This Week's Pod Cast



Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at African Roots Podcast.

Well fall is here and we are all getting ready for fall conferences, cooler weather and beautiful autumn colors. But fall also brings a new season of genealogy conferences and events.


But first, a last minute invitation to a webinar this afternoon. I will be giving a webinar on Family Tree Webinars and the topic is Maps Tell Some of the African American Story. Please join us at 2pm EST.



The International Black Genealogy Summit has been announced for 2016, so mark your calendars! And next year’s event will be in the greater Washington DC area! The conference site is the Crystal Gateway Marriott, and the dates will be September 1-3, 2016. This is a great site as it is close to Washington, and right on the metro line so that early arriving participants will be able to get to the National Archives and other facilities for research a day or so earlier. For more information refer to the website at


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Last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s show featured James W. Petty who spoke about researching the record from slaves held in northern states. Bernice and her guest held an interesting discussion about slavery in the northern states, and he spoke in detail about some of the more interesting records that he has found. Among them are seldom mentioned birth records of babies born to enslaved mothers. He is at this time writing a book about these records of slave births. If you missed the episode you can tune in and download it as a podcast from ITunes. Her show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm eastern time, on Blog Talk Radio.


Robin Foster Book

Congratulations to Robin Foster for the publication of her new book Historic Fairview. Many of us know that among the many things that she does as a writer, blogger and social media leader, she is also quite involved in cemetery preservation. Well she has published a book that covers her journey and her work with this old African American burial ground. Special congratulations for her wonderful accomplishment!


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It was recently announce that the University of West Alabama’s Black Belt Archives and the Marengo County Hisotry and Archives Museum in Demopolis will present their second conference next weekend October 1-3. The theme is Genealogy Through the Ages. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Donna Cox Baker, who is co-chair for the Statewode Initiatives Committee of the Alabama Bicentennial Commissions. REgistration is $50 and you can register online HERE.



Well Richmond Virginia is the place to be in about two weeks! on Wednesday October 14, a special African American Genealogy Workshop will be led by Cara Griggs, who works as a reference archivist at the Library of Virginia. This will be for beginners as well as intermediate researchers. The following day things will begin to unfold for the 36th Annual Genealogy Conference of the African American Genealogical & Historical Society. Registration is high, and rooms are fully booked, so things look quite exciting for this year’s event!


Well, the month is rolling by quickly as we move into fall. Thank you all for tuning in and know that am truly grateful fo your time, and your sharing events and publications. Also remember if time permits, to join me in today’s webinar at 2pm edt.

In the meantime, please remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keeps sharing what you find.

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