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Well hello everyone and we are well into the month of January and the brand new year and lots of things are underway! I hope you are managing to stay connected to your own New Year goals and have begun to work on those many projects that you may have mentioned in recent weeks.

January has taken off in the genealogy world!

MAAGI is now open for registration! That is the Midewestern African American Genealogy Institute in St. Louis Missouri. This will take place July 9-11th at Harris-Stowe State University!

Among some of the speaker are Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis, National President of the Afro- American Historical & Genealogical Society, Thomas MacEntee, noted blogger and lecturer and leader in the genealogy blogging community. Also President of the Association of Professional Genealogists Kenyatta Berry, Blog radio host Bernice