This Week's Pod Cast


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

Hello to friends enjoying conferences in Richmond Virginia at the ASALH Annual Conference and friends in Chicago who are enjoying the annual conference of the Afr. American Genealogical & Historical Society of Chicago.

From a friend in Arkansas I have learned that Governor Mike Beebe has proclaimed October 23-29, 2011, as Arkansas Archives Week. This annual observance celebrates the value of Arkansas’s historical records, illuminates the ways historical records enrich our lives, and recognizes those who maintain the state’s historical records. At the end of the month there will be a presentation by Leita Spears on Arkansas Freedman’s Bureau records.

Note that has a free sign on process that will allow non-subscribers to sign on and look at their databases. This will close next week.

The University of Kansas has some wonderful illustrations of African Americans on their Luna Image Collection site. Many of the images are people who are identified, so if you have ancestors who homesteaded in Kansas, or migrated there as an Exoduster do take a look. They are all part of the Joseph Judd Penell collection, and they are wonderful. Men, women and children are reflected in this large 500 plus image collection made from glass plate images from the 1890s till the early 1920s.

Please join me tonight for the Geneabloggers Blog Talk Radio Show. I will be the guest host, sitting in for Thomas Macentee. My guests tonight will be Linda Geiger who is a specialist in Native American research, and Lisa Lee, noted researcher who is well versed in Black Canadian Research. The show begins at 10 pm EST.

Some fascinating threads from AfriGeneas worth reading. One thread reflects an amazing coincidence at the Annual FGS Conference.
Another amazing thread involves use of Pullman Porter Employment Cards. It is always worthwhile to visit the message boards on AfriGeneas for one never knows what adventures await the careful reader.

Thanks for listening and I hope some of you will join me tonight. In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and always keep sharing what you find.

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