This Week's Pod Cast


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

There is an interesting new book by Margo Williams who has recently published a book about her ancestor who was one of the few African-Quakers. Her book is called, “Miles Lassiter (circa 1771-1850) — An Early African-American Quaker from Lassiter Mill, Randolph County, North Carolina: My Research Journey to Home.” Ms Williams will be at the Asheboro Public Library, 210 Worth St. in Asheboro NC, at 10 a.m. on Saturday to talk about and sign copies of the just-released book. The presentation, sponsored by the Randolph Genealogical Society, will be in the downstairs meeting room. Refreshments will be served. It is free and open to the public.

Legacy Family Tree presents a free webinar “Is My Pet Frog Part of My Family?” Children and Genealogy in the Classroom . Grab and hold the attention of kids with a series of multicultural genealogicalactivities developed for use in the classroom, but useful for kids in any setting. The material in this lecture is based on the presenter Maureen Taylor’s experience teaching school-age children about family and local history. When: 2 p.m. E.S.T. Contact: To register


If you have not done so as yet, do take some time on Thursday evenings to listen to the Blog Talk Radio program hosted by Ms. Bernice Bennett. Research at the National Archives and Beyond. I listened to her broadcast last night and learned a lot from her guest Natonne Kemp discussing research in the state of Virginia. She shared some amazing information from the LVA site and pointed out some excellent resources for researchers. I learned about some excellent websites including the hidden gems in the LVA Library of Virginia website. Excellent resources there. Next Thursday December 9, Aaron Dorsey will discuss researching Slave era documents. Join her at Blog Talk Radio.


David Blight is a professor of history at Yale University and he has a recently published book called “A Slave No More” two recently discovered slave narratives. The book reflects the lives of John Washington, and Wallace Turnage. The narratves also include their own personal stories of how they were emancipated. December 8, 2011 evening he will present at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH. On December 12, 2011, 2 PM he will present, at the “Healing the Wounds of History: North-South,Black-White”, a conflict Prevention and resolution Forum, at the School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC.


Good news for Georgia researchers: This information is from the Afrigeneas States Message Board/Forum: There is a list of early African American marriages on that list.These marriages reflect marriages right after the Civil War from 1865 – 1870. The list of marriages of individuals is posted on the message board. My guess is that one would have to go directly to the courthouse to obtain them. But take a look at the post on


Are you interested in joining a new online genealogy community? Then take a look at the new FamilySearch and Facebook genealogy communities!
The communities are designed to be places where researchers can find answers to questions and interact with others researching in the same locality. News and resources are shared, and genealogical information gleaned gets added to FamilySearch Wiki. They are partnering with genealogical societies who want to publicize events, news, and information about resources.

Join a Facebook Genealogy Research Community: HERE
Join a community on SKYPE

To volunteer to be an administrator, click HERE for more information and to complete the application form.

Well as the holidays approach, remember to plan well, and plan to preserve those memories. This is a good time, between all of the shopping and preparations to slow down and enjoy life’s precious moments.

Thanks for listening, and in the mean time, keep researching keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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