This Week's Pod Cast


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

Tonight you are all invited to the Geneabloggers Radio program on Blog Talk Radio. I have the honor of being the guest host. Tonight’s show is “Walking on the Same Path. Descendants of Slaves and Slaveholders Collaborating”. This promises to be a special show with my three guests, Bernice Bennett, Betty McDade, and Toni Carrier. We will discuss methods in which descendants of both sides of the slavery experience can work together to share data and present history.

February Events:
February 8th African American Genealogy Open House, Boston Massachusetts
NEHGS (New England Historic Genealogy Society)
Where: 99-101 Newbury Street
When: February 8, 2012 9:00AM – February 8, 2012 9:00PM
This will be a free day of research and a chance to learn about African American family history. NEHGS Online Genealogist David Allen Lambert will help you learn how to trace African American ancestors, author and historian Alex R. Goldfeld will present stories of Boston’s earliest African American community, and author Joseph Carvalho III will share his revised edition of Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts 1650-1865, recently published by NEHGS. The lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception. All participants will receive free access to the NEHGS research library for the day, with time to research on your own. Free; registration required. Call 617-226-1226 to register

Black History Month approaches and there are tons of events around the country taking place. I was excited to find a state that has outlined a number of events going on in various regions in Virginia. Click HERE to see the extended list.

February 18th is also a busy day in many communities—the St. Louis African American Genealogical society is hosting their third annual conference at the Harris Stowe State University campus. I am excited as I will be traveling to speak at that event this year. This is a dynamic group that has a lot of energy and is becoming a model organization to follow.

Also if you live in the Hampton Roads area, on February 18th there is a fascinating program that will be presented by Drusilla Pair. She is coordinating a program called “Sunday Crowns” which will look at the hat history that many families have. This event will take place at the historic Newsome House of Newport News.

A Census Extravaganza is Planned!
The Central MD Chapter of AAHGS has a fascinating 3 part event planned, beginning tomorrow January 28th. This is to prepare members for the upcoming unfolding of the 1940 census! The first session of the 3-part census extravaganza—Census Detectives: Learn to be a Genealogy Gumshoe– is this Sat. Jan. 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Owen Brown Neighborhood Center in Columbia MD. Learn how to think like a detective in searching for your ancestors in census records. Also, you will hear about different records (aside from the more commonly-used genealogy records) that may provide clues to help you in your search.

The second session of the extravaganza —In Their Footsteps: Learning the Basics on Genealogy Research is Sat. Feb. 18th from 12 noon to 2:00 PM. See flier attached for details.

The third session of the extravaganza will be specifically on how to find your ancestors in the 1940 census to be released online on April 2, 2012. The third and final session is March 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM. A flier with additional details will be distributed at a later date.

February 1, 2012 is right around the corner! Time to submit your proposal to speak at Salt Lake City!
IBGS-International Black Genealogy Summit. The final deadline to submit a proposal to speak is Wednesday February 1.

The Family History Expos has announced their Call for Papers

Well I hope that you will tune in tonight to the Geneabloggers program for there is an opportunity to listen to three researcher share their stories of how they have worked with people to bring forth the history of enslaved people to light. My goal is to encourage us all to embrace all aspects of our history. Our history is vast–and all of it whether enslaved or free, immigrant or native born, we all have walked on the same path and traveled the same road, and all of us are part of a vast and colorful quilt that make this nation a great place to be. It is also a wonderful time to be a part of the genealogical community. The proof comes in the records and the records will have value as long as we share.

Thanks for listening. Have a great week, and keep researching, keep documenting, and always keep sharing what you find.

One Response to “African Roots Podcast Episode #147 January 27, 2012”

  1. J. Mark Lowe says:

    What a great podcast. Thanks Angela for inspiring us to keep on…


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