This Week's Pod Cast


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Hello to everyone from downtown Chicago Illinois! I am here in the midwest attending the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Afro-American Genealogical & Historical Society of Chicago! I am so excited as I will be a speaker at this event and I am also looking forward to learning from so many of this organizations cadre of talented speakers! It is always good to be here among so many dedicated genealogists.

Of course October is a busy month, and next week many people from around the country will be headed to the International Black Genealogy Summit in Salt Lake City. That promises to be an exciting event!

October 13, Baltimore:
Baltimore Family History Conference: The workshop is sponsored by the Baltimore Maryland Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held in Essex, Maryland, on Saturday, Oct. 13.

October 27, in Charleston SC an All Day Genealogy Workshop will take place. The event lasts from 9:00 – 2:30. Registration will include lunch. There is a discount if you register before October 20th. has announced that they have an interactive graphic feature on their site. It is called “An American Family Through Time”. It is interesting to see how the nation changed and how the census varied from year to year.

Well, I have alluded to this event in recent weeks, and I am now happy to simply say save the dates. In 2013, an inaugural event will unfold, and I hope that you will all meet me in St. Louis for the first Midwest African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI). Sponsored by the St. Louis African American Genealogy & History Society, Harris Stowe State University, and this promises to be an exciting event. The institute will occur the week of July 7, in St. Louis Missouri. From July 8-11th, four days of classes, lectures, computer lab time, and visits to rare collections and archives will provide a unique experience of looking at African American Genealogy for the novice to the professional. Next week the extended website will be up and registration will begin in the early part of 2013. So, I hope that we will all meet up in St. Louis next July!

If you missed it, don’t forget to listen to Joseph McGill on Bernice Bennet’s show. The archived version is online immediately after her show ends. Joseph McGill has begun an amazing effort to preserve the slave cabins around the nation, and is bringing attention to this need, by spending the night in various slave cabins that still remain around the country. More about the Slave Dwelling Project can be found on the wonderful Low Country Africana website.

Well special congratulations to the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society for the celebration of their 33rd anniversary at the annual conference in Greensboro North Carolina. Also it was announced that AAHGS is joining the online genealogy community with vigor! A new AAHGS Facebook page has been launched, a Twitter page, and a new AAHGS YouTube channel as well. Soon to follow will be a special blog where instructional videos and webinars will reside.

With all of these activities unfolding this month as the year will wind down we should all take time to reflect after we are filled with new techniques and strategies. Colder weather approaches and we will want to take more time to reflect on what we have learned and to plan for the coming year, how we will utilize these new skills.

Thanks for taking out time to tune in again and in the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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