special guest was Gloria Ramsey Lucas author or a book about Slave Records of Edgefield County So. Carolina. The book is a good example of how compiling data is important and also how one can collaborate with others to produce a genealogical work. This was a great show and if you missed it, the archived verson of the show is now online.

Well, winding down this week as I prepare to return to Maryland. Thanks for sending me updates on the many events in you areas. I appreciate you all for being there and please continue to do what you do. Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast Episode #166 June 8th 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!

You can always reach me at

Here is a cool event—TODAY!  Have you ever just wanted to meet a group of other genealogists and talk—no meeting, no dues, no lectures—just chat?  Well for folks in the greater Washington DC—there is a chance to do just that—-Fallon Green is sponsoring an event at the the National  Gallery of Art in Washington, and her event will simply be a meet up at the sculpture Garden—on 7th and Constitution. For a landmark—that is right across the street from the National Archives. And—-the event is tonight. The purpose is to provide a chance for Genealogy bloggers to just meet, get to know each other—talk shop, talk genealogy and talk about whatever crosses your mind! This was the brainchild of Fallon Green. She has two special guests— Christian Tenney of the Foundation for the National Archives Museum Shop and Seth Garfinkel of the U.S. Congressional Intern Office. It sounds like loads of fun, so if you are in DC this afternoon, stop by the sculpture garden, hear some jazz and connect with some genealogists.  By the way—she is a blogger—and her blog is called African American Genealogy with Fallon G.

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JUNE 16th –  Lots of events are coming up!

Family History Confernce  in Charlottesville, Virginia, The Waynesboro Stake of the LDS Church is hosting their 6th Annual Family History Conference on June 16th in Charlottesville Virginia. 1275 Timberwood Boulevard, Charlottesville, Virginia The event will occurs from 9 am to 3pm and it is free of charge.

A number of topics will be presented including:

-The 1940 Federal Census: What’s in It for Us?

-Especially for Beginners

 -FamilySearch Indexing: A Contribution to Posterity

 -Don’t Forget Your Own Story

 -“Digging Up” Graves with Your Computer

 -Making Sense of DNA Test Results

 When the Going Gets Tough…

 The keynote speaker is Jean L. Cooper from the Alderman Library of the University of Virginia. The event is free of charge, but online registration is encouraged. Online Registration is going on at Call 434-985-2321 for non-Internet registration or additional information Walk-in Registration available the day of the Conference beginning at 8:00 a.m.

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By the way—how do you get your genealogy news?  You want to look at a recent article featuring Bernice Bennett, if you missed it. She was featured in the Washington Post along with a recent video as well.  The article was well written and covers the wonderful work that Bernice is doing with a class that she teaches every week at the LDS center in Kensington Maryland.

Speaking of new—have you been following the news recently about the results of what DNA is revealing about the Melungeons? Well that is a fascinating story and there will be an interesting follow up discussion about the subject tomorrow in Frankfurt Kentucky:

-KGS/KHS Second Saturday Workshop – SATURDAY, JUNE 9th, 10:30 a.m., Kentucky History Center – 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY - ”Who are the Melungeons”  and “Myth, Media and the Melungeons” - In the light of recent DNA results (Melungeons are descended from African ancestored fathers and White mothers) Well, this should indeed be a very interesting discussion!!   Registration is required before noon on Friday, June 8 (that’s today) for this free workshop.  Contact the KHS Reference Desk or 502-564-1792, ext. 4460.

And next week, also in Kentucky AAGGKY Third Saturday Meeting – SATURDAY, JUNE 16th, 1:00 p.m., Kentucky History Center – “Using Facebook, Twitter, etc. for Genealogical Purposes: Making Social Networking Work for You” - Presenter Mary Clay

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Tomorrow in Charleston SC,  There will be a cemetery Clean Up at the Lewis Christian Union Cemetery. This cemetery dates back to the 1870s. This graveyard was chartered in 1879 and for many decades was a primary burial site for Charleston’s black community. For more information click HERE. Back in April t hey had a clean up day: Volunteers from the Preservation Society of Charleston spent their Sunday morning clearing an overgrown African American Cemetery, the Lewis Christian Cemetery in Charleston, SC.

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For some good reading, check out George Geder’s blog  His guest blogger was Kathleen Brandt of A3 Genealogy.  She wrote a great article about finding the whole story and the right story in our family history. This is an article that should encourage all of us to make sure that we tell out own family stories and put them in the proper context as well.  We have to be mindful of our goal at all times. And part of our mission is also to sort through the  many pieces–find the correct elements and to discard those elements that are more myth than truth. Part of our commitment is to tell the story and to tell it accurately.

Well, thanks again for taking out time to listen and stay focused–you know what I mean–keep researching,  keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.