This Week's Pod Cast


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

It is great to be back in Maryland now, but this time last week I was attending the National Black Genealogy Summit in Ft. Wayne Indiana. I had a wonderful time, made new friends and enjoyed myself with old friends as well. For those who have not seen my blog posts about the experience, feel free to visit My Ancestor’s Name.

International Black Genealogy Summit has released their CALL FOR PAPERS:
October 18 – 20th Salt Lake City Utah.

A wide variety of presentations will be considered including children’s genealogy, web sites, Black research in the U.S. and internationally, use of records and repositories either digital or brick-and-mortar, methodology, skill building, cultural and ethnic research in other countries, medical history, writing, publishing your family history, computers and technology, genetics and DNA research, migration, immigration and naturalization records.

Original topic submissions are encouraged. The IBGS Program Committee will consider proposals, workshops and other ground-breaking presentations. Digital projector presentations are strongly encouraged. Presentation time slots are a total of 60 minutes in length, including a 10-minute question-and-answer period. Speakers may submit multiple proposals. The IBGS Program Committee may select none, some, or all of a speaker’s proposals. More information can be found HERE.
DEADLINE: February 1, 2012

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The Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) is pleased to announce the 2012 Conference Call for Papers, to be presented at our annual Conference, October 4-7, 2012.

The AAHGS Conference endeavors each year to provide the premier opportunity to explore standard and innovative methods, resources, and strategies centered around African American, Caribbean, Native American genealogy and the expansive history of the African in the Diaspora. Speakers, Authors, and possible candidates for keynote and general assembly gatherings may also submit their proposals.

The following focus areas are offered as suggestions for session topics
• African American History
• Caribbean-American Research
• African American Migration (varied)
• Periods of War: Revolutionary War; Civil War; WWI; WWII;
• African Americans in New England, Pre-Civil War
• Use of Technology in research (Not product sales presentations)
• Church/Religious History in the African American Experience
• The Civil Rights Movement
• Research methodologies (various levels)
• State Specific Research Resources; Adoption Records
• Local history, i.e. town histories; institutions; industrial history as it relates to the African American experience
• Native American/African American experience
• Blacks in the West
• Ancestors that survived the struggle
• Black in Antiquity
• The Parallel of the African American Athlete and Civil Rights
• Studies of the Black Community
• The Journey from Africa to America
• Honoring Our Historic Past
• Unsung Ancestors

• The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2011.

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The Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society is accepting proposals for presentations at our 6th annual conference and family history fair, February 17 & 18, 2012 in Historic Selma Alabama. The conference location is the Hank Sanders Technology Center at Wallace Community College Selma. The conference format includes a Friday evening pre-conference meet and greet event and Saturday morning and afternoon concurrent sessions with a keynote speaker and awards luncheon and an afternoon plenary session featuring a panel discussion exploring the dynamics of the great migration from the Black Belt and the motivations and consequences for those who left and for those who chose to stay.

The Black Belt as a Collage of Cultures – the intersection of African American, European and Native American peoples and their contributions, accomplishments and cultural influence on the region.
The Black Belt as a Repository of Resources – the wealth of natural, physical, genealogical and historical resources, well –known and little-known;
The Black Belt as a Hallmark of History – the historically significant events of the region that shape past, present and future generation

Presenters receive an honorarium and conference registration. In-state presenter honorarium is $50. Out-of-state presenter honorarium is $100. Travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the presenter. Submit proposals electronically by November 30, 2011 to or mail to the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc. at:

Last week’s conference gave me time to reflect about the need to spend time with colleagues and fellow researchers. The event allowed many of us to meet for the first time, and for others—it was just being around other researchers that motivated some who had stalled in their research to get going again. Perhaps we all need to reach out and mentor others, include a friend on the next jaunt to the Archives or Family History Center. We all inspire each other and we need to share our projects with each other–we may find that we get inspiration in unexpected places.

Well, thanks for listening, and please keep doing what you do—-keep researching, keep documenting and always, keep sharing what you find.

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