This Week's Pod Cast
Welcome to the African Roots Podcast!
You can reach me at: AfricanRootsPodcast@gmail.com
Hope you had a good week, I have been busy including writing and working on blogs, and getting myself into the mode for putting thoughts down, and trying to determine which way to go in the next several months.It has been a busy week. I have been following other bloggers. By the way the African American Genealogy Blogging Circle. The group is still following and writing it’s way through the PBS Series, The African Americans, Many Rivers to Cross. It was poignant for me, as I lived through that era, so I ended up writing up about things as I recalled them. So read my blog if you have a chance, and do follow the others bloggers as well.
And this is almost holiday time. The National Day of Listening is coming as well. This is a good memory making time. Speak with the elders and collect some of those stories. Many communities have started a number of Oral History projects have emerged, especially those from World War II. If you still have a grandparent or gr. grandparent—let’s talk to them. The Tuskegee Airmen are still here. So take some time during the Thanksgiving weekend to capture those stories.
Did you capture Bernice Bennett’s show last night? Marquetta Goodwine was featured. She has worked so hard to preserve aspects of her culture coming from St. Helena Island and that of the GullahGeechee community. I find that in the kind of community prersevation that she has been a part of, there is the chance for us to use her work as a model and to consider capturing our own history as well. I have been excited however, to learn about other community projects that people are involved in as well. Let’s work hard to share our own local stories and artifacts, and historical landmarks. The churches the schools, old businesses.
It is time to extend a congratulations to Drusilla Pair, whom we know as Professor Dru. She took the story to the stage. She has taken a story of a family’s “Flight to Freedom”. And she took the story back to the spot where it began. She presented a play that she wrote that came from the Hanover Tavern. She has chosen to go beyond “Grandma and ‘Nem”. The told the story of Martha preparing the food for the children and walking to freedom. She was invited to tell the story and she shared some photos with us, the room was packed. She is telling a community of people, making their way to Ft. Monroe, that fortress of freedom. The lesson for us as genealogists is to find the story. And if the ancestors did not tell the story, then read the books written by others and then analyze what we read. When you see those references to the slaves that left—look closely and tell that story, and the story is just that—that they left. She will be presenting a similar program in the Hampton Virginia area in February.
I had the chance to watch a good webinar on Mind Mapping that Thomas Macentee presented. I learned that Mind Mapping is an interesting tool to keep track of projects. And this could be a method of sorting through and creating a strategy. I was surprised that I got it, and I can see the value especially for African American family structures that are sometimes complex. This webinar can be found on Legacy Family Tree, and might still be online for free.
I had a chance to visit some old databases and websites that I often use. Besides Ancestry and Fold3, I have been looking at some overlooked resources on Family Search. There are a number of Videos, including African American videos on methods and strategies. Many of us become stuck and it is time to shake ourselves out of the rut by looking at new resources. And lately there has been a lot of talk about Brick Walls, or challenges. Well sometimes these bumps in the road or detours can provide new opportunities for us to look at something differently. So look at the holdings at Family Search and some of the wonderful resources—they offer more than documents. And we may want to revisit the documents that we already have. And that is also where the Mind Mapping also appealed to me, to encourage me to think differently. If you research multiple lines and multiple communities then there are facts and circumstance that are unique to that area.
By the way on Monday at 3pm Bernice Bennett is having a special broadcast, on The Wanderer Project. This is a project emerging from the slave ship Wanderer. Well one of her guests is direct descendant of a survivor of the Wanderer. Rev. Fred Morton, will be on her show he will be talking about his family’s history and legacy. And her other guest is April Hynes who will talk about her work after discovering a Face Jug. So tune in on Monday at 3 pm on Blog Talk Radio.
Speaking of slave ships I have been looking at a fascinating story shared on social media this past week about the slave ship Clotilde. This was the last known slave ship that brought Africans to America and many came from the Yoruba speaking parts of West Africa. I have been looking at census records and found many of these people who lived in African Town in Mobile Alabama. Such stories are often shared on Facebook and other forms of Social Media.
Well time has passed and it is time to wrap things up. Next week is Thanksgiving and a great time to speak with elders. Pull out those recorders or even use the one on your cell phone and start asking questions and listening. The entire weekend will be a great time to get those stories told and to hear some new stories. In the meantime, thank you for listening and tuning in, and I wish you a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Day!
And remember to keep researching keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!
This Week's Pod Cast
Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
You can reach me at AfricanRootsPodcast@gmail.com
A special thank you to all who tuned in last night to listen to the Blog Talk Radio program, Research At The National Archives and Beyond. I had the honor of being the guest host and special thank you to Bernice Bennett for that opportunity. And a special thank you to my guest–the African American Genealogy Bloggers—Nicka Smith, Melvin Collier, George Geder, and Terry Ligon, who discussed history through their own eyes. All are blogging through the series “Many Rivers to Cross” on PBS and hosted by Henry Louis Gates. If you missed it, go and listen to the archived version. We had a great time last night.
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Today is notification day as several of us await the word from the Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree, and we await the decision if our proposals have been accepted to speak in 2014. So we are keeping our fingers crossed and hope we are accepted for next year.
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Best wishes to Professor Dru (Drusilla Pair) who has a production coming up next week in Hanover VA where she has taken her interest in family history and genealogy to the stage. I love it that she has managed to merge with other interests and talents, and take history to the stage. She has studied the history of a family that came out of the historic Hanover Tavern. Several stories have emerged from that space, including an old diary that told the family’s story when they were enslaved in Hanover. The room where the presentation will take place is the old kitchen–where one of the characters in her play actually lived and toiled as a slave. This is a story of resistance and is important in so many ways. The presentation will be on Tuesday at the Hanover Tavern,so break a leg, Professor Dru.
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I just learned about an intersting conference will emerge–the Slave Dwelling Project will host a conference and it will take place in Savannah Georgia in late July. There is no detailed data as yet, but when I get it I shall pass it on. This comes from the work of Joseph McGill’s Slave Dwelling project.
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Some interesting records are now available on Ancestry of late. The service records of World War I, from Georgia as said to be online. I have not used these records, but in case you have ancestors were were drafted from Georgia in WWI, then you may want to take a look and see if this collection is useful to you. The Freedmen records of the Five Civilized Tribes can now be found on Ancestry. These reside primarily on Fold3, but are also now on Ancestry. Also note that a very small collection of records from the US Virgin Islands can now be found also on Ancestry.
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I also want to encourage more of you to consider taking your family stories out and putting them down–write them in some kind of way. I have found the genealogy blogging circle to be helpful for me, but also the Book of Me project to be a great way to write more. If you are not yet comfortable with your own writing, then perhaps the Writers Bootcamp that was mentioned today on Geneabloggers, might be a good vehicle to get you started. Whatever works for you, go for it. We need more stories out there!
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Well winding down again for another week. Please know that I appreciate the time you take to tune in an listen, and know that you are appreciated. In the meantime have a great week and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.