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From New Orleans: It was recently announced that the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Tuesday (Feb. 1) unveiled a new online database containing records of baptisms, marriages and deaths in colonial New Orleans, including those of African slaves. It should also be noted that this came in conjunction with an apology for slavery release by the Archbishop of New Orleans. Archbishop Gregory Aymond acknowledged the records will also draw renewed attention to the uncomfortable fact that in colonial New Orleans the church and its religious orders were often slave-holders.

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February 12: Join the Toni Carrier, from Lowcountry Africana, at 12:00 tomorrow Feb 12 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, for “Lowcountry Africana: Free Resources for African American Genealogy Research.” The event is sponsored by Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, is a free website dedicated to African American genealogy in SC, GA and FL. Come out to Magnolia next Sat. to say “Hi” and learn what’s new at Lowcountry Africana! The focus of the program is to raise awareness of the free resources at Lowcountry Africana, and raise awareness that Magnolia Plantation and Gardens sponsored the development of the Lowcountry Africana website. They will go over resources then go up the road to Wevonneda’s genealogy mini-camp at St. Andrews Library.

2 – 5 PM African American Genealogy Workshop A two-part lecture by will be given by Wevonedda Minis, Lowcountry expert in African American genealogical research and editor of the Charleston Post and Courier Kinship feature. Each session will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer period. Part 1, called Digging Your Roots, will cover basic and intermediate genealogical skills. Part 2, called Researching African Americans in the Wake of the Civil War, is an intermediate genealogy lecture on how to trace African Americans as they shed slave identities and assumed free identities.

February 12:
Ft. Gibson Oklahoma -Oklahoma Historical Society Presents at Ft. Gibson: Before the Buffalo Soldiers—Afr. American in Civil War in Indian Territory. There will be a special exhibit, living history presentation, and video. Please call (918)478-4088 with questions. Refreshments afterwards. Site admission free during hours of event

February 12 – Central Maryland Chapter of the African American Historical & Genealogical Society presents African Libation Ceremony. 11-1 PM
St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Dr., Columbia MD Co-sponsored by the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Central Maryland Chapte & St. John Baptist Church Heritage

February 12 Moss Point, MS: Genealogy Presentation, Researching Your Roots As part of Black History Month, a free African-American genealogy workshop, “Researching Your Roots,” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Moss Point Riverfront Center on Main Street in Moss Point. Genealogists Ruth Spillers of Moss Point and Gale Turner-Brown of Baton Rouge, La., will conduct the workshop.

FEB 18-19
(BBAAGHS), Feb. 18-19 in Selma, AL A reception and the showing of the documentary, “The Language You Cry In,” will open the conference on Friday. The conference is open to anyone and should be of particular interest to those living in or with ancestry in the 12 counties of Alabama’s Black Belt region. For information or to register, visit the website, or send an email to

February 20th
CRS Celebrates African American History Month
In recognition of African American History Month, the Cleveland Restoration Society is presenting the program “Sleeping in Slave Cabins: A Personal Journey in Discovering History” by Joseph McGill. Mr. McGill, pictured left in the center kneeling, is a program officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’ s Southern Office in Charleston, S.C. He spent overnights in slave dwellings in South Carolina as part of what he calls the “Slave Cabin Project.” He got the idea for the project after he took part in the documentary Unfinished Civil War. He wanted to bring attention to the dwellings and honor the memories of the people who lived in them. The program will take place on Sunday, February 20 at Karamu House, 2355 E. 89th Street, Cleveland, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

February 12th
As part of Black History Month, a free African-American genealogy workshop, “Researching Your Roots,” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Moss Point Riverfront Center on Main Street in Moss Point in Moss Point, MS. Jackson County Alumni chapter of Jackson State University is hosting the workshop that is designed to help people discover their heritage, said alumni president Karen Howard. Topics to be covered will include how to get started and be organized, using the federal census, research at county courthouses and how to access information from the Internet, military records, libraries, cemeteries and vital records.

Feb. 26 – Atlanta
National Archives Atlanta Georgia and Church of Latter Day Saint present: Black Family History Day Program On Feb. 26, the National Archives at Atlanta in conjunction with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsor “Continuing the Journey of Generations,” a black family history symposium and luncheon. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the National Archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA.

The metro Atlanta chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will hold its next meeting at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave, Atlanta. The guest speaker will be Morehouse College professor Larry H. Spruill, and his presentation topic will be “Ancestral Beginnings, Diasporas, and Genealogy.”

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A Note for March:
SPRING 2011 Symposium on The United States Colored Troops, MARCH 11-13, 2011Black Heritage Society of Kinston,Lenoir County and eastern NO. Carolina. “Civil War To Civil Rights,” a regional symposium about the role of the US Colored Troops in the Civil War will be held March 11 -13 at the Hampton Inn in Kinston, NC. in conjunction with the Kinston’s Blue-Gray Civil War Living History Weekend. The weekend will feature presentations and exhibits from national and regional historians, storytellers, civil war scholars, the CSS Neuse Re-enactment, troop demonstrations, and living history cultural interpreters revolving around the participatory role of African Americans in the Civil War.

The conference begins on Friday with Civil War Living History demonstrations held for area schools in the morning, then from 12 noon to 5:00 pm, workshops on inclusion of USCT in the Civil War battles will be held at the Blue-Gray Visitor Information Center on Hwy –70 Bypass. Beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday at the Hampton Inn , the conference will feature seminar tracks focusing on NC history. USCT Symposium, and re-enactments are free. Award Banquet ticket fees are $25 in advance, $35 at door. Those interested in attending may register for the symposium by calling 252-523-1239 or go to the site to download the registration forms and seminar schedule. Exhibitors and sutlers may also call 252-523-1239 or send an email

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Some very good tips on getting started can be found on this site.

Created by Leonard Smith a retired engineer turned family historian. I like this site because it has some unique features:

Family Tree Diagram
Family Historian
Genealogy Groups
Family History Center
Family History Blogs
And so much more……….Take a look at the site, it is well done.

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A PERSON TO KNOW: Antoinette Harrell
For this first profile I want to mention the name of Antoinette Harrell. She is a busy woman—she has documented her own family history for more than 15 years, and has made videos on her family history journey, has documented her findings in a number of ways. She had a local television program in Louisiana where she lives and she is the host of the Nurturing Your Roots radio program. It is now twice a week!!! She is a person who is treading new ground and if you are not aware of what she has done, you should be. Watch her videos and follow her radio program. If you catch it live you can call in and be a participant as well!! She is one to know!! Antoinette Harrell is her name, and keep your eyes in this case your ears tuned to what she is bringing forth. She is a person to know!

Well folks, thanks for listening. I appreciate you being there, and do let me hear from you! Until next time, please keep researching, keep documenting and please keep sharing what you find!

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