Monthly Archives: October 2013

African Roots Podcast Episode #236 October 11, 2013

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Hello everyone and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
You can always reach me at African Roots Podcast @gmail.com

A special hello to you from Nashville Tennessee! I am here in Tennessee attending the National AAHGS conference! This is the 34th annual conference of the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society conference. Coming here to Nashville is a special treat for me, because I have ancestors that came from this state—the Bass family. Actually two of my lines are from Middle Tennessee. So being here is quite special.

WE have speakers from all over the country from New York to the Carolinas, from Florida to Kansas and also from the far west! Authors, historicans and preservationists are here from everywhere, and it is a pleasure to be here.

I have to share with you a part of my day yesterday. I am still feeling it today, in fact—I had the wonderful opportunity to visit historic Wessyngton Plantation. This was an amazing experience. If you have had the chance to read the work by John Baker called The Washingtons of Wessyngton, you will then know that a large group of us visited this amazing historic estate. This is one of those places where you can feel the spirit of the ancestors as you approach it, and such was the experience there at Wessyngton.

If you have never had the experience of visiting an estate such as Wessyngton, I urge you to do so. I can only say that I “felt” the place before we arrived there. As the land changed, and I saw large sweeping meadows, I could only pause and let me imagination fill those meadows with people working the fields sunup, to sundown. The very vastness of the place was intriguing, and I could not help but think so much of the bodies that worked that estate continuously. I thought of the trek to the fields, and I experience the trek to the slave cemetery. The walk was not an easy walk, and again I felt for those who took their loved ones to be buried there. Such an amazing day and one which will continually make me aware of what our own ancestors endured.

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By the way, I did get a chance to visit the Tennessee State Archives on Wednesday. I was exploring chancery court records and was so excited to examine the abstracts. I found data that I had not seen before and have tons of material to blog about for many weeks!

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This is the last major genealogical event of the calendar year for many of us, and it might be one of the last events in other states as well. There have been a number of FHCs offering genealogy workshops nad I know that several are taking place in the Mid-Atlantic states. Plus many are off to SLC this week.

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A warm welcome and congratulations to some new AAHGS chapters that were announced yesterday at the conference. Minnesota, Charlestons SC, Montgomery County MD, and Delaware have all formed new chapters and have brought new members into the AAHGS community. Congratulations to the new chapters and to the new members.

Also a warm shout out to fellow bloggers, Renata Sanders, Toni Carrier, Nicka Sewell Smith, and others from the blogging community who are also in attendance.
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Well this is an abbreviated podcast this week, but I want to wish you all the best, for a wonderful week of research and please remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast Episode #235 October 4, 2013

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
You can reach me at AfricanRootsPodcast@gmail.com

Well it’s one week away folks—that’s right the 34th annual AAHGS conference!! I am looking forward to seeing everyone there and meeting some new friends. This is the 34th annual conference and it looks quite interesting! Also this will be the opportunity to explore the archives and hopefully go a little bit deeper in to the family history as well! Should be loads of fun!

Also of course the chance to go the Tennessee state archives is a special treat and will hopefully open a new chapter as well.

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Well—we are in the middle of a major government shutdown. Crazy times–so many government sites that we as genealogists use are also down. That means that LOC.gov, the Library of Congress website is down. Civil War research is impacted, since the National Park Service Civil War database is down, and for Land records—-the Bureau of Land Management site is down, and a favorite site—Chronicling America, the site where thousands of newspapers can be accessed–it too is down. Well what can we do? Well if nothing else–blog about it—tell the story of how it has impacted you and your work. Tell the story, if nothing else.

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Some events are going on around the country–many of the Family History centers are also hosting events either this weekend or next. This is kind of the last hurrah before winding down events for the year. Check you local family history center to see if there is a presentation about to unfold in your area.

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I hope you got to listen to Bernice Bennett’s show last night! It was quite good–the descendants of Guy and Sarah Drock–two enslaved people from New England were on along with a descendant of the slave holder as well. The story was made intersting as the two slave descendants are also white–and did not know for many years of their having had an African ancestor. Quite interesting indeed! Bernice’s show airs every week on Blog Talk Radio.

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I have been participating in a great writing venture called The Book of Me. This project encourages writers to tell their own personal story—to leave that legacy for the next generation. Well today I had the chance to also visit a Google + Hangout–a live interactive online chat about the Book of Me Project. This was a great way to not only meet people but to interact with others who share a common interest. This can be a great teaching tool in addition to a way to meet other writers.

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Well, winding down and getting ready to depart for Tennessee. I thank you all for listening and hope to see some of you in Nashville. Have a good week and remember to keep research, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.