This Week's Pod Cast


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Hello from Birmingham Alabama! I have been here attending the Samford University Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research, for this past week and it has been a wonderful experience.

Some good news in the genealogy community: Special Congratulations to Marion Woodfork Simmons! As you know she is the author of Memories of Union High an amazing history of the school that served black students for almost 7 decades in Caroline County Virginia. I have mentioned the book before and I have also created a video about this work of Ms. Simmons. Well she has received national recognition for her work. The book was cited by the National Indie Excellence Book Award! I have also created a video about her work.


And speaking of Marian Woodfork Simmons she is presenting a workshop entitled, Preserving Local History Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012 Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am Location: Washington DC Family History Center, 10000 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD 20895 For further information and registration, please email or call 301-587-0042.

Prince George’s County AAHGS Chapter presents their annual Juneteenth genealogy conference. Watkins Nature Center on Watkins Park Drive in Upper Marlboro MD. This year the opening Plenary will be given by Dr. Elizabeth Clark-Lewis.
They have 9 genealogy workshops being presented spread over 3 different tracks. They have workshops for Beginners, for persons researching Revolutionary War ancestors, Federal Records, the 1940 census, and also resources for Hispanic researchers. This is an all day event from 8:30 – 4:00 pm. In addition they also have activities for children 7 – 12.
This is a FREE community event sponsored jointly by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., Prince George’s County, Maryland Chapter (AAHGS-PGCM), the Prince George’s County Historical Society (PGCHS), and Chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board, Elizabeth M. Hewlett.

In Frankfurt Kentucky:
“Using Facebook, Twitter, etc. for Genealogical Purposes: Making Social Networking Work for You” – Presenter Mary E. Clay
AAGGKY Third Saturday Meeting – SATURDAY, JUNE 16th, 1:00 p.m., Kentucky History Center – First floor Classroom.
Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, Pinterest users, come on out and join the fun!! African-American Genealogy Group of Kentucky (AAGGKY) Website: Email: or (502) 422-4457

June 23
From Central Maryland: AAHGS Chapter: If you have ever lost genealogical records that were stored on your computer or if you want to take simple steps now to prevent that from ever happening, you won’t want to miss this meeting! Among other techniques, our speaker Bill Shelton will show you how you can set up your computer to regularly back up your files without even lifting a finger. Bill will cover everything from cloud computing to the “One Touch” to external companies that provide back up services for a fee and much more. The meetings take place at Owen Brown community center in Columbia MD at 1:00 pm.

Don’t forget to tune into hear the Blog Talk Radio program of Bernice Bennett. The guest host was Natonne Kemp who hosted for Bernice Bennett (who is here in Alabama this week.) The special guest was Gloria Ramsey Lucas author or a book about Slave Records of Edgefield County So. Carolina. The book is a good example of how compiling data is important and also how one can collaborate with others to produce a genealogical work. This was a great show and if you missed it, the archived verson of the show is now online.

Well, winding down this week as I prepare to return to Maryland. Thanks for sending me updates on the many events in you areas. I appreciate you all for being there and please continue to do what you do. Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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