This Week's Pod Cast


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Upcoming Events

Central Maryland AAHGS May meeting: A Census Double Hitter! Two presentations will take place at the Owen Brown Community Center tomorrow May 28, at 1:00 PM. Natonne Kemp is so knowledgeable about census records. This is a great opportunity to learn ways to bridge that 20 year gapping hole (1880-1900) when census records are unavailable and also see a demonstration of simple techniques for finding elusive ancestors in census records, by Alice Harris.

If you have a chance, also consider visiting the African American Civil War Museum. Their grand opening is in July, but on the weekends there are also tours of the facility now located in the historic Grimke School.

For South Carolina researchers there is an interesting website brought to my attention called Gullah Roots. This is a project spearheaded by Wevonneda Minis to assist people with South Carolina African American research. The email is You can contact them to ask questions that can help you find your family.

PROFILES IN Arkansas Black History, Saturday, June 11, 2011, Arkansas State Capitol, Room 171, Little Rock, Arkansas A seminar sponsored by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission. One workshop of interest is Why African Americans Commemorate the Civil War. Among the presenters are: Kimble Rawls Talley, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Carla Hines Coleman, Chairperson, Little Rock, Black History Commission of Arkansas, H. L. McGill, Little Rock
Mary Swift, of Little Rock. The seminar is free, but registration is required. To register, email Jane Wilkerson, Arkansas History Commission,, or call 501.682.6900. Registration deadline is June 8, 2011.

Some shout outs to some folks who are becoming excellent teachers: Professor Drusilla Pair is treading new ground in teaching genealogy and the concept of history to young people, through church history. And genealogist Melvin Collier had a most successful experience in introducing genealogy to colleagues, who had an emotional moment when discovering family elders in the census. Both populations have gained so much from these teachers, which should inspire more of us to share and teach to others, as well.

This weekend, I hope that you will continue the tradition of Decoration Day. Visit a cemetery, and can honor a veteran and if you can honor the ancestors as well. It is because of them that we are here.

Have a great Memorial Day holiday, a great week and keep doing what you do—keep researching, keep documenting, and please, keep sharing what you find.

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