This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
Today is Friday July 24, 2009
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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 Wilmington Delaware Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pleased to present “A Family History Event” on Saturday, August 1, 2009, from 9 am to 4 pm, at their meetinghouse in Newark, Delaware (500 W. Chestnut Hill Road), with the theme: “Around the World in a Day: Let Your Fingers Do the Searching.” Free.

Keynote speakers include Paul F. Smart and Paul G. Nauta from, and the author of “Google Your Family Tree,” Daniel Lynch. Classroom sessions, interactive exhibits and cultural rooms will focus on various online research sources and geographic regions of the world.

Come for an hour or stay for the day! For the beginning genealogist to the professional. For additional information and to register, please visit this site.

The Kentucky Oral History Commission, administered by the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS), recently awarded grants for the second half of the 2009 fiscal year, impacting communities across the Commonwealth. The recipients are listed on their site. This is a great place to get some ideas on the kinds of projects that can be funded, and researchers may want to considering looking at these projects for their own genealogical undertakings.

The list of speakers for the International Black Genealogy Summit is now online. The list of speakers and workshops is varied, and you may want to consider attending now that the event is online.

The Digital Library of Georgia has a wide number of records and images to look at. Among them you will find:
African American Funeral Program and Obituary Collection.

Blue Black Vaudeville and the Silver Screen
There are many other wonderful collections on this site and I encourage you to visit it, soon, and often.

You have heard me speak about the holdings of and I urge you to consider looking at a little known black record set documenting hundreds of black families. I am referring tothe Freedmen records of the Dawes Collection. There more than 8000 black families documented on more the cards, and interview packets accompany the Enrollment Cards. For more information go to

Well thanks for listening to this week’s episode. Remember always to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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