This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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Well this has been an amazing week with the opening of the 1940 census! I had the press at my home when the census launched and perhaps you saw the article in the Tuesday edition of USAToday. Well it has been fun exploring the records all week, but now after finding the relatives, it is time to help the indexing effort. Please take the time and pay it forward by assisting with indexing the states from the 1940 census.

Indiana–From Indiana:Indiana Freedom Trails Quarterly Meeting
April 7 th 2012 11:00-1:00pm
Indiana History Center 450 W. Ohio Street Indianapolis (parking off New York St.) The guest speaker will be Ms. Deanda Johnson Midwest Regional Coordinator NPS National Underground Railroad Network To Freedom. She will speak about researching the Underground Railroad and the Network to Freedom Application process.
This is event is free and open to the public. More information HERE.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
April 14, 2012
In North Carolina a workshop on Researching African American Family History will take place on April 14 at the Wilson Special Collections library at the University of No. Carolina, in Chapel Hill from 10 – 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Register by emailing Biff Hollingsworth at

Main Speakers
Dorothy Spruill Redford, former manager of the Somerset Place History Site and author of Somerset Homecoming. She will discuss use of primary resources such as the Southern Historical Collection Pettigrew Papers, the Anne Cameron Collins Papers, and Cupola House Papers that she used to document her own family who were enslaved at Somerset.

Also speaking will be Holly Smith and Biff Hollingsworth librarians at the Southern Historical Collection who will discuss their collections and how to use the library resources to conduct genealogical research. Joey Funk of the Southern Oral History Program will also provide tips for conducting oral history.
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Don’t forget to attend the Ohio Genealogy Society Conference next weekend in Cleveland. They have great speakers lined up so do try to make it!

The Nation’s Capitol will host the 8th Annual Genealogy Fair at the National Archives in Washington DC. This is a two day event where the archives gets to showcase its many holdings for the public. I hope to see many of you there!

Well this is the 3rd anniversary of the African Roots Podcast! As a thank you for listening to me for 3 years I am happy to announce the African Roots TV video channel on YouTube. On this channel I hope to cover events that I have attended, share people and places that I visit and cover those topics that I hope will interest you in the African American genealogy community. This new video channel I hope will feature those persons that are breaking new ground in the genealogical community and I hope to showcase the accomplishments of many researchers in the family! Thank you for supporting me for the past three years, and I hope that you visit my channel from time to time!

Well, thanks for listening again. Please continue to work hard and keep sharing, keep researching and always keep sharing what you find!

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