This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can always reach me at

DON’T forget to listen to Bernice Bennett’s program on Thursday evening at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio. Last week’s episode on Slavery Era research was well received in the genealogy community and as time ran out there will be a Part 2 of the session. The second part will air on December 29, at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio. Tune in to National Archives and Beyond every Thursday evening at 9pm.

Good news for Arkansas, researchers from Little Rock. Fraternal Cemetery name has been preserved, but the next challenge is to put the Fraternal Cemetery burials online at Find A Grave so that they can be browsed, as a separate burial site, and one won’t have to go through 7000+ grave sites at Oakland.

Genealogy News:
On Ancestry, the WWII draft cards from No. Carolina have been put online, so take a look at that information and see what you can find.

Also note that there have been some changes to the Social Security Death Index. Rootsweb SSDI has been removed, and some data has been removed from deaths of the past ten years.

The Library of Virginia has added to their Co-habitation digitization project. This is wonderful news, and their goal is to eventually put online ALL of the co-habitation records from each county.

New Book
For those with an interest in Virginia, there is a new book out by Marion Woodfork Simmons, called Memories of Union High An Oasis in Caroline County, Virginia 1903-1969. This school has origins from 1895, when members of the Caroline County Sunday School Union implemented a plan to build and operate a secondary school for Negro children. The school, was originally named Bowling Green Industrial Academy, later then Caroline County Training School and finally Union High School, and it was the only secondary school for Negro children in the county from 1903 to 1969.

Here is an additional African American resource covering North Central Florida area rather well. It is the Records of the Cunningham Funeral Home. They have been digitized and the digital collection resides at their digital site. You can also contact Traveler Wendell at 352-273-2909, which is the University of Florida Digital Library Center.

Thanks for listening this week. I look forward to chatting with you next week. Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

One Response to “African Roots Podcast #141 December 16, 2011”

  1. Angela,
    Thanks for mentioning Memories of Union High. The book can be purchased by visiting my website ( You can read more about the Union High History Project by visiting my website clicking on the Union High History Project link.

    Portions of the book are viewable on


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