This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast. I can be reached at

Today at the National Archives branch in Morrow Georgia, Linda Geiger will present a workshop on documenting and finding Cherokee Records. For more information call 678-364-3730.

Washington DC – National Archives
Friday, January 20, at noon William G. McGowan Theater : A presentation by Sydney Nathans, on the book, To a Free Family. The Journey of Maggie Walker In this book, author Sydney Nathans uses letters and diaries to tell the remarkable story of Mary Walker, who fled her owner in 1848 and spent the next 17 years trying to recover her family. A book signing will follow the program

January 25thA presentation called, Freedom by the Sword, the United States Colored Troops The event is also free and open to the public.

Friday January 27th Two weeks from today, I shall be a guest host on the Geneabloggers radio program. I shall be addressing the theme of Coming Together—meeting slaveholder descendants and forging a working relationship. My guests will be genealogists who have had such an experience when meeting descendants of those who once held their ancestors as slaves. What was it like? How did the experience come about? And they will be asked if there are recommendations that they can made for others who have identified descendants of slaveholders, and how to make that approach. The show will air on January 27 at 9 pm EST

February Events
“Journeys to Our Ancestors Beginning African-American Genealogy”
Saturday, February 18, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Washington Temple Visitors’ Center
9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD 20895
Keynote Speaker: Margo Williams, Author of “My Research Journey to Home Finding Miles Lassiter – An Early African American Quaker There are many additional workshops planned for that day also.
This seminar is free of charge, but registration is requested.

February 18th
St. Louis Afr. American Genealogical Society presents an all day conference at Harris Stowe State University in St. Louis

Black Belt Genealogical Society annual conference. This will be held in historic Selma Alabama. Click the link for more information

March 3, 2012
Registration is now open for another GA Gen Society workshop. Winter Seminar – “Genealogists Mapping Tools”
with Rick Sayre, CG(sm) Date: 3 March 2012 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (registration, 9:30 am – 10:00 am)
Location: National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia
Fees: Members $25 per person and Non-Members, $35 per person Please note that a $5 surcharge will be assessed for late registrations) I mention it because of a strong interest that I have in using maps as tools in telling our family stories. I took a class at Samford with Rick Sayre and enjoyed it immensely and found it to be so useful. I am still exploring things and trying to apply what I have learned that class.

A new digitized newspaper has emerged–The Indianpolis Recorder is now online with more than 5000 digitized images from 1899 – 2005. This covers the entire 20th century and more. You can read more about the project at their website.

February 1, 2012 The International Black Genealogy Summit will take proposals to speak in October until February 1st. Send all proposals to this address.

February 15th The Georgia Genealogical Society and Augusta Genealogical Society members are invited to submit lecture proposals for the April 28, 2012 meeting to be held in Augusta, Georgia. Send proposals to this address. Suggested topic are:
? -Archives, genealogical and historical societies, libraries, and repositories in Georgia
? -Family history writing and publishing
? -Georgia research
? -Immigration and emigration patterns
? -Methodology and problem solving techniques
? -New research methodologies, strategies, or techniques
? -Photography and genealogy
? -Proving or disproving family stories
? -Record analysis
? -Resources available in Georgia (cemeteries, church records, courthouse records, newspapers,
military information, etc.)
? Successful research trip planning
Check the link above for more information.

I hope that during this new year that you will consider exploring new options and methods in your research projects. Try some new websites and remember to use all online search engines and see what you might find.

Don’t forget to appreciate this time of the year and to appreciate this long holiday weekend that approaches. Take some time out to appreciate the works and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, and let’s all try to embrace what he is did in his lifetime for others.

Thanks for listening. Stay focused and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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