Monthly Archives: October 2012

African Roots Podcast Episode #184 October 12, 2012

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Hello to everyone from downtown Chicago Illinois! I am here in the midwest attending the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Afro-American Genealogical & Historical Society of Chicago! I am so excited as I will be a speaker at this event and I am also looking forward to learning from so many of this organizations cadre of talented speakers! It is always good to be here among so many dedicated genealogists.

Of course October is a busy month, and next week many people from around the country will be headed to the International Black Genealogy Summit in Salt Lake City. That promises to be an exciting event!

October 13, Baltimore:
Baltimore Family History Conference: The workshop is sponsored by the Baltimore Maryland Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held in Essex, Maryland, on Saturday, Oct. 13.

October 27, in Charleston SC an All Day Genealogy Workshop will take place. The event lasts from 9:00 – 2:30. Registration will include lunch. There is a discount if you register before October 20th. has announced that they have an interactive graphic feature on their site. It is called “An American Family Through Time”. It is interesting to see how the nation changed and how the census varied from year to year.

Well, I have alluded to this event in recent weeks, and I am now happy to simply say save the dates. In 2013, an inaugural event will unfold, and I hope that you will all meet me in St. Louis for the first Midwest African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI). Sponsored by the St. Louis African American Genealogy & History Society, Harris Stowe State University, and this promises to be an exciting event. The institute will occur the week of July 7, in St. Louis Missouri. From July 8-11th, four days of classes, lectures, computer lab time, and visits to rare collections and archives will provide a unique experience of looking at African American Genealogy for the novice to the professional. Next week the extended website will be up and registration will begin in the early part of 2013. So, I hope that we will all meet up in St. Louis next July!

If you missed it, don’t forget to listen to Joseph McGill on Bernice Bennet’s show. The archived version is online immediately after her show ends. Joseph McGill has begun an amazing effort to preserve the slave cabins around the nation, and is bringing attention to this need, by spending the night in various slave cabins that still remain around the country. More about the Slave Dwelling Project can be found on the wonderful Low Country Africana website.

Well special congratulations to the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society for the celebration of their 33rd anniversary at the annual conference in Greensboro North Carolina. Also it was announced that AAHGS is joining the online genealogy community with vigor! A new AAHGS Facebook page has been launched, a Twitter page, and a new AAHGS YouTube channel as well. Soon to follow will be a special blog where instructional videos and webinars will reside.

With all of these activities unfolding this month as the year will wind down we should all take time to reflect after we are filled with new techniques and strategies. Colder weather approaches and we will want to take more time to reflect on what we have learned and to plan for the coming year, how we will utilize these new skills.

Thanks for taking out time to tune in again and in the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast Episode #183 October 5, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


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First of all—a special SHOUT OUT to everyone in Greensboro NC, who is attending the 33rd annual conference of the African American Historical and Genealogical Society. The conference will go through tomorrow and bus loads of people have departed from the mid Atlantic as well as from the middle of the country—Arkansas as well. I know that a good time is unfolding for everyone, and I am also happy to mention that images from the conference can be found on the new AAHGS Facebook page. And of course there are lots of opportunities to learn occur at each conference.

I am personally excited as I will be in Chicago next week for the Chicago African American Genealogy Society’s annual conference. I will be presenting as well as listening and learning from other speakers as well. And after that the following week, Salt Lake City awaits the International Black Genealogy Summit. So exciting things to come!

Speaking of growing and learning, if you missed it, tune into Bernice Bennett’s show from last night where her guest was Beverly Rice who spoke about Genealogy Education. It was an episode to inspire many of us to expand our own skill set.

(By the way an announcement of a new institute will unfold next week—so stay tuned!)

Special thoughts and prayers for the genealogy family in New Jersey. Many of us have fond memories of Lucious Bowser former chapter president of the New jersey chapter of AAHGs. Some of us who have been with AfriGeneas from the beginning also remember him from the old days of the AOL Genealogy Forum when he used to visit the chat as LouBow. Lucious will be fondly remembered by many.

A new book out depicts the life of Abraham Galloway, a figure we should all know. The author is David Cecelski, who has written a number of books about African American history.

I hope during AAHGS conference this weekend that you will all consider taking out time to increase your own skill set—network, listen and grow. And beyond that I also hope that many of you will consider joining the community of teachers, presenters, lecturers as well. As some inspire us, we can inspire others to do the same thing. Let’s embrace the technology around us and embark upon this new journey with enthusiasm.

Thanks for listening and please continue to keep researching, keep documenting and always keep sharing what you find.