African Roots Podcast Episode #260 March 28, 2014

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! I can be reached at African Roots Podcast @gmail.com

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Well this is a shout out to everyone who is attending the Fairfax County Genealogy Society Annual Conference this weekend in Virginia!

Fairfax County Annual Spring Conference

Track 6 will consist of African American Focused Sessions.

 The African American track will be unfolding tomorrow with Leslie Anderson who will be busy presenting several sessions, on the US Colored Cavalry, Free People of Color, the Ft. Monroe , Freedom’s Fortress, and the Hampton Roads Community. If you are attending, I know that you will learn a lot while there. I have attended in the past, and have always come away with useful information!

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Archived Podcast 

Well I must admit that I had a great time last night as I was guest host for the Blog Talk Radio program Research At the National Archives and Beyond. The guests were the Memory Keepers who have collaborated on the production of the book, Our Ancestors Our Stories. These five researchers shared with listeners their journey to publish pieces of their genealogical journey. This is the kind of project that I hope will inspire people and make them realize that they too can do the same thing. You know many feel that they are on a solo journey and yes the research is such a process a solitary one, but collaboration might just allow you to share what you have been working on. In addition, sometimes you don’t have the huge family saga—but you do have some interesting anecdotes to share about your experiences. Well others do as well, and it is hoped that you will pay attention to what these five researchers have done. If you missed the program is is already archived and can be heard on Blog Talk Radio. And the show produced by Bernice Bennett airs every Thursday evening at 9pm EST.

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GENEALOGY EVENTS

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Looking ahead, 2015 is a milestone year and I hope you are making plans for the myriad of events that will unfold. I hope next year to attend the Forensic Genealogy Institute that is currently underway in Texas right now. This is sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. I hope to attend that institute next year.

The 2014 Foresenic Genealogy Institute is currently underway in Dallas TX

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April 5th,
Baltimore Reginald Lewis Museum Genealogy Expo – Members of the Agnes K. Callum chapter of AAHGS will be showcasing much of their own genealogy at the Genealogy Expo 

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AfriGeneas FB Page

 I hope you are paying attention to social media. Facebook has a number of groups devoted to African American Genealogy. There is the AfriGeneas page and the OBA page--Our Black Ancestry. Exlpore these communities including the small state groups—all devoted to African American genealogy from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucy, Texas, and so much more. This is a good time to connect with other researchers.

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People of Delaware are to be commended for honoring their past, which occurred this past week in Wilmington. The state of Delaware  acknowledged the victims of slavery on an international day of remembrance and pay tribute to the state’s Medal of Honor recipients on the national day of recognition earlier this week. It was part of an international day celebration that has been going on for 20 years, although it had never been recognized in Wilmington, the state capital. This was a combined event with the slavery remembrance that began at noon . This took place at the the Peter Spencer Plaza, which is a recently renovated landmark to mark the site of the nation’s first independent black church, founded by Spencer, who is buried there with his wife and other church members. Spencer was born a slave in Maryland. There was also a will feature a drum call, mayoral proclamation and reflections of the past that were made. That ceremony was then followed by The Medal of Honor ceremony, at 1 p.m., is marking its 14th year.

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Casting for a TV show!

Deadline April 4th
The Casting Producer for a TV show is looking for reunions who have done something truly out of the ordinary – people who have taken their reunion to the next level. Examples could be something off the beaten path very elaborate, (a costume themed reunion, a giant flash mob, taking the grandparents skydiving or bungee jumping, etc), or very competitive (some sort of major contest – ie, soap box car build or a fashion-designing contest). This could have taken place anywhere, been a reunion of any size, and any mix of ethnicities. If the family has videos and pictures, that’s extremely helpful. To submit, send information to: familyreunioncasting@gmail.com. 

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Deadlines are approaching and as we look towards 2015—that is a milestone year.  Next year is the Sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War, so it is time to plan our conference schedules early.

  • 150th Anniversary of the abolishment of slavery in the United States
  • 150th Anniverway of the end of the Civil War
  • 150th Anniversary of the 14th and 15th Amendments to the US Constitution which gave citizenship and the right to vote to formerly enslaved people. 
Because of the milestone year–we have many things to celebrate, many things to plan for and it is time to become truly involved in the celebration of this rich legacy. And we now have a call to action and need to approach even next year with that attitude. Let’ get involved!

We will have many choices from FGS / RootsTech double conference event to MAAGI, AAHGS, and so much more!

We must truly make next year a strong year of celebration, and one in which we are to move ahead and represent, and celebrate.

