This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at

Well hello on a snowy day on the eastern seabord!

January 28 Genealogy Meet up with Lisa Lee in Oakland California. Several are scheduled and for more information contact (510) 333-6933.

February 5, 2011 I will be giving a presentation at Rockland County Comm College as part of their symposium celebrating the IndiVISIBLE exhibition. A full day of activities are planned and the genealogy presentation will be begin at 4 pm.

February 11, 2011
I will be presenting at the Philadelphia African American Genealogy Group meeting at 7 pm. Topic: Blended families—Afr. Native American family history.

February 12, 2011 From Cincinnati Ohio: at 3:00 p.m
Camp Nelson: Black Soldiers and Refugee Slaves in the Civil War. Author and genealogist Larry Hamilton explores the famous Camp Nelson.

February 19, 2011 in St. Louis Missouri, the 2nd Annual conference sponsored by the St. Louis African American genealogy society will take place, at Harris Stowe, State University in St. Louis Missouri.

February 24 For African American History Month, The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is sponsoring an online webinar on February 24, 8-9 pm. The topic is Finding the Slave Owner.

The speakers will be Dr. Deborah Abbot, Floyd Riley and Michael Hait. The webinar will be moderated by Shamele Jordon. The cost for this event is $15 and it will take place from 7:00-8:30 online. Participants will receive a link and a phone number to call in and a site to watch the power points.

Ok in case you have noticed—there is lots of chatter about conferences Here is the latest:
AAHGS National Conference: September 22-25 (Nothing posted online as yet) Little Rock Arkansas, Doubletree Hotel

Then the following month:
National Black Genealogy Summit, Ft. Wayne, Indiana October 20-22, 2011, Allen County Library

International Black Genealogy Summit: October 18-20, 2012 Salt Lake City Utah.
So two are this year and one is next year, so mark your calendars.

This year, ASALH has determined that the theme for this year’s Black History Month is, African Americans in the Civil War.

It is time that we, in the genealogy community also commemorate the participation of our ancestors in the Civil War, as well. Do you have ancestors who served in the Union Army or Navy?Do you have a regiment of soldiers who were organized near your ancestral home?Is there a national cemetery where you live or near your home and are there Civil War soldiers there? If you answer yes to any of them—-well perhaps it is time to honor them in some way!! Take the time to document them or promote them on a blog, or decorate their graves.

I want to point out that there are already some blogs that have been created and I hope that we will see more of them!

About Our Freedom was created by Robin Foster

Last Road to Freedom was created by Dr. Alisea McLeod

Let Freedom Ring was created by Drusilla Pair

The USCT Chronicle was created by Angela Walton-Raji

In case you have noticed that so far these blogs were created by women—I hope that men will also join us in honoring our Civil War ancestors. I KNOW there are some brothers out there diligently researching their ancestors who served in the Union Army. Let’s join the theme of what is taking place nationally, and let us not ignore this critical part of our history.

Well thanks for listening, drop me a line and keep doing what you do—-keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

One Response to “African Roots Podcast #95 January 28, 2011”

  1. Hello,

    Well, I am a guy. Plans are in work in southeastern North Carolina to honor some African American Vetern of the War Between the States. Our local main library will hold various events during February. Highlighted will be a presentation to direct descendents of some of these military Veterans.

    I am playing a very modest part in the recognition event by confirming the soldiers & Sailors who will be honored.

    I will also will be announcing the sequel to “Simbar: Freed Slave & Witness to WWII.” The story line is based on a possible scenario of these local African American Veterans’ journey from Slavery to Soldier.

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