This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at

Today we have special guest but before we listen to him, a few announcements:

Virginia Forum Conference March 2012 Call for Papers: Proposals are being accepted from fields for the Virignia Forum 2012 Conference to take place in March 2012. It will be held at James Madison University in Harrisburg, VA. The theme is “Greater Virginias,” which emphasizes Virginia’s relationship across political and geographical boundaries to broader ideas, patterns, and adjoining regions. All subject areas are welcome including arts and sciences: economics, politics, geography, law, literature, history, politics, archaeology and anthropology, environmental studies, museum and library studies, preservation, and others. Please submit a one-page paper proposal and a one-page curriculum vitae in a single email message to by 30 September 2011. Please be sure to include your email address and other contact information.

Advanced African American Genealogy Class This class is geared especiallyfor the intermediate or advanced African American genealogist. It will take place at Howard Community College in Columbia Maryland in September 2012. It is designed for those who have been working on their family history for awhile and who are interested in learning more advanced techniques of analysis and methodology will find this course ideal. Robyn Smith, the instructor is a professional genealogist and has been researching her family and others for fourteen years. Case studies will be utilized with in-class interaction.The topics covered will include brick wall strategies, slave research, source citations, analyzing evidence, cluster research, writing up your history and advanced record types. This will be a fun class but lots of work, so come prepared to dig! $79** Howard County Community College

Webinar for the Best Online Genealogy Resources for African American Genealogy Legacy Family Tree offers this free webinar for genealogists seeking information on researching African American Genealogy. This webinar examines resources that provide guidance for the unique problems facing descendants of slaves. The webinar begins with a full introduction to Afrigeneas, the oldest continually operating African American genealogy website. From daily online chats and over 20 message boards, the visitor to this site finds a community of volunteers to provide assistance with their beginning research problems. Afrigeneas provides unique resources such as the slave database and a searchable archived message database that retrieves African American genealogical queries back to 1997. Popular subscription sites like Ancestry and Footnote are among useful sources for primary source documents such as emancipation records, service records of US Colored Troops and more.

The African American Heritage Festival of Columbia South Carolina will take place on August 27th. This event will be celebrating the rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of one African-American family – who lived and worked on the same property for more than 140 years – the Historic Columbia Foundation presents the 33rd annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage. This free, family-friendly event will be held on the grounds of the historic Mann-Simons site. A detailed article appears on Robin Foster’s Examiner column.

Upcoming Conferences:
FGS Conference in Springfield Illinois
AAHGS National Conference in Little Rock Arkansas
National Black Genealogy Summit, Ft. Wayne, Indiana

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will feature Lunch N’ Learn with Melvin Colier. Melvin will share his research methodology which resulted in the reuniting of the ancestors of enslaved siblings, who were separated (sold) over 150 years ago. His newly published book is 150 Years Later: Broken Ties Mended . Melvin’s relentless journey of unearthing his great-grandfather Bill’s mysterious history, finding his family’s whereabouts and their living descendants, and breaking down barriers to mend the broken ties led to an emotional reunion in 2009 – 150 years later. Books will be available for purchase. Bring a friend and bring your lunch. Where: National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia When: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

AND I spoke with Melvin this week about his work—listen to the interview now!!!

Thanks for turning in again, and in the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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