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African Roots Podcast Episode #219 June 14th 2013

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Greetings everyone from Birmingham Alabama! I have been attending the Samford University Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research. This kind of event is really inspiring because it adds so much to my insight. I get to see the many projects that others are working on and I am truly thrilled to be around people with so much energy. I come back from events such as this with a renewed vigor to get busy and to do so much more. And the added benefit is meeting the wonderful people out there!

I hope you get to listen to last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s show. Bob O’Connor is the author of a book about the black soldiers imprisoned and buried at Andersonville-the historic Civil War Prison.

A shout out to everyone who will be attending the Prince George’s County AAHGS Chapter Juneteenth Celebration tomorrow at the Watkins Park in Upper Marlboro MD.

Speaking of Juneteenth, check out LowCountry Africana. They are launcing Seven Days of Juneteenth.

Best wishes to Professor Dru, Drusilla Pair who is taking her genealogical passion to the stage, next week, in Newport News Virginia. She thinks outside of the box and she is taking this interest and passion in history and in writing to a new arena. What a neat way to expose local history! Break a leg!!

Congratulations to Lisa Lee who is gearing up her Got Genealogy website again! We are paying attention to her many talents to shine!

Stay tuned this coming week for the announcements about the MAAGI Scholarship winners. This is an inaugural event that will be hosted by Harris Stowe State University in St. Louis Missouri.

I also hope to see some of you in Ft. Wayne Indiana at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. This will provide an opportunity to spend some time at the amazing Allen County Library, in Ft. Wayne. This is, of course the largest genealogical library east of the Mississippi.

Well, folks, this is a shortened podcast, as I am away from home and not using my regular computer. I hope that you have a wonderful week of research and celebration. And of course, remember to keep researching and keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast Episode #218 June 7, 2013

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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I am coming to you today from Burbank California, where I am attending the Southern California Genealogy Society Genealogy Jamboree! I am thrilled to be here and have already met some people whom I have only known online from the blogging community. I will be giving a genealogy presentation later today as well.

I have already run into other genealogists–Judy Russell the Legal Genealogist, Elyse Doerflinger, Randy Seaver, Tim Pinnick and so many more.

This is the kick out for many events coming up. There is still time to come to MAAGI. That promises to be a memorable event for sure. This might be the time to really sharpen those skills and to make sure that you are doing it the right away. What we do is so much more than merely collecting names.

Prince George’s County AAHGS will be hosting their annual Juneteeth Family History workshop next week end at Watkins park. The event is a full day of workshops and they are also free of charge.

While here at the Jamboree, I hope to visit the Roundtable discussions. There will be a table focusing on the American South. I hope that you are making the effort to connect with the resources available in you own home state–or the ancestral state. You might find information about the slave holder and their history–keeping in mind that our history is embedded in their history.

Last night if your researching enslaved ancestors, you need to catch up on Bernice Bennett’s show from last night. Her show airs every Thursday evening at 9 pm EST on Blog Talk Radio.

How are you getting your information? Are you making sure to take advantage of the many online resources, live video streasm of current workshops and the pre-taped webinars, podcasts, and sessions. The method of acquiring information has changed in a dramatic way–but a good way. I hope that you are able to really say that you are continually expanding your own skill set as well.

I am looking forward to speaking with some of the developers of family history data. There are no programs that allow us to include slave holders as we collect data on them. There is truly a need for such a program to allow us to track communities in a different way.

A questions for you, how committed to you to your genealogy? Are you committed to telling the story and to tell it well? How committed are you into seeing that the story gets told? We must document and document things well, but we need to make sure that the story will continue? Are you commited to asking questions and obtaining pieces of the story all the time? Being around so many professionals who are committed to personal growth as a genealogist. This is something that we have to do. Are we thinking of acquiring the credentials that will assist us at sharing the data or telling the story well? I have told the story of my favorite Uncle Sephus, and I have committed myself to telling the story–his story–telling it well. The commitment has been to tell that story well. But we must find strories on other lines. We should commit to embracing and tell those stories. We need to truly involve ourselves in the many learning opportunities out there. If you can’t travel, watch those video streams, webinars, and read, read, read! Books, journal are all about this process.

Well, I have to get out and attend sessions, deliver a session, and commit myself to learning so much from being here at the Jamboree.

Thanks for listening, I appreciate you for being there, and please remember to keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!