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Well thank you for taking time once again to tune in an listen. Have a great week! Share your events, and remember to keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast Episode #259 March 21, 2014

This Week's Pod Cast

 

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

Welcome to springtime! Or so the calendar says! Hope your are warmer than a few weeks ago and I know that we can all look with enthusiasm towards true weather change! Anyway–the word of the day is projects! I have been impressed in recent weeks by the numbers of projects that have turned into tangible products or real time events and encourage many of you to find your niche by allowing your own projects to grow.

And by the way—congratulations to the Memory Keepers!!  This is a project of 5 genealogists who have collaborated on a book project—and wow it has emerged!

They call themselves the Memory Keepers—they are Harris Bailey, Bernice Bennett, Ellen Levonne Butler, Ethel Dailey and Vincent Sheppard. They can now announce the publication of their work—a collaboration—where they share their ancestral stories from Edgefeild South Carolina. Now 5-6  years ago many of these people did not know each other. In fact, after reading the introduction even 2  years ago some of them did not know each other. But the ancestral forces were at play and with time they did meet on varying occasions and their common tie—having roots in the same community—led to a wonderful project.
The work is called Our Ancestors Our Stories! Well—I got my copy yesterday and I am so happy to see this emerge! Finally some voices that have long been overlooked have emerged—the African American story from Edgefield County SC.

Many are not aware that early genealogies and counties published over the years omitted the stories of the Black people from the community. In many such counties especially in the south they were the majority—but yet—they were omitted and their stories were not considered worth of inclusion. Well this is a wonderful method of filling that gap and the Memory Keepers decided to put their own people back on the historical landscape.

I am also pleased to note that it is well documented all sources were cited for each chapter has full end notes with clear citations made for just about everything. I am enjoying the read, and am so happy that this has come to fruition. Why not use this as your own model–collaboration can work!

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JESUIT PLANTATION PROJECT

An interesting site was shared with me, called the Jesuit Plantation project. This site contains some historical data, but also the names of over 200 of the slaves eventually sold by the Jesuits to a plantation owner in Louisiana. I am a slightly familiar with the presence of Jesuit slaves in MD as a noted Maryland researcher,  Dr. Agnes Callum is a direct descendant of slaves from Jesuit plantations in southern Maryland. I learned years ago that there are records that go back pretty far, as, the Jesuits were at least committed to documenting the enslaved, and also baptized and allowed them to receive sacraments of the Church. This as a result created records. Many of the records themselves are now housed at Georgetown University. However, this website, which rests on a Georgetown University site contains names of the 200 plus people who were sent to Louisiana.

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Well tomorrow is a busy day—the new Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society chapter based in Delaware is having a monthly meeting and in attendance will be quite a few members from the Baltimore Chapter. This new group is off and running and to show support and solidarity, the Agnes K. Callum chapter is going to be encouraging and to fellowship with them. So this is  a warm and friendly shout out to a newly formed group.

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The Central MD Chapter of AAHGS is having a special program focusing on my funeral practices, death records,  and so much more. Elinore Thompson and another colleague of hers will set up displays and bring copies of documents such as morticians’ logs, photos and memoirs of clergy, church history books, funeral programs, and other documents that could provide clues about the deceased.  They will receive handouts and research guides as well. This chapter meets  each month in Columbia MD at the Owen Brown Community Center.

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Registration is open for the South Carolina Historic Preservation Conference Tuesday, April 22 in Columbia. We’ll be presenting two sessions with Drayton Hall ~ “Things Seen & Unseen: Looking Anew at the Post-Civil War African American Community at Drayton Hall” and “Connecting Past and Present: Researching History and Building Rapport between a Historic Plantation Site and Its Descendants.” Things Seen & Unseen: Looking Anew at the Post-Civil War African American Community at Drayton Hall

The history of African Americans at former plantation sites is less well known and in many cases undocumented, even though some sites have a significant postbellum African American history, and these communities served as bridges between slavery and modern times. George McDaniel of Drayton Hall and Toni Carrier of Lowcountry Africana will present recent documentary and oral history research on Drayton Hall’s postbellum African American community. The result is a vibrant story that puts people back on the historic landscape, and could serve as a model for other sites and preservation organizations.

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Scholarship winners for MAAGI will be announced in the next few days.

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Next week note that the Memory Keepers will be a guest on Bernice Bennett’s Show. We will get to hear how these 5 researchers collaborated and got their story in print. This should be an inspiring story to  hear. And hopefully you as listeners will be encouraged to take your own projects and expand it and dare to do something different with it. Next week’s story should truly be one that will encourage all of us. And as you know, her show airs every Thursday evening at 9 pm EST on Blog Talk Radio. 

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Well, thank you all for taking out time to tune in, and thank you for all of your messages and notices. In the meantime, have a great week and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.