This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast.
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Upcoming Events:
March 12 – New York City

Harlem LDS Center holds genealogy conference from 1–4 p.m., the LDS Chapel in Harlem on Malcom X Blvd, is sponsoring a genealogical conference focusing on African American genealogical research. If you’re in the New York City area and interested in getting started on your family history, or if you’ve been stumped at some point and want to get back into it, come on up to Harlem this Saturday.

Harlem LDS Chapel
306 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10027
Saturday, March 12
1–4 p.m.

From Central Virginia, a number of workshops for March and April:

March 26, Church & Cemetery Records presented by Shelley Murphy. Hear how church and probate records bring value to your genealogy research. This talk will also cover information on cemetery records and online resources. The presentation will be at the Fluvanna County, Virginia Public library and begins at 12noon.

April 16, Charlottesville Family History Center Conference, registration now open, free and open to the public. Bernie Gracy, locational genealogy expert is the key note speaker. Visit

April 23, Caruso Brown presents his book entitled, “The Little Light is Mine”, This book is both a family genealogy as well as a celebration of the major elements “lights” of Caruso’s life. This presentation will be at the Fluvanna County, Virginia Public library and begins at 12noon.

March 19 – Athen Georgia The Clark-Oconnee Georgia Genealogy and History Expo
10:00 – 4pm (all day event) Workshop presentations on Digital Library of Georgia, Restoring Old Photographs, Using church records in family history, Oral History—Ask Granny and How to
All lectures are free Site—Campus View Church of Christ on Lumpkins Ave in Athens GA

April 16 – Atlanta Georgia
The National Archives at Atlanta will present a Civil War Symposium, a day-long program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The event features scholars and historians from leading archival and academic institutions, as well as an exhibit of 19th century African American newspapers. The symposium is slated for April 16 and costs $20 to attend. Visit NARA’s website for more information.

Don’t forget to watch Who Do You Think You Are, (WDYTYA) and join us in the AfriGeneas chat center to watch the program with other geneabuddies.

Have you been paying attention? Webinars are breaking out all over the genealogy community.
I suggest that you visit Thomas Macentee’s website-Geneabloggers for a list of upcoming genealogy webinars. Many are free, while some will charge from $1 to $15.

The new museum National Museum for the Study of African American Life and Culture will be built and will open in 2015. However, the museum is already busy collecting data and reaching out to the community. The wonderful thing is that the museum is also teach the African American community how to preserve artifacts and treasures from family collections and they are also collecting oral histories. The museum though yet to be built, already exists and is launching a major effort for families to preserve their treasures. Spend some time on the website, and become encouraged to work on your own preservation projects more than ever. This is also the time to think about preservation, storage, duplication of information, and telling your own story of your own research journey. That too, is a story.

Well, thanks for listening. Have a good week and keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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