African Roots Podcast Episode #257 March 7th, 2014

This Week's Pod Cast

 

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

Hope you are all thawing out and maybe there is a hint of spring in the air. At least we have had a slight thaw in the mid-Atlantic area.

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Genealogy News ! !

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Deadline Extended for MAAGI Scholarship

Scholarship Information Here

 There is still time to apply for a scholarship to attend MAAGI to July. It is always great to consider expanding your education. MAAGI is the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. The deadline has been extended to March 15th.

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Speaking of education, I just learned about an online class that is offered out of the University of Pennsylvania. It is called the History of the Slave South. This is an amazing class offered online and it goes throughout the entire academic semester. This looks like a very impressive and thorough class, and for those completely unaware of the complexity of American slavery, this might be an excellent foundation course. It is too late for this one, as they are half way through the semester, but I shall make a point to follow them to see future classes.

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Hope you were able to catch Bernice Bennett’s show, Research at the National Archives and Beyond. She has two broadcasts this week. Karen Sutton was a guest and spoke about her massive Funeral Program Collection. She went into great detail about her collection of documents from the extensive booklets to the small prayer cards. A lot of good information.

A second broadcast occurred when Robyn Smith came on and shared her work on looking at Brick Walls and whether or not they are artificial or self-imposed brick walls. This was a wonderful re-broadcast of this episode and the live chat unfolding was full of good links being shared by listeners as well..


And coming up next week—the live dramatization of the play by Drusilla Pair, whom we know as Professor Dru, “Flight to Freedom”. This play grew out of the research that she conducted when studying a historic house in Virginia and the family that lived in that home, the Fields Family. She combine her interest in history and research with her passion for writing. This is a great example of how one can combine their interests. She shared much of this when she spoke in St. Louis, and many also witnessed something similar through researcher Konnetta Alexander. Ms. Alexander combined her passion for research, story telling and art, and presented the story of Matilda, and ancestor whose story she has also presented in a unique way. Sometimes we should allow our stories to come forth in new ways, and both of these ladies are providing perfect examples of thinking outside of the box.

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Events:
Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting, Ft. Wayne Indiana is coming up next month on April 5th, and J. Mark Lowe will be the featured keynote speaker. Ft. Wayne of course is always a great place because the Allen County Library is there, and for me a neat place to conduct research.

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Fairfax Genealogy Society Annual Conference on March 28th and 29th at the Marriott Hotel, Fair Oaks.
I have attended this event in the past and have always enjoyed it! This year they have many tracks which look so exciting! There is also an interesting African American Track as well, so take a look at it and perhaps we will run into each other there!

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Do you like photographs? Are you intrigued by old 19th century and early 20th century photos of African Americans? Well take a look at sites such as DeadFred, Forgotten Photo Project, but don’t forget to look at AfriGeneas.com. There is a set of images called Precious Photos. Take a look there. Also, on Facebook there is a group called Vintage African American Photos. Beautiful images and elegant portraits and astounding images of children. And also some interesting images do show up on Ebay as well.

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My word this week is collaboration. I mentioned the work that Drusilla Pair collaborated with a colleague Adjena Rogers. Well we have been awaiting it’s arrival and it will be out in the next 1-2 weeks we will  have a chance to own the book, and to hear them on Bernice’s show as well.  But their is a story of collaboration, and it is time for us to consider collaboration as a method of getting our own stories published. Their book is called Our Ancestors, Our Stories, There are many avenues out there, and for those who want to write, perhaps joining forces with others of a similar interest might be the avenue to follow.


And as budding writers, let us also remember that to be a good writer, we must also be a good reader. We need to have models and to read not only for content, but for structure, and to tell our story well. So include the Memory Keepers book in your library. But you need to also have Finding a Place Called Home, Somerset Homecoming, Black Roots, Black Indian Genealogy, the Washingtons of Wessyngton, and more, in your library.

 

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Well thanks for listening to this week’s podcast! Stay warm and I hope you have a great week of research. In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

 

African Roots Podcast Episode #256 February 28, 2014

This Week's Pod Cast

 

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

Now that the last day of February is here, I hope you have managed to stay warm. I am looking forward to March arriving and hopefully for hints of spring to start to emerge soon. 

