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Happy New Year!! It’s good to be back for another year with you here at African Roots Podcast! I look forward to sharing more with you this coming year!

FROM WESSYINGTON PLANTATION: The Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Tennessee is planning an exhibit featuring Wessyngton Plantation from its founding in 1796 through the Civil War. The exhibit will open February through August 2014 for the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. I am sure that many of you are familiar with the book by John Baker The Washingtons of Wessyngton. If you are a descendant and have any photos, stories or any other information, please John Baker would like to hear from you as soon as possible. Note also that in February 2013 he will be featured on NPT (Nashville Public Television) for an interview at Wessyngton regarding his work and research for Black History Month. You may read more about event pertaining to Wessyington on his his blog.

Speaking of Tennessee, AAHGS the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society will hold the 2013 conference in October, in Nashville Tennessee. The Call for Papers has been released and suggestions have been made on how to submit your data. So if you are interested in presenting in Nashville in October, now is the time!

And don’t forget to Meet Me In St. Louis! The MAAGI website is updated! MAAGI is the acronym, for the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute. Faculty members are listed.

In the Atlanta area in February there will be an Emancipation Symposium at the SE Regional Branch of the National Archives. Emancipation Symposium at the SE Regional Branch of the National Archives. The event will take place on February 9, 2013, at National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia
Keynote Speaker Hari Jones, Assistant Director & Curator of the African American Civil War Museum, Washington, DC. He is a wonderful speaker and one not to miss. The celebrations of the Emancipation should encourage all of us to find our own family freedom story.

For Virginia Researcher-A New Database!
Volunteers from Charles City Center for Local History have released new databases of use to researchers. Of interest to African American researchers are two that are quite interesting. The Free Negro and Mulatto Register. The other database if the Slave Ancestor File.

From South Carolin:
Another February event—in Spartanburg SC, there will be an African American Family History Workshop, on Feb 1st and 2nd. Some of the Sessions include “How to get started”, “Creative Ways to Bring Life to your Family History” “Local Resources”, “Land Records, Tax Records & Census”….and much more. Take a look and join them if you can!

A moment of shameless self promotion—if you have time, feel free to look at my blog My Ancestors’s Name where I devoted 6 hours on New Year’s Eve, as a special Watch Night Tribute to my ancestors. Every hour at the top of the hour from 6p till midnight, I posted a tribute to my enslaved ancestors on the blog. This was to honor the 150th Year commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation. This was my way of celebrating this milestone year.

Now that the New Year is here—-time to look at those promises so many of us make to get in shape, clean out old clutter and to get focused or re-focused. Many of us sit at our computers and spend hours looking and clicking and typing, but don’t get up, don’t exercise, and don’t focus on other dimensions of our lives. Well an interesting conversation took place last night on Bernice Bennett’s show, when there was a good discussion about balance! Tune in—her guest was Sharon Weinstein, who addressed many of these issues—not exercising, not eating right, not sleeping, and so much more. This is something many of us are guilty of doing, and letting our passion become our obsession, often at the expense of other things. Bernice’s show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm eastern time on Blog Talk Radio.

Is this your year? Time to write or embark on that project? Well—think about it and consider taking the plunge. This might be the time to start to tell your own story? Tell the story that you want to see written. We often wait and hope that someone else tells our story—but now perhaps it is time right now to do it ourselves. There is plenty of room out there in the “blogosphere” for more writers and bloggers to write and share! To insure that your ancestors have their stories told you should join the community of writers and bloggers and tell their stories. Who would know it better than you who has researched and documented them? Maybe this is time for you to become the portal through which your owns ancestors’ stories can come! If you want to see a good example of a blog of how one has shared what he has found, take a look at Melvin Collier’s blog. It is called Roots Revealed. Read his posts–he shares his journey as he documented it. Is this your year? Maybe it’s time!

Well thanks for tuning in and have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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