African Roots Podcast #88 December 10, 2010

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! Today is Friday December 10, 2010. My name is Angela Walton-Raji and you can always reach me at African Roots Podcast@gmail.com .

December and January Events:
Washington, DC… The National Archives and Records Administration will launch a redesigned Archives.gov web site on December 13, 2010, as part of its flagship Open Government Initiative. A preview of the redesigned Archives.gov is online. There will also be easy links to National Archives’ social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and more.
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January 11,
African American Genealogy society, Philadelphia, PA. Blended Families. African & Native American Family Research
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In Ohio: Jan. 22, 2011 10 a.m.-noon Ohio Historical Center, Columbus A Genealogy Workshop: Cornerstones of Genealogy
This course establishes the foundation for all genealogical research, providing beginning genealogists or family historians with an understanding of vital statistics, census records, land records and probate files. It includes topics such as military records, church records, identifying female ancestors, importance of source documentation, and more. For basic information, call 614.297.2510.
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Jan. 29, 2011 10 a.m.-noon Ohio Historical Center, Columbus Genealogy Workshop: Family History Sources at the Ohio Historical Center This workshop offers a closer look at Ohio Historical Society holdings and their use in genealogy. This session is ideal for those who want to find out more about the sources in the society’s Archives/Library. To register, call 614.297.2510.

End of the year—-time to renew membership! Don’t forget to renew your membership in your local genealogical society. And if you are not a member, it is time to consider joining the historical society that covers the region where your ancestors lived. This is a wonderful way to learn about additional resources.

Interesting information from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. A new African American oral history program has been launched! This is an exciting new collaboration between the library and the Springfiled Illinois African American Foundation.

Civil War 150th Anniversary
Are you ready for the Sesquicentennial? Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the US Civil War. I hope that you will consider honoring the many African American men who fought for their freedom with the US Colored Troops, and the regular Army, as part of the Union Army.

If you have ancestors from New England such as the 54th and 55th Massachusetts, or the 29th Connecticut, then major events such as Ft. Wagoner, will interest you. Those soldiers serving in Virginia will have an interest in New Market Heights, (Chaffin’s Farm),or the Crater at Petersburg. Those with ancestors from west of the Mississippi, will want to know what happened at Poison Springs, and Honey Springs, Cabin Creek, and Jenkins Ferry. And we should all learn the lessons of what happened at Ft. Pillow.

If we don’t learn this history, then revisionists will spin it in a different way. Stick to the primary documents that tell your history, and your ancestors will be honored as they deserve to be.

There are many opportunities to participate and there are thousands of stories to tell. Now is the time to pay attention to this rich history and to tell these much over looked stories.

Well, thank you once again for listening.

Keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

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