Monthly Archives: April 2014

African Roots Podcast Episode #264 April 25, 2014

This Week's Pod Cast

 

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

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Stepping Outside the Box – A Hat Program

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Congratulations to Drusilla Pair who is having the third annual Hat Program at the Newport News Virginia Newsome House. This is one of those “Stepping Outside the Box” programs, where she has taken family artifacts and turned her appreciation into a full program. I think many will find this an enjoyable event. What is neat is that it has now become an annual event in the local community. These are the kinds of things that I like–taking an interest, studying it and expandind it incorporating the skills that you have already into something new. This will unfold tomorrow and I certainly wish her well!

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TWO CALLS FOR PAPERS ANNOUNCED
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      Roots Tech Call for Papers        FGS Call for Papers  

Well these two announcements were made this week for what will probably be the largest genealogy gathering in the world! I am talking about 2015, when both Roots Tech and the Federation of Genealogical Societies will hold their conferences at the same time in Salt Lake City Utah! The time will be February 2015 and both have released their call for papers! This is a great opportunity for professionals to step up and step out with proposals to come and share your knowledge, and expertise with the world!  I have provided links to both Calls for papers above for you.

This might be a good time however, to also pay attention to those other calls for papers in our region and to make a commitment to learning about our own local history or the history where our ancestors lived. Conferences taking place in many locations, and we need to commit ourselves to telling that story in those communities as well.

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Create your Own Timeline

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What dates in history are in your head? 1492? 1776? 1859? 1865?  What dates do you have on your mind that are part of you family history? Do we have a good concept of history? Do we know what dates are critical ones for researchers of African Ancestored families? We may need to consider creating a good workable time line, so that we can understand what happened on a large scale and apply it to our own family situation. We should all know what happened in 1865—but there are other critical years that we need to understand. I know from social media this week someone asked about slave records, but the inquiry was made about an institution that was not created until decades after slavery ended. In addition to years—we need to have places on our minds–ports of entry for slaves brought to America as well.

This is the time therefore to revisit history. We need to see that knowledge of history is essential and we do need to commit ourselves to learning about it.

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Blog Radio Interview – The Author’s Midwife

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Last night’s episode on Bernice Bennett’s Blog Radio program, was refreshing and I was re-inspired when I listened to the rebroadcast of the interview with Anita Paul, the Author’s Midwife. She talked about the organization of the book project. I loved her emphasis on good editing, and the value of  understanding one’s audience. You will be inspired, so I urge you to tune in to “Research at the National Archives and Beyond”. Ms. Bennett’s show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm EST on Blog Talk Radio.

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Civil War Re-enactments Unfolding

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Glad to see that there is more activity involving the actions of the US Colored Troops and the treasuring of history and actions of the Black Union soldiers in the US Civil War. I am glad to see that Joseph McGill is taking his Slave Dwelling Project soon to Nashville Tennessee. I urge you to join him and join others in studying this history and to embrace the places, the dwellings and in general the history of the old estates and the humble slave dwellings. This is so important.

I hope that we also learn from him, who has taken his level of being the history professional in a new direction. We are all teachers, and as a result we have entered the arena of being a professional genealogist as well. So much of what we do is important, but we need to recognize it as such. As teachers, we know that teachers are part of a noble profession. Researchers, scholars and genealogists are as well. Let’s start to look at ourselves as part of a professional team to tell the story.

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A Musical Invitation

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A Musical invitation has been released, and this is different. Here is a portion from the press release that I received:

“At her Sunday recital, ROCHELLE SMALL CLIFFORD will debut a new cycle of songs on which she collaborated with internaitonally celebrated composer Valerie Coleman Page (IMANI WINDS). This cycle “Trailing Tears to Triumph (Life Beyond the Dawes Rolls) consists of three songs which focus on themes central to her roots here. “SOIL, TO SHE,” which is an a cappella vocalise about her relationship to the scent of the soil in this region, most specifically Oklahoma and Kansas. …“SILVER COINS” is a glimpse into the complex landscape concerning the FREEDMEN of the FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES. Her desire to produce this piece was rooted in a deep-seated pride for her many ancestors: slaves owned by Cherokees and Creeks, who survived the bitter TRAIL OF TEARS to help settle the West. Lastly, “CWW” is a stirring portrayal of her grandfather, Curtis Willie Webber, who was a contractor for many building projects in and around Kansas and Oklahoma. “


This is quite unique and sounds quite fascinating. It will occur on May 4th, at the Wichita Collegiate Galicha Auditorium. Admission is $20 (tickets sold through ROCHELLE.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM, phone: 800-838-3006, email: support@brownpapertickets.com).

