This Week's Pod Cast

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A reminder to tune in every week for the Thursday evening broadcast of Bernice Bennett’s Radio Program. Last night’s show was a very good one with Marion Woodfork Simmons, author of “Memories of Union High.” This is a wonderful weekly treat for us in the genealogy community.

This is Friday and I hope that you will join our WDYTYA (Who Do You Think You Are ) viewing party. Many in the AfriGeneas community meet every Friday evening and watch the NBC program and talk about the story as it unfolds. We talk about the conclusions reached by the researchers, and also take note of how it is presented to the special guest. It’s a lot of fun to watch with your genea-friends.

News for Virginia Researchers: The Library of Virginia has just acquired a volume dealing with Slave Accounts from Middlesex County, 1838. This is a unique volume for it provides an account of expenses for slaves, from clothing to tools, and it provides names of slaves and their owners. Such a volume will provide some insight into early 19th century life, by looking at items purchased for their use. It is not available as yet, for researchers, for it is mold damaged and will have to go through several preservation processes before its release to the public. However, make a note of its existence and be sure to follow up with LVA archivisits to find out when it will be available to the general public for use.

March 10th
Tomorrow the Middle Peninsula African American Genealogical Society is having their monthly meeting at the Essex Public Library in Tappahanock. Located on Rt 17, if you ware within driving distance of this area, you are urged to attend.

March 24th Baltimore MD
African American Genealogy Expo at the Enoch Pratt Library at Loch Raven and Cold Spring Blvd.  Sponsored by the Baltimore AAHGS chapter.

May Workshop Announced
May 6th Annual conference Kensington MD, Family History Center
Among the speakers for this spring event will be Bernice Bennett of the popular genealogy blog radio program, Margo Williams who shares her research journey, and also nationally known speaker DearMYRTLE.

Tomorrow May 10th, Little Rock Arkansas
The Arkansas AAHGS Chapter will present their annual workshop with their theme on “The Forgotten: Arkansas African American Soldiers”. Arkansas Civil War history is very close to my heart as many are not aware of the rich Civil War History of Union Soldiers from the state of Arkansas. There are several regiments from Arkansas, plus there were also battles on Arkansas soil involving black soldiers who came from other states as well. I have a list of the battles of these soldiers on my Arkansas Black History Website.

By the way—do consider joining the 1940 Census Indexing Project. As you know the census will be released on April 2, 2012. And we are all excited, but it will not be indexed and volunteers are being sought to assist in getting the census indexed! There are many opportunities to participate in this important project.

Also do take note of the genealogy communities on Facebook and consider following lots of people on Twitter. Also note the recent threads on Facebook about opportunities for Genealogists of color and an apparent effort to prevent speakers on the national level. The threads are interesting reads.

Two Blogs to Note:
Melvin J. Colliers whom many of us know as author of two books on his research journey, now has a brand new blog. Called “Roots Revealed”, Melvin presents his first research story about the very photo that is part of the header of his blog–a beautiful photo of a family of people in Prattsville Arkansas. I had the experience of speaking to people who are possibly descendants of persons in that photo–part of the Danner/Cooper lines from that Grant County Community. I urge you to visit the blog and we are all standing by for more from Melvin Collier.

Another blog came to my attention because it is a the blog of a woman who is a writer, and not a genealogist. Andrea Cumbo shares tips and writes about her life as a writer. But her recent video that she put together about a slave cemetery on the estate where she lived, caught my attention. The blog is found here. But the post that caught my attention was her post where she put images from the slave cemetery together to tell the story of enslaved people who once lived on the estate where she lived. She is involved in a special project to tell their stories.

I found info on these blogs through social media and I hope that more of us are becoming involved in paying attention to this vibrant community on Facebook, Twitter and more. There is a very active genealogical community–and we need to explore it. Take some time to just see how many new online gatherings that you can find and follow some of them. Many new doors may open up for you.

In the meantime, take care until next time. And Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

One Response to “African Roots Podcast Episode #153 March 9, 2012”

  1. Marion says:

    Hi Angela,

    Thanks for mentioning my interview.

    Family historians and genealogist must take an active role in preserving the history of the communities where our ancestors lived. This information is vital to providing additional insight into our family history.

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