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Hello and Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!

Tomorrow September 26th the first of a series of lectures at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian will take place from 1:00 – 2:30. The topic will be Blended families: African & Native American Genealogy
These workshops will take place in Washington DC and New York. Visit the Museum site for more information

October 14th
The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana will meet on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 pm in Meeting Room A of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. Roberta F. Ridley will give a program about how to do African-American research. Members and visitors alike are welcome.

October 21
21 October – African-American Resources. This session will explore the resources held by NARA’s Mid Atlantic Region relating to African-Americans. The primary focus of the class will look at using census records for African-American genealogical research. There will be an additional section on African-American military records during the Civil War, records of the Freedmen’s Bureau and records concerning slavery and freedom from our court holdings.

Please contact the NARA Mid Atlantic office to register:
Phone (215) 606-0112
Mail: 900 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Meeting Room A at the Main Library, Peggy Seigel will present “Sources for Researching Abolitionists and the Underground Railroad in Northeast Indiana.” This lecture will examine the research used for several published papers, focusing on the amazing resources in the ACPL for researching abolitionists and the underground railroad in Fort Wayne, religious and political leaders and others who worked quietly behind the scenes.

Hard to believe that the SUMMIT is only a month away—that’s right—the International Black Genealogy Summit, will take place October 30-31. An extra day of workshops has been added, so there is a “free” day on Thursday before the conference officially beings the following day.

New Haven resident William H. Townsend made pen-and-ink sketches of the Amistad captives while they were awaiting trial. Twenty-two of these drawings were given to Yale in 1934 by Asa G. Dickerman, whose grandmother was the artist’s cousin. Townsend, who was about 18 years old when he made the drawings, is buried in the Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut, beside the Yale University campus.

The images are amazing in themselves and very life-like. What surprised me most was that several of the prisoners were mere boys, youngsters who deserved to have had a childhood, and they had only months before been enjoying their boyhood in Africa before being seized. The images are part of the Beinecke collection at Yale University

It is wise to consider using college and university special collections because of their holdings, that sometimes provide new avenues for African American genealogists. These records often unlock the doors of the brick wall of 1870. Some good libraries to use are University of Virginia, University of No. Carolina, Chapel Hill, University of Texas, Austin. When you reach the Wall of 1870, consider expanding your research.

Thanks for listening again this week.
Keep Researching, Keep Documenting and Keep Sharing What you Find.

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2 Responses to “African Roots Podcast #26, September 25, 2009”

  1. Fahamisha says:

    I mentioned your name to someone and here you ‘pop up!’ You share so much on this blog. I had to go to the beginning!

    Thank you so much!

  2. Hello there, Fahamisha!!! Hope you are doing well. I think I was able to help your friend out a little bit.

    Hope all is well with you.


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