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS!

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Marriage Records from Ghana available on Family Search

Marriages from GHANA

 This is a great collection of records that have now been digitized on Family Search and thanks to the work of Dr. Osei-Ageyman Bonsu who is active in the LDS and actively having wonderful records digitized from Ghana West Africa. What is great about this collection is that this goes back into the colonial era when Ghana was still Gold Coast. I was not sure if the local people were included or if this was only going to be records made of the colonial population. But I examined this collection and was delighted to see the Ghanaian people reflected in these records. And I even had a special delight when I found a record that pertained to some close friends of my husband. It was the marriage record of the parents of one of our friends, so that was indeed a surprise to find! So, if you have friends from Ghana–and chance could be that you do, they may want to be aware that records from Ghana are now appearing online at Family Search.

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From the West Indies, Carribbean Newspapers Available.

For those who study 18th and 19th century West Indian history, it is good news to learn about a collection of early Caribbean news papers coming through the efforts of the American Antiquarian society. As stated on their website “Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876—the largest online collection of 18th- and 19th-century newspapers published in this region—will provide a comprehensive primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within this important group of islands.” This is exciting as it will open up new resources for people who have interest in the history of the many people who landed on the islands.  

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NATIONAL NEWS!

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Hope you were able to catch last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s show, which was a re-broadcast, of the interview last year with researcher Selma Stewart of Tidewater Virginia! This was a good show with a great discussion about this much under-used record set known as the Freedman’s Bureau. This record set can never receive enough attention, and although it is not a record set for beginners, it will at some point become a critical record set to examine when it is time to tell the story of those days which were hard days, right after freedom.

Also note–there will be a special LIVE broadcast on Bernice’s show, featuring Karen Sutton, B.A., M.A. who will talk about her extensive Funeral program collecction and how she not only collects them, but also how she uses them as well. This special broadcast will take place on Friday evening at 9pm EST on Blog Talk Radio.

Special Broadcast Airs Monday Evening at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio

 

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TWO OUTSTANDING ARTICLES BY GENEALOGIST ROBYN SMITH

Artificial Brick Wall 

Brick Wall—the word of the month these days. I urge you to look at a wonderful article shared by Robyn Smith about “Artificial Brick Walls”  in African American research. Robyn has thoroughly outlined some amazing barriers that are sometimes self-imposed that address some of the reasons that we don’t get too far in our research. Take a look at this outstanding article on the link above.

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Slavery Studies – Immerse Yourself

 

Link to Article byRobyn Smith

Do you stop at slavery because it is too painful a period to research? Do you really understand the complexities of this peculiar American institution, and have you made the effort to explore what your ancestors went through in full detail. No it is not a warm fuzzy story. No story of oppression is, but to be better researchers, we should indeed study what happened and learn from the scholars and historians who have written and explored this period. The works of John Hope Franklin, Ira Berlin, Herbert Gutman are a good beginning.

Well, Robyn Smith put together an excellent list of works with which you should be come familiar. Her piece Studying Slavery is an excellent piece that should be read by many.

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Young People Introduced to Genealogy in Texas

Here is an event that is over. I missed it entirely. But I am posting it here, because it looks like it was a great way to introduce genealogy to the younger generation!! This took place in Ft. Worth Texas and it addressed young people and suggested using Social media to find their past!

This comes out of the Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society in Ft. Worth Texas. I saw their event after I had taped the podcast and I decided to find out how it went. I heard from Brenda Sanders-Wise who informed me that the event was quite successful! Quite a few photos were taken and the the young people in attendance were totally engaged because it wasn’t all genealogy.  They infused some math problems as it dealt with birth and deaths, etc.trivia questions, and they also awarded the young person who had the correct answers. They were also able to stir their interest by stating that we had an app for that area of research that interested them through the use of of their phone Ipad, social media, etc, gave them a family tree chart to fill in the blank during the workshop. It sounds like a great event, and I shall be interested in learning more about he activities of this society as they have some great ideas, so hats off to them for a wonderful event!

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Well time to wind things down for another week! Stay warm as ice storms are approaching this weekend. Thank you also for taking time to listen. In the meantime, please remember to keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!