Monthly Archives: November 2012

African Roots Podcast Episode #189 November 16, 2012

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Well we are a week away from the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend!! This is the time to appreciate those who are close to us and who have impacted our lives. I also hope that many of you will make some new memories–special memories, record them and treasure them.

I am happy to also announce that in a way to celebrate this season of thanks, I invite you to participate in a special event, a Blog Carnival as part of a second celebration of the National Day of Listening.

Two genea-friends and I, have decided to participate in this National Day of Listening our own way—we have decided to have our own Blog Carnival, and have created our own theme–and invite you to join us. Our theme is “The Ancestors Told; the Elders Listened; We Pass it On”. Specifically—our theme is oral history. And frankly this is what the National Day of Listening is about—it is the largest Oral History project–where ordinary people collect an oral history of someone near and dear to them, and they share that story. We urge you to join us—if you have a blog—talk about your ancestors, your edlers, and how you pass it on. You can blog about it, write about it and share on Facebook, and or create a photo essay and share it on Flickr, Instagram, or your own site. Join us as we honor our ancestors in a unique way—and pass it on!

Last night’s episode of the Bernice Bennett Show was wonderful as she presented two authors who if nothing else left the listeners with a desire to dive again into more indepth research and tell the remarkable stories that documents tell. Sometimes an accidental discovery of an item can take us on a remarkable journey.

One thing that I find exciting is to see the new energy emerging on the genealogy scene. I was delighted to sit in on a webinar on Wednesday night sponsored by the African American Genealogy Society of Northern California. In that webinar the focus was on the complicated topic of DNA. That webcast was open to the public on Wednesday.

I hope that many of you are also planning your calendars for the events ahead. Many have been announced and in a few weeks registration will begin for FGS, Samford, MAAGI and so much more. I look forward to the coming year—and I also have lots of work to keep me busy, as new projects emerge!

Have a great week in preparation and anticipation of Thanksgiving, and join the Blog Carnival!! Let’s honor the Ancestors and the Elders and pass it on to the future generation! Happy Thanksgiving!!

In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast Episode #188 November 9, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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I hope you have recovered from the Election and can appreciate that the political ads are now gone from view! I hope you voted and participated in the process! Let’s also remember those still suffering from the Hurricane that recently hit the east coast. Please give to the Red Cross and assist in any way that you can.

A special shout out to Professor Dru, who is attending and who is presenting a workshop this weekend in Duluth GA for the Family History Expo. Those who are within comfortable driving distance to the greater Atlanta area, I hope you can attend the Family History Expo at the Gwinnett Center on Sugaloaf Parkway in Duluth Georgia.

Professor Dru’s presentation will be:
Thinking Out of the Box – Creating Things with Genealogy
Is genealogy only about who begat whom or would you consider thinking out of the box by creating a new way of researching and sharing your genealogical stories? In this workshop, participants will learn ways to be creative in sharing their genealogy research. So go and show some support and love for our friend and teachers Professor Dru.

ALSO at the EXPO
Emma Davis Hamilton Manifests of Slave Shipments along the Coastwise Waterways 1808 -1864 The law of the day required that vessels carrying slaves coastwise file manifests at the port of origin and the port of destination. The manifests listed the shipper/owner, place of residence, name and description of each enslaved person.
The session is sponsored by the African American Historical and Genealogical Society Inc., Metro Now—if you don’t know Ms Emma—you need to—she has a fascinating history as well—-Emma Davis Hamilton is a retired Lieutenant Colonel (U.S. Army). She is President of the Atlanta chapter of the African American Historical and Genealogical Society, Director at Large on the board of the Georgia Genealogical Society, and Vice President of the Friends of the National Archives at Atlanta.

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Dr. D. L. Henderson will present a session at the expo entitled, Discovering African American Lives. Designed for beginning family history researchers, this presentation provides a foundation for genealogical research and addresses the challenges involved in gathering data on African American families. Topics include collecting oral history, using census records, and locating and documenting historical resources.

1:10 pm: A Tale of Two Cemeteries: What Lies Beneath the Landscape of African American Burial Grounds.
(All Levels) The presentation focuses on the cultural landscapes of two Atlanta cemeteries and emphasizes socio-racial influences—established in tradition and law—that helped to shape these burial grounds.

Dr. Paul Adjei will also present a session. He collects and preserves oral genealogical data and is currently preserving the history of one of the most powerful tribes in West Africa called the Akan. He manages 26 field staff performing research on this very large ethnic group in Ghana.
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From Maryland


The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.-Prince George’s County Chapter (AAHGS-PGCM) will hold its Maryland Legacy Day Program,,on Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 1:00- 4:00 p.m., at the LDS Family History Center, 5300 Auth Road, Suitland, MD.. Maryland Legacy Day is one of the Chapter’s flagship program held annually in November. The event highlights the contributions of African Americans to the history of Maryland.

Our guest speaker is Ms. Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manager, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture. Ms. Crawley’s topic is “Exploring Maryland’s African American History & Genealogy Resources”. As always, please bring your family displays, collectibles, and articles on African American history. If you plan to bring displays or food items, please do so by 12:00 noon. Ms. Julia Porter is taking calls for donations. Please call her at 301-702-9148.

Also, please make copies of the attached flyer and distribute to your family and friends. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Thomas at (301) 292-1207.

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On the same weekend, the AAHGS Pittsburgh Membership Drive will be underway at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Homewood Branch. The speaker is David Grinnell, addressing the Origina of the AME Church and its development.

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If you are not aware there is a Research Series underway in Utah, and the 5th in the series will be taking place next month in Salt Lake City, at Calvary Baptist Church on December 8th at 10:00 am.

It is really great to see things underway with AAHGS—which is the oldest African American Genealogical society, kudos and a shout out to the various chapters nationwide and their ongoing activities.

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KUDOS to the Africa American Genealogy Society of Northern California!

The African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) is proud to announce it’s first public webinar on November 14, 2012 at 6pm PST! The webinar, Roots Revealed: Going Deeper with 23andMe, is a follow up to a members only webinar that took place earlier this year called Understanding 23andMe. During Understanding 23andMe, AAGSNC’s Outreach and Education Committee provided practical tips and tricks for understanding DNA results obtained from 23andMe’s Roots into the Future Project so they can be successfully applied to genealogy research

This free public webinar is being offered by the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) and is limited to the first 200 registrants.
To register, please visit the Registration Site to sign up.

By the way, check out Nicka Smith’s project her Geneatography, is an opportunity to win an entire year of documentary photography. This is a $4000 opportunity. In addition there is a an entire year of genealogy research conducted, at no cost to your family. Take a look at her site with her own family history on the Atlas Family site.

A wonderful show unfolded last night on the Bernice Bennett’s Show when her guest Dr. Bernice Jones, author of the book Father’s of Conscience. Bernice’s show airs every week at 9pm eastern time on Blog Talk Radio.

Well the holidays are approaching, time to take some time to look at where we are with our countless projects. Also time to clean up our space, toss those duplicate documents and review the many things that clutter our desks, and computers and plan to create new memories as the holidays approach. This is time to backup data, organize data. And is it time to remove things that we no longer use. What do you do with the old conference syllabus that you have not looked at since 1992? Perhaps it is now time to donate to a genealogical or historical society with those old books, syllabus documents.

Also I am happy to see things unfolding in more places genealogically speaking and to see that the African ancestored genealogy community is expanding to Mexico, Brazil, Peru and even Spain. This international dimension should also be important to all of us as well, as we continue to do what we do.

In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.