African Roots Podcast Episode #137 November 18, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast

 

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

Well we are less than a week away from Thanksgiving weekend and I want to be the first to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

The year is winding down and not many genealogy events left in the year.

Tomorrow: Baltimore Maryland, Reginald Lewis Museum: Researching Black and Indian Genealogy East of the Mississippi. That will be at 10:30 am.

Columbia MD: Owen Brown Community Center. Internet Resources for African American Genealogy

This is a good time to reflect on those projects that we may have put aside. Don’t forget the National Day of Listening.

How many of you have remembered to tell your OWN genealogical story? You know—we often fail to include our own research story in the family history story. Perhaps it is time that we do such a thing.

Some sites to assist you:
National Day of Listening
Oral History Interviewing Guide
Step by Step Guide to Oral History
Tell Your Own Story
Spoken Stories

It is perhaps time to think about new projects to tell the story of the ancestral family. Consider stepping outside of your comfort zone with some new activities:
Document the community.
Look up Benevolent Societies in the community and write about them.
Who were the veterans–WWII, WWI, and Civil War?
Were there any health epidemics that affected your region? Or were there natural disasters like floods, or fires?
Was the family part of the Great Migration? Have you told that story?

Let’s time time over this holiday period to document those stories and to create new traditions perhaps in our own families!

Have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving Everyone!

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