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April 14
In Columbia SC, I hope that you will be able to participate in the historic tours of the African American sites. The Historic Columbia Foundation, as well as another group called One Columbia, are sponsoring 4 tours tomorrow throughout the city of Columbia South Carolina. Among the sites to be visited are:
The State House
-Modjeska Simkins House
-Randolph Cemetery
-Bethel AME Church
-Benedict College
-Allen University
and more. For more information on the sites and of the tour, click HERE.

April 28, 2012, Sharpsburg MD
The Dignity of Freedom: Pathways Through The Civil War and Beyond

This is an interesting event coming up about the Civil War, presenting a view of African-American slavery and emancipation from a national perspective and the border state experience. The speakers will cover many issues including the Battle of Antietam as well as the Emancipation Proclamation, Black Civil War soldiers, and will also include information on historic Tolson’s Chapel in Sharpsburg. Total cost for symposium and lunch is $15.00 ($11.00 for box lunch and $4.00 park entry fee). If a
lunch is not requested, the $4.00 park entry fee can be paid the day of the event.

From Arkansas–Digging Up Roots Series April 21, Digging Up Roots Arkansas History Commission The Arkansas chapter of AAHGS, presents a Series—of Research Days beginning this month in Little Rock. The events last from 8am till noon, and the sessions will occur in April, June, August, October & December. Among their topics covered at these events will be Beginning Genealogy 101, Tracing the African American Family, Oral Interviews, Finding Elusive Females, Breaking Through Brick Walls, and so much more.The sessions are for researchers of all levels, so those who are also not beginners will also find these to be great sessions.

Cemetery Preservation Conference This year’s event will be in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. I will post a link to the conference as soon as it is posted.

Bernice Bennett Show If you missed last night’s episode of Bernice Bennet’s radio program, tune in to Blog Talk Radio for the show Research at the National Archives and Beyond. If you have ties to Michigan, you may be interested in hearing a presentation by Derek Davey who will speak about state resources in Ohio and Michigan.

I was recently online and found more than 2 dozen African American genealogy communities on Facebook. I urge you all to explore the many social communities online and make some connections. There are opportunities on many levels to network, meet new people and to learn from each other.

Well I know many of your are still pouring through the 1940 census. After you make your first finds, do sign up to become an indexer and assist with this massive effort to get the census in a searchable state. We need all hands on deck to make this happen.

Thanks for listening, and keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

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