This Week's Pod Cast


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

Upcoming Events:
March 18
A NEW PODCAST! The Indiana African American Genealogy Group is launching a series of podcasts. The first one will be this Sunday March 18, and will feature Suzanne Hahn of the Indiana Historical Society who is director of reference services at the William Henry Smith Memorial Library at the Indiana Historical Society. She will also, discuss the upcoming genealogy program, including the 2012 Midwestern Roots conference.
More information about the podcast can be found here.

March 15,
Registration for the Rosenwald School Conference has begun,
The National Rosenwald Schools Conference will be held June 14-16, 2012 on the campus of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. The National Trust for Historic Preservation extends an invitation to the public to attend this event. To receive a copy of the preliminary program phone 843-722-8552 or send email to Katherine Carey.

March 23-24, 2012
Fairfax County Genealogical Society conference
Location:Marriott Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033 Friday sessions start in the afternoon and go into the evening. Saturday the sessions begin at 9am. Char McCargo Bah will be presenting “A Fresh Look at African American Genealogy”. She also has two other sessions, one on Finding slaves through vital records, and another session on using church records. This is truly a very good event to attend and you have the chance, by all means do try to make it to their annual conference. Great schedule—including some mini-lectures as well.

March 24, Also next week—the Baltimore African American Gen. Society will host a genealogy expo. Members will be on hand to showcase their genealogical work, and others will be there to teach classes to beginners and will receive help in getting started. The event will take place at Enoch Pratt Library at Cold Spring and Loch Raven Blvd. in Baltimore.

March 31, at the East Baltimore library branch—there will be an all day workshop in Baltimore for those interested in truly becoming more advanced technologically—Thomas McEntee will present four workshops:
-Facebook for Genealogists
-Google for Genealogists
-Navigating the 1940 US Census
-Social Networking: New Horizons for Genealogists

New Blogs:
The Cooking Gene This is the website of Michael Twitty a culinary historian and researcher. His site is unique as he unravels his journey to explore family history through foodways of the ancestors. He also seeks to heal and have a form of reconciliation through foodways, as well.

Another Blog: Roots Revealed. This is the new blog of genealogist Melvin Collier, noted author and genealogist. This blog takes the reader step by step as he unravels a particular family line in each post.This is the perfect kind of blog that people need to see. You can see how he applies logic and analysis to answer questions that he has. I am delighted to see that he has joined the blogging community and I hope that you will become one of his followers.

The Northwest African American Museum in Seattle is an interesting site to visit if you are in the Pacific northwest. I was pleased while looking at their website to learn that they also have a genealogy center. The Center offers free access to major databases like World Deluxe, World Vital Records, Legacy Family Tree Software, as well as resource books and the knowledge of experienced genealogists. To schedule a one-on-one appointment contact the Genealogy Center Coordinator at 206.518.6000 x108 or

New Records at Family Search
From the Caribbean
Bahamas Civil Registrations from 1850 – 1959 This includes births, deaths, and marriages. So if you have ties or have ancestors from those communities in the Bahamas—this will make your search a more convenient one.

BARBADOES BAPTISMS 1739-1871 Primarly an INDEX Index to selected Barbados baptisms. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. Burials 1854-1885,Marriages 1854-1879

District of Columbia Some new records are also added:
• District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840-196427 Apr 2010366,990
• District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-195916 May 2011103,160
• District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-195010 Jan 2012659,487
• District of Columbia, Births and Christenings, 1830-1955 *10 Mar 2012109,908
• District of Columbia, Marriages, 1830-1921 *5 Mar 2012

This is a great time to be a genealogist, and you are urged to join the community online—through social networks, massive databases, and using the amazing tools to tell your story better. So many of them are free and they can enhance how you tell your family story!!

Thanks for listening and continue to do what you do. Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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