This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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It is so good to be coming to you again and this time with electric power. If you heard my podcast last week, you will recall that I was in the 7th straight day of living with no electric power after a major derecho storm took out power for over a million people. Well I was one of the millions and power did not return until last Friday afternoon. It took at least 2 days for the house to get cooled off and of course all of the food in the house had to be discarded. But it was an experience to remember, if nothing else.

Event- Little Rock Arkansas, July 21
Bass Reeves, noted US Deputy Marshall and first African American to serve on the western frontier in the 1870s will be honored in a special event sponsored by National Black Law Enforcement Executives NOBLE at their Annual Conference on Saturday July 21, 2012 from 4 pm to 6PM at the Peabody Hotel–Judge spears from Fort Smith, Professor Art Burton and Marshal Moore from Illinois will serve on a Panel that will discuss Bass Reeves life and Accomplishments.

Topeka Kansas August 3-5
For Civil War enthusiasts, a three day event is being planned to honor the 1st Kansas Colored on the 150th anniversary of the formation of the first unit of black soldiers to go into battle during the Civil War. This Civil War regiment was historic and was formed a year before the US Colored Troops, and was the first black unit to engage the enemy in the Civil War at Island Mound Missouri in 1862.

Census Update:

About 30 states have now been indexed on Family Search and are searchable. 1940 CENSUS UPDATE
At least 29 states have been fully indexed and are now searchable at Family Search. With the Family Search project they will be uploaded onto:,,,, and of course FamilySearch.

But I have been surprised to find out that I have had some interesting emotions while searching one of my lines. I was excited to find my parents and uncles and cousins, but I noticed that the patriarch and matriarch of my grandmother’s family were both gone. Both had been born slaves, and there was always something comforting about finding them each census year after Freedom. The were survivors and represented that survival to me and seeing them gone in 1940 just left with with a tinge of sadness. The family endured, but those who brought the family into Freedom were no longer there. An era was gone. I don’t have the same emotion for other family lines but for this one, I have felt that sadness that the wisdom that they gave and the strength that instilled had moved into the past

I hope you got a chance to hear Bernice Bennett’s show last night on Blog Talk Radio. Gwen Olson shared her journey of how she documented her enslaved ancestors from Orange County NC. She was articulate, enthusiastic and explained her process so clearly. Bernice’s Show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm eastern time.

Thanks for tuning in again this week. In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

One Response to “African Roots Podcast Episode #171 July 13, 2012”

  1. Art Thomas says:


    I also had a feeling of remorse in viewing the 1940 census records and not seeing my maternal great-grandparents. I had seen them every census year from 1860 thru 1930. They all died in that period between 1930 & 1940.

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