African Roots Podcast Episode #278 August 1, 2014

This Week's Pod Cast

 

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

And, welcome to the dog days of August! Hopefully you are all keeping cool this weekend, but let me give a shout out to the Taylor family of Rocky Mounty North Carolina, that is celebrating their 61st consecutive Family Reunion. So a large clan of the Taylors, Dunstans, Arringtons, Bunns, Joiners, McCrays are all gathering in Rocky Mount this weekend for family fun. I attended their 50th annual reunion and was most impressed! So have a great time, Taylor family!

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Well how is the indexing coming for everyone? This is a reminder to please participate in the Family Search indexing project. We need to get the Freedman’s Bureau records indexed. This is part of a partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture,  and Family Search. It is imperative that all of us participate in this critical indexing project.

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Are you watching WDYTYA? If so, then join some of your genealogy friends from the Afrigeneas.com (afrigeneas.com/chat) and watch the program with us! We gather as genea-friends and have a watch party and comment upon the research methods and resources that were used in the various episodes. Join us to discuss the strategies that are used on the programs. We watch together, the research strategies and the record groups that are used. So join us!

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Well the institutes are over—Samford, MAAGI, GRIP, but a few conferences remain for the year—so it is time to look at FGS that is coming up at the end of the month. And many are in Indianapolis this weekend at the Midwestern Roots conference, so a shout out to folks who are there.

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Well this is now August and the end of this month—the FGS Conference has Gone To Texas! There are some wonderful speakers for African American research. Janis Minor Forté will give a presentation on The Digital Library of American Slavery. This under-used website is amazing and she illustrates some amazing features to be found on this site. Danielle Batson will give a presentation on Beginning African American research. At any conference there is someone who is new, so I am glad to see this beginner’s session.  J. Mark Lowe will be discussing those unknown resources for finding Freedman marriages. This is one that you will not want to miss. Many of these marriages are not found at the courthouse, so this will be very useful. So if you live in the Southwest, San Antonio, Del Rio, El Paso, and even New Mexico, I hope that you will be able to make the FGS Conference.

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For some inspiration—I encourage you to listen to fellow genealogists. Last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s show featured, The Memory Keepers, who collaborated and wrote the book, “Our Ancestors, Our Stories.” This was good because they spoke about the persons and the places that they went to, in order to find their data. The lesson is that you will not find everything online. This was good to hear how they had to travel and get to the courthouse and interact with other South Carolina based resources to find their own family history data. Ms. Bennett’s show airs every Thursday night at 9PM on Blog Talk Radio.

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A question for you all: What is your inspiration? I find people—other researchers inspire me. But I also pay attention to the stories that capture my attention. Sometimes I end up writing about them, because they have to be told. I wrote a blog post about Cudjoe Lewis the last survivor of the slave ship Clotilda, I found more of his story.  With the story of Spotswood Rice, I went in search of a feisty soldier—I found a dynamic leader of the AME Church. That is our challenge—do you find other stories? Have you thought about telling them? If a story has caught your attention, could that same story be of interest to others who know you? Perhaps if you research it and tell the story as well—the benefit is there for others. You are making a tremendous contribution to the general scholarship that is out there.

Many of us are writers—but now is time to write more of those other stories. The Memory Keepers have given us a good model to follow. Now is time for the unwritten journals to emerge and those other types of platforms to expose an incredibly rich history. The opportunity is there and the charge is for us to become more active in the community, to become more active on social media, and to find more of those stories. I find inspiration from those stories.

 

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Meanwhile have a good week, and enjoy those reunions. Let’s all start writing and capture those moments. Thanks for your time

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