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Hello and welcome to the African Roots Podcast. My name is Angela Walton-Raji and can reach me at

Tomorrow Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 10:00 am. The Fairfax County Adult & Community Education program presents a course entitled “Finding Your Civil War Ancestor During the Sesquicentennial.” Over two and half million Americans participated in the Civil War. In this sesquicentennial (150 year anniversary) learn what historical legacy your own ancestor left behind. Learn to search official records, discover pension records, and put flesh and bones to ancestor’s service during this pivotal time in our nation’s history. The course consists of three two-hour sessions. Cost is $69 and the location of the course is Chantilly HS. To enroll contact the Fairfax County Adult Education at 703-658-1201 or register on line at their website.

Two programs at the National Archives in Washington DC are taking place tomorrow, Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11:00 am. The National Archives will present a program entitled “Archival Research Tools.” Archives staff teach “beyond the basic” archival research skills.

Also at 12:00 from noon–4:00 pm. The National Archives will present a program entitled “Help! I’m Stuck.” Not sure where to begin your research? Would you like to explore new directions in your research? An archivist with extensive experience in genealogy and the records of the National Archives will be available to answer questions. The program will be presented in room G24 as well.

Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm. The Prince George’s County Chapter of AAHGS will present a program entitled “Pieces of Your Past: The Who, What, When and Where That Form Your family Tree.” The speakers are Carolyn Corpening Rowe and Ed B. Washington. The meeting will be held at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library, Oxon Hill branch, 6200 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD. Additional details can be found here.

April 23, 2011
The same chapter will also present a program entitled “Library of Congress Resources.” The speaker is Ahmed Johnson. The meeting will be held at the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center at North Brentwood, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD. Additional details can be found here.

Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 9:00 am. The Washington DC Family History Center will present its 5th
Annual Family History Conference. The keynote speaker is James Sweany, Head of the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room at the Library of Congress. The title of his talk is “Pursuing Your Family History in the National Library.” This conference is free of charge and features 23 classes that cover a wide variety of topics from beginning to advanced genealogy research. For a description of classes and registration information, visit the event website.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 – Saturday, May 14, 2011. The National Genealogical Society will present its annual conference entitled “Where the Past is Still Present.” The conference will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina. The registration fee is $175.00 – $245.00.

Looking towards April, note that April 1 is the deadline if any of your are considering making a presentation at the 2012 national conference sponsored by the National Genealogical Society.
The deadline for Submissions—1 April 2011. The theme is: The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, 9–12 May 2012. The deadline for submitting proposals is 1 April 2011. Click here to submit today.

The Call for PAPERS for AAHGS is finally out!! Call for Proposals The Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) is pleased to announce the 2011 Conference Call for Papers. The AAHGS Conference endeavors each year to provide the premier opportunity to explore standard and innovative methods, resources, and strategies centered around African American, Caribbean, Native American genealogy and the expansive history of the African in the Diaspora.

. Presenters are encouraged to incorporate the conference theme “Ties That Bind, Honoring our Ancestors” into their presentations. Proposal Format:
i. Session title
ii. Name(s) of session presenters – indicate lead
iii. Research skill level of audience
iv. Purpose/learning objective
v. Session description – Provide narrative of information to be covered in the presentation (This information will be included in the Conference Syllabus)
vi. Include presenter(s) biographical information
vii. Include list of resources and/or bibliography
viii. A/V Requirements (this must be included in your initial proposal):
DEADLINE: May 1st. Speakers will be notified by May 15th.

Ohio Genealogical Society is accepting proposals for their 2012 Annual Conference at the
Intercontinental Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio, 12-14 April, 2012. Deadline for submissions is 30 June 2011. Lectures will be one hour long, including a ten minute question and answer period. Submissions for workshops, especially for Thursday, will be considered. A major new factor in 2012 is the Conference will be expanding to 3 full days instead of our usual 2 ½ days. Proposals should include the following information:
• Lecture title and concise outline of content
• Short summary (50 words or less) for the program brochure
• Audience level (beginning, intermediate, advanced, all)
• Audio-visual requirements
• Speaker’s full name and contact information, including postal address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers
• Speaker’s brief biographical data
• Speaker’s resume of recent lecture experience
Speakers who have not lectured at a state, regional, or national conference are encouraged to submit an audio or video tape of a recent lecture.

Have you noticed? Webinars are breaking out all over!! Yes, online genealogy seminars are everywhere. There are quite a few taking place and a good place to go to find out more is the site hosted by Legacy.

Well thanks for listening, and keep doing what you do. Keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

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