This Week's Pod Cast


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Genealogy Authors Speak at CBC Event in Washington!

Congratulations to the writers from Edgefield SC—the Memory Makers! These are the 5 authors who wrote about their ancestral research from Edgefield South Carolina. Well, yesterday they gave a wonderful presentation about their research and their book Our Ancestors, Our Stories, in Washington DC at the Congressional Black Caucus event at the Convention Center in Washington DC! They were among hundreds of authors present—but they were on a special panel discussing their work and their research. Their work should be encouragement for others to share and to collaborate. Community efforts such as this take our work to another level. And don’t forget to tell the story as they did about the research journey. You don’t have to tell always the story of your family—share your research journey with your readers! So congratulations to the authors of Our Ancestors, Our Stories!


Genea-Friends Gather as “Finding  Your Roots Airs”

This has been a busy week—-and I know that many of you were watching Finding Your Roots on PBS this week. Hopefully you got some interesting insights on how things can been learned about the family. But it should be pointed out—that it is not all an easy task and does not always come in a quick fix—the research is a process that has to be undertaken step by step.

I watched the program with genealogy friends in the AfriGeneas chat center and about 16 others watched and shared thoughts and reactions as the show unfolded. You can join us next week, in fact and watch the next episode. We meet online in the AfriGeneas chat center, and you are most welcome to join us there. Nothing like watching a program with genea-friends. To join the fun, simply go to:, type your name or initials, then join the fun! What did you think about the program?


Link to this Episode

Are you researching the south, for enslaved ancestors and in need of more primary resources? Well if you missed it, tune in to hear the rebroadcast of Bernice Bennett’s show. The episode focused on finding antebellum slave records.  The featured guest was Jean L. Cooper who spoke about amazing slave records. You know—there are literally millions of pages that contain data from plantations from multiple states and many of these incredible records have been microfilmed and there are some good index guides that have been created to access these records. Not every state is full—but places like the Carolinas, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi—there are amazing records that await you!

If you are that stage in your research and ready to go looking for additional records—you need to explore this. And by the way—-Texas researchers—there are records from various plantations for you as well. We don’t often hear about Texas resources—so this is good news for Texas Ancestored people as well.

October Events

Lots of genealogy events emerging, AAHGS, ChicagoAAGHSC, and other groups are holding their fall events. Well, I know many of you are involved also in Cemetery preservation. Robyn Smith in South Carolina is working on a local cemetery, friends in Arkansas work hard with PAAC, Etta Daniels works to save Greenwood Cemetery in St. Louis, and preservation friend Jack Robinson is working alone on African American cemeteries in Onslow County North Carolina. Well here is an interesting event for cemetery preservationists. There will be an event sponsored by Find A Grave.

The event is described as a Global Meet Up Day where the goal is to get people worldwide to be aware of the need for cemetery preservation and documentation. I am putting some information up for you to participate.

(Click photo for Link to Event)


African Heritage Celebrated in South America

I want to send a special hello and saludos to friends in South America—some of our Latino brothers and sisters are busy celebrating their African heritage and culture as well. We have cousins all over the world from Africa to other parts of the Americas.

Well, I belong to a group on Facebook called GenesPeruano—so a special “Hola Mis Amigos” to all of them! Apparently this weekend in Miraflores there is a special celebration of the history and heritage of Afroperuvian people.  A special dance ensemble there is holding a special event where as they say “Dos Culturas y Un mensaje.” Two cultures and one message. Their goal is confirm Peruvian identity  – peruanidad and to strengthening their African identity as well!  Buena suerte con todo—best wishes for a successful event to our amigos from Peru!


 Ancestry Day Planned in Oklahoma—An Opportunity Remains

Ancestry Day in Oklahoma

From Oklahoma—I hope listeners in the Oklahoma City area will contact the historical society about Ancestry Day being held in early November. The schedule is online, and looks interesting, however, for some reason there is no African American history/heritage being included.

Perhaps the organizers simply did not know what to include, but the African American history of the two territories is a rich one—so please Oklahomans—so I hope that Oklahoma friends will reach out to OHS and discuss the events and work with them to diversify the program just a wee bit more.

African Americans were on the pioneer landscape of both territories and also arrived in the west on the same Trail of Tears.  Many were enslaved, and some were free. African ancestored people worked on the lands as cowboys and settlers and of course there are the Black towns.  So it’s time to step up and step out and discuss our history!! Oklahoma–we were also there!


Southern California Genealogy Jamboree Extends Deadline for Presenters

The deadline to speak at the Southern California has been extended to October 10th, so if you are considering presenting this might be the venue for you!


Thank you all for tuning in this week and know that I appreciate your time and also I love hearing from you all. In the meantime, remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

One Response to “African Roots Podcast #286 September 26, 2014”

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