This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back
Today is Friday July 10, 2009, and this is the African Roots Podcast.
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Some announcements for you this week:

Virginia Freedman’s Bureau Records are now online. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has announced that Virginia Freedman’s Bureau records can be found on their massive website. Information can be found here

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is announcing that they are hosting an African American Genealogy Workshop on Saturday July 25, 2009 in Nashville Tennessee. The event is free to the public. The Archives is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, in downtown Nashville. The featured speaker will be author John L. Baker, author of the Washingtons of Wessyngton.

The Indiana African American Genealogy Group is hosting their 6th annual African American genealogy workshop at the beautiful Eiteljorg Museum in downtown Indianapolis Indiana. The event is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. The theme of the conference is “Starting, Restarting or Continuing your Genealogical Research.“ Featured speakers are Cassandra Brown, and John L. Baker.

Planning to attend the IBG Summit in Ft. Wayne Indiana in October? There is still time to reserve your seat on the bus from Baltimore. Join a group of other genealogists for the road trip to Ft. Wayne. It is a great way to fellowship with other researchers on the way to and from this historic conference. Info available from Agnes K. Callum at or 410-323-3883

Speaking of the International Black Genealogy Summit—you wish to receive full conference materials, you are urged to register by August 31st. There is more information on the conference website.

How many times do you take a fresh look at an old thing? With genealogy it is a good idea to take another look at familiar census records, old documents, and when driving through the country, be observant of the historic houses and old estates (Plantations) are in abundance on the countryside. Are they well maintained? Did slaves live there? Are t he slave burials preserved? Is the family that resided there buried on the same site as well? ) For some good ideas and genealogical tips you will find that many genealogy blogs are opening up genealogy avenues more than ever. Here are two blogs that I visit often— Druscilla Pair’s blog Find Your Folks has been fun to visit, as she documents her history in Skippers Virginia. Robyn Smith on her blog Reclaiming Kin, takes readers on a wonderful genealogical journey as she uploads images and shares details about her trips with readers.

Thanks for listening and please remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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