This Week's Pod Cast


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Announcement–Patriots of Color Database is announced The webiste at, has just announced a new website called the Patriots of Color Database. The W.E.B. DuBois Institute is bringing this collection online for the first time, compiling years of research facilitated by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. These information is now available for free at their website.

March 4, 2012
Groundbreaking for USCT Memorial, in Lexington Park MD. The Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions is inviting one and all to the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the United States Colored Troops (USCT) Memorial Monument to be installed in Lexington Park, Maryland. This event occurs on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at 2:00 pm at John G. Lancaster Park, 21550 Willows Road, Lexington Park, Maryland.

An Interesting Website
This will interest Mississippi Researcher. The University of Mississipipi Library has a wonderful exhibit online, pertating to historic images of Lafayette County. The site is called, “We Cannot Walk Alone” and it features families and invididuals who were persons of interest in that community. This will include the communities around Oxford Mississippi.

The AAHGS-AR Chapter (co-sponsored by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center) will present our annual workshop entitled The Forgotten: Arkansas’ African American Soldiers of the Civil War on March 10, 2012 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center located at 501 W. 9th Street in Little Rock from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Deadline for the early registration price of $10 is March 4, 2012. On-site Registration is $15.

March 20, 2012
Author Melvin Collier, will be participating in the Emerging Writers Showcase. It is on March the 10th at 1 pm at the Fayette County GA library, and admission is free. You will be able to get a signed copy of his book at the event.

A New Blog
By the way there is a blog to which I wish to address your attention. The Northern California African American Genealogical society has a great new blog and they are now producing podcasts. Two of their podcasts can be heard at the link below. The host is Nicka Smith, whom many of us know from the AtlasFamily blog. Well she has two very good interviews with Melvin Collier, two time author and genealogist. So listen to their new Pedigree podcasts.

March 15, 2012
African American History Symposium at Goucher College. The theme of the 2012 symposium is, Free Yet Bound: The African American Community in Baltimore, 1800-1864.
Registration fee: Students/GBHA/HHI $20 Regular Registration $25 General Registration Please register for the symposium by March 10, 2012 for catering purposes. Although not preferred, you may register on the day of the symposium.

I want to address the issue of telling our own story an its importance. How many of your consider yourself to be a writer? Well if you are researching your family history, you must emerge from the experience either as a story teller or a writer.
The story must be told. But are you telling it?
Do you have a written piece on what you have researched so far?
Do you have a blog?
Do you have a news letter—not with family news—but with family stories?
Do you have a story that you can tell about how you felt the first time you found a family file?
Do you continue to have stories?

Remember that every discovery that you make—you have a new story to tell. Actually you have two stories—the data from the document is one story and your reaction to finding the document is the other story? But how many of us are neglecting both of those stories?

Let’s all remember to commit ourselves to not just collect names, but to tell our story, describe our journey and to share it for the next generation.

Well, thanks for listening this week and remember to keep research, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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