Monthly Archives: March 2013

African Roots Podcast Episode # 208 March 29th 2013

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
I can always be reached at AfricanRootsPodcast@gmail.com

Folks in greater Washington DC—the Fairfax county genealogy conference is coming up!

2013 FAIRFAX GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY SPRING CONFERENCE
FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013 ~ 2PM -8:15PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013 ~ 9AM-3:45PM
MARRIOTT FAIR OAKS, 11787 LEE JACKSON HIGHWAY, FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA

There are several interesting tracks from which one can select classes including an African American track
-Seeking Virginia Ancestors – Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg, PhD
-Immigration and Naturalization, Sharon Hodges
-Using Genealogical Evidence to Break Through Research Barriers – Tom Jones, Ph.D.,
-Starting Genealogy in the 21st Century – Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG
-Pennsylvania – Our Neighbor to the North – James M. Beidler
-Private Citizens, Public Lives: Individuals through the Eyes of the Law- Judy G. Russell, JD, CG?
-Not Your Mother’s Genealogy– DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson) and Carrie Keele
-Metes & Bounds of Land Plats – Gerald H. “Jerry” Smith, CG
-Introduction to Other “Neighbors” – Sharon Hodges & Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG
-African-American Research – Char McCargo Bah

-We were Always in the Court House: What You Can Find on African Americans in Court Records.
-Overcoming Ten Brick Wall Problems in Searching For your African American Ancestors.
I Found the Slave owner – Now What Do I Do?
Searching for 19th and 20th Century African American School Records.

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From the world of science–archeaology and DNA:
Graveyard DNA rewrites African American history Apparently, scientists now believe that two of Christopher Columbus’s shipmates were the first Africans to set foot in the New World, a study has found. (Follow link to read more!)

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Well I hope you got a chance to listen to Bernice Bennetts show last night! It was part 2 of a series on the Jeanes Teachers who were part of an incredible team of teachers that supported the historic Rosenwald schools and who made an incredible impact on rural communities. There is an amazingly rich history—and if you did not hear it—I will actually suggest that you download the archived version—and I also suggest that you listen to last week’s broadcast which was the first in this 2 part series!! A wonderful chapter in history and community history. Her show airs every Thurisday evening at 9 pm EST, and is immediately archived afterwards on Blog Talk Radio

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Ok—how many of you got a chance to watch the live video streams from Roots Tech last week? Most of us did not get to go and become a part of the 6700 plus people in attendance. However many of the video streams were there. Check out the live video streams here.

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OK—some good news—there is a new opportunity to attend MAAGI—the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute in St. Louis in July. A new scholarship has been announced—

Evolution Consulting Group Scholarship Award – Midwest African-American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI)
Evolution Consulting Group (ECG) offers a scholarship to be awarded to an individual who submits a paper based a “genealogy brick wall” they are experiencing and why they want to attend the MAAGI. The paper should be at least 1,000 words written in WORD. The award carries a $300 value applicable towards the “registration” to attend the “Beginning Methods and Strategies” Track at the MAAGI, July 9-11 in St. Louis, MO, at the campus of Harris Stowe State University. The winner will be acknowledged at the opening session.Papers are accepted via email until May 30, 2013, at 5pm. For any questions or submit email to: info@evolutionconsultinggroup.net. In the subject line, please put “MAAGI-Brick Wall”.

AfriGeneas.com will also offer a scholarship for MAAGI and an announcement is expected early next week.

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2013 FGS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN

“Journey through Generations” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

March 8, 2013 – Austin, TX. Online registration is now open for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled for 21-24 August 2013 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Register at http://www.fgsconference.org by 1 July 2013 for an early-bird discount. This year’s conference theme is “Journey through Generations,” and the local hosts are the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) and the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI)

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If you have an interest in teaching genealogy to children, you must read Bernice Bennett’s piece shared on Facebook. She had a conversation with 3 young girls, ages 6,7, & 8. And she asked them the simple questoin–How are we related? It was beautiful to read their responses, and to see how much they enjoyed the dialogue. Consider following her on Facebook if you don’t already and read it—what a delightful story!

Well, thanks again for your taking time out of your day to tune in to the podcast. I always appreciate your being there and I love hearing from you!

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

African Roots Podcast Episode # 207 March 22, 2013

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Hello and welcome back! Remember you can reach me at AfricanRootsPodcast@gmail.com

Well I have to send a big hello to everyone who is in Salt Lake City Utah this week attending ROOTS TECH. What a great time I know everyone is having and I have been watching the live video streams! Two more days of workshops and videos to watch and I am impressed with what I have seen so far!

Now that spring is here–lots of events coming up! There is MAAGI, FGS Conference, the California Jamboree, Samford and AAHGS as well.

Speaking of conferences, Online registration is now open for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled for 21-24 August 2013 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Register at http://www.fgsconference.org by 1 July 2013 for an early-bird discount. This year’s conference theme is “Journey through Generations,” and the local hosts are the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) and the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI).

I am excited about this year’s conference as I shall be speaking there, plus there is the chance to do some research at Allen County Public Library as well, should be tons of fun!

And don’t forget the first African American organized and hosted event at an historically black institution—I am talking about MAAGI, the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute.

An event in June in Wisconsin:
Excitement is building for “Looking for a Home,” the first annual African-American Genealogy Conference co hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Madison African-American Genealogy Writing Group, which will be held June 21-22, 2013, at the Pyle Center in Madison.
The headlining speaker will be Tony Burroughs, whom many will know his name and will draw many curious researchers. From their website it is pointed out that “other speakers include Walter T. McDonald, coauthor of Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave; and Crystal Molten, from the Department of History, University of Wisconsin Madison. Moten will talk about Finding and Telling Their Stories: Black Women’s Lives and Experiences in the Historical Record; James Hansen, Society Genealogy Reference Librarian, will discuss African-American Newspapers and Periodicals; and Lori Bessler will discuss Navigating Ancestry and FamilySearch.”

Have you ever had a rift in the family? I don’t mean a small argument between siblings, but a major one in which relatives split and did not speak for years. These kinds of separations can often last for generations. Well one very well written blog post discusses such an event. The blog is Finding Eliza by Krsitin Cleage.

http://findingeliza.com/archives/10115

HISTORY INTERNSHIPS: The Senator John Heinz History Center and the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village are great places to learn about numerous professions in a host of fields. Applications are accepted year-round. These are unpaid internships available for credit or not for credit. Hours are flexible based upon individual requirements. Parking is free. Minorities encouraged to apply. Click here to apply.

If you are one who enjoys educational history, then last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s show will be of interest to you. The guest was Dr. Valenda Littlefield who has worked with the history of a group of women who educated children in the Deep South for decades. These were known as the Jeanes teachers. They taught in mostly rural country schools and were known as Jeanes teachers. I have been interested in Jeanes teachers for many years, were pillars of the communities. Bernice’s show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm eastern time.

Well thanks for listening and taking time out to tune in to this week’s podcast! In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!