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Well, I hope as the conference season quickly approaches that our paths will cross. I look forward to events on east coast, the west coast and also in the Midwest.  In the meantime keep committed to those projects that we all have and stay focused.

Thanks for listening and know that I appreciate your messages and emails, and please remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

 

African Roots Podcast Episode # 263 April 18, 2014

This Week's Pod Cast

 

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

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Well hello everyone and Happy Easter! I hope that you will all have a wonderful Easter weekend with your family and loved ones this weekend!

Well you know this is April and this is a milestone year for so many things that happened in April 1864. Emancipation took place in the District of Columbia, and there was in fact a parade on Wednesday in Washington DC.

Image from Harper’s Weekly, 1865

And for many who study events from the Civil War–there were some critical battles in the Civil War that unfolded in April. Ft. Pillow, and today in Arkansas is the 150th  anniversary of the battle of Poison Springs.

Sign Commemorating the “Incident” at Poison Springs.

I urge you to all study the events in your local area including Civil War history—because for a simple reason–many of our ancestors enlisted in the Civil war in 1864. Thousands of them —literally. And if you have not created your own timeline on your own family history then take note—for many of us–this is the beginning of freedom. Many of our own families also found freedom. The men enlisted usually around the time of a Union Army raid. When confederates were driven away, that meant that the captors, the enslavers, overseers were absent, and families found their first taste of freedom! This is something to take note of! Keep in mind one sobering fact—our ancstors have been enslaved longer than they have been free. So this is a critical thing to celebrate!!! Freedom oh freedom how sweet it is!!! So let the 150th anniversary of Ft. Pillow, and Poison Springs entice us to seek the freedom story and to tell it!

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The Conference Season Begins!

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The conferences are here! May is only a few weeks away, and there is opportunity to attend the Family History Center Annual Spring Conference in Washington DC!

After that comes NGS Conference, the Jamobree in Southen California, followed by Samford Institute, MAAGI, and so much more!

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From Family Search

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Last night on Bernice Bennett’s Show, Research at the National Archive and Beyond, featured two experts from Family Search. Merril White and Robert Kehrer were her guests, and last night’s show provided a great opportunity to listen to and hear methods of searching using the various filters and links to navigate your way through this incredible website! In fact one person followed a tip provided by the guests and actually found an ancestor while the show was airing! It was also a chance to have questions answered such as what the partnering with Ancestry would mean for users of Family Search. As usual it was an excellent show and it provided some good tips for those tuned in. The show airs every Thursday evening on Blog Talk Radio.

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A Story of Preservation

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You know I often speak about preservation, and I have mentioned the work of Joseph McGill before. This is the man working to preserve the slave dwellings throughout the country. He has brought attention to many of them, by noting their history and by spending the night in slave dwellings. The goal is single—to see that the homes of enslaved families are not demolished.  They are testament to the past, and they are were so many hopes were dashed, dreams deferred and plans for a better life emerged. As humble as the structures are, I applaud Mr. McGill, for these structures do need to be preserved.

Source of Image

 I notice that there was a tour earlier this week called “Behind the Big House” in Mississippi, and the tour encompassed the history of the dwellings. These tours are amazing and if he is coming to your area–consider joining him. Get a group from the community and meet and greet this man and the work he is doing to create those places were hopes and dreams were made and sometimes deferred, and where freedom began. These places matter and they are the sacred places where our ancestors spirits remained for many years! He is a person to follow and one to support.

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Free Access to Civil War Records on Fold3

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Between now and the end of April access to the Civil War collection  on Fold3.com will be free. Since we are in the middle of the 150th anniversary season, and since the Civil War Began in April, Fold3 is providing free access. This is good time to explore the USCT Service Records, or to check out those pension index cards, this is your chance, so go to Fold3.com and explore some Civil War History.
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Well as we move into the new conference season and travel season, let’s stay committed to telling all of the critical stories and to support each other as we embark upon that journey. I look forward to seeing many of your on the road over the next several weeks!!

Thank you for listening, I always appreciate knowing that you are there and that you take out time from your busy schedules to tune in. In the meantime have a Happy Easter! And remember to keep researching…..keep documenting….. and keep sharing what you find!