This Week's Pod Cast
Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast. You can always reach me at AfricanRootsPodcast@gmail.com.
Most major events have ended for the year, although there is an interesting event in Atlanta this weekend. The Georgia Genealogical Society presents Big Things Come in Small Packages… an all day genealogy event at the National Archives branch in Morrow, Georgia. This workshop will cover the Digital Library of Georgia, Sanborn Insurance Maps, Gordon County obituaries, African American funeral programs, and much more. The cost is $30 for Georgia Genealogical Society members and $40 for non-members. Lunch will be provided. When: Registration, 9:30 a.m.- 10 a.m.; Program, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Contact: To register visit the GGS’s webpage. For more information call Ronda Sanders at 770-531-9277 (evenings).
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Thinking about 2011? Here are some of the events to look forward to:
January 14-14 Salt Lake Genealogy Institute
Held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake this promises to be an event for genealogists with technological interests.
March 31 – April 2, Ohio Genealogical Society, Annual Conference 3 excellent speakers: Tim Pinnick, Shamele Jordan, Dr. Deborah Abbot
April 6-10 New England Regional Conference, Springfield Massachusetts
Not as diverse a roster of speakers, but excellent topics
May 11-14 NGS Conference, Charleston SC
September 7-10 FGS Conference, Springfield ILL
Jun 10-12, California Genealogical Jamboree, Burbank Calif.
June 12-17 Samford Genealogy Institute
Projects for next year.
This is also time to think about upcoming projects that you are working on , and what kind of contributions that you can make to the genealogy community. If you are already teaching genealogy classes, or mentoring beginners, or writing a genealogy column, newsletter, journal, you are giving something to the community. Are you a blogger—you are giving something to the community. Have you considered participating in an indexing project?
There are opportunities to do so from various genealogical societies, but I want to take a second to talk about one highlighting communities from South Carolina. This is the project known as Restore the Ancestors.
Under the direction of Toni Carrier, of LowCountry Africana, volunteers have signed up to index a minimum of 10 pages that are resting on Footnote. The records are estate records from South Carolina and they cover several decades from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s. These are records about persons enslaved and recently even a discovery of free persons of color. The records need to be indexed and volunteers from the genealogical community have responded to the request to assist with this much needed project. Well, I recently learned about several ladies who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. The request to the public has been made by director Toni Carrier, to index 10 pages, and to get as many volunteers to assist with this effort. Several have done more than their 10 pages and some have managed to index more than 100 pages, 500 pages and beyond! It has come to my attention that several ladies have stepped up to the plate.
One of my AfriGeneas buddies Vicki Daviss Mitchell has done over 100 pages and is still going. Felicia Mathis who has the blog Echoes of my Nola Past saw a need, jumped in here and taken on a leadership role she has indexed more than 100 pages and she makes it a point to personally thank every volunteer who earns their Ancestors badge. Thank you Felicia!
Khalisa Jacobs volunteered the day the announcement was made and she has stayed ever since. She has indexed more than 600 pages. Penny Worley volunteered on day 1 as well, she has indexed more than 500 pages herself. Both deserve to take a bow. Sheri Fenley deserves to also take a bow. She owns the blog, The Educated Genealogist and has also crossed the 500 page mark. She wrote a beautiful post about the Restore the Ancestors project.
All of this work has been done by you, listerners who have become volunteers, in this massive project! Under Toni Carrier’s direction, the effort continues. Also note—she has a co-director who has broken the glass ceiling and who has indexed over 2000 pages!! That’s TWO THOUSAND PAGES!!! Alana Thevenet, is her name, and she has taken the project into the stratosphere with her work!!!
The project continues, and you the volunteers are making it happen! Thank you for your dedication, your time, and your loving spirit. You inspire us and you have paid it forward!
Well,thanks for listening. Please continue the work that you do. Keep researching, keep sharing, and like those indexing volunteers, please keep sharing what you find!