African Roots Podcast #148 February 3, 2012

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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Well I do hope that you are all watching the wonderful live video broadcasts coming out of the RootsTech conference now underway at Salt Lake City! Lots of great information for the latest in genealogical technology now underway. And if you don’t catch them live, they are being archived on the Roots Tech website.

For Black History Month, Free access to Fold3 (formerly is given, to their Black History Collection.

Tuesday, February 7, at 11 a.m. Room G-24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance) Black Patriots & Loyalists: Finding African-American Ancestors in Revolutionary War Records Damani Davis, archivist, discusses the rejection and appeals in a pension file and illuminates African American participation in the Revolutionary War. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Wednesday, February 8, at 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, February 14, at 10:45 a.m. Lecture Room B, National Archives, at College Park, MD
Fighting a “White Man’s War”: African Americans and the Civil War Lopez Matthew, archives technician, discusses post–Civil War life for African American soldiers from Maryland. Presented in partnership with the Afro-American History Society. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives Building in Room G-24, Thursday, February 16, at 10:45 a.m.)

February 18th 2012
Melvin Collier Tells His Research Story! Melvin J. Collier, author of 150 Years Later will be giving a presentation, as part of “Roswell Roots: A Festival of Black History and Culture,” Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Road, Roswell, GA, Saturday, February 18, 2012, 1:00 PM.

Newport News, Virignia: A Church Hats Program Professor Drusilla Pair will be holding her hat history program at the James Newsome House in Newport News VA. The event is free, and donations are accepted. It goes from 1-3pm.

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February 18th
Washington DC Family History Center & Washington Temple Visitor’s Center A Full day of African American Genealogy will take place at the Kensington MD LDS Center. They are having over 11 different presentations between 10:00 – 12:30 and will end with a keynote address by Margo Williams speaking about her ancestors Miles Lassiter, a Black Quaker.
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February 18th
St. Louis Afr. American Genealogy Society is holding the third annual conference at Harris Stowe University in St. Louis. Informaion can be found on the links provided.

Tuesday, February 21, at 10:45 a.m.
Lecture Room B, National Archives, at College Park, MD, African Americans Dedicated to Gettysburg
Yolanda Bean, procurement technician, will address how black Americans participated in the Gettysburg campaign. Presented in partnership with the Afro-American History Society. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives Building in Room G-24, Thursday, February 23, at 10:45 a.m.)

Wednesday, February 22, at noon Jefferson Room
A special presentation on the first black naval officers will be presented. The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers In January 1944, a group of enlisted black men gathered at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois to train as the Navy’s first African American officers on active duty. On receiving their commission, these pioneers came to be known as the Golden Thirteen. Paul Stillwell, former director of the Naval Institute’s History division, will discuss the experiences of these officers as well as the life the U.S. Navy’s first black admiral, Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. A book signing will follow the program.

This is the time to consider thinking about what kind of data that you will leave your descendants. If you wish your ancestors had left diaries, journals and letters, perhaps this is the time to start to create your own diaries and journals. The future generations will appreciate the effort you put into the documentation of your life. There are many options from scrapbooks, and simple blank books—the journals that one can pick up almost anyplace. This is the time to think about becoming a “better ancestor”. Document your own life and pay information ahead for the future generations to follow.

Have a great week everyone, and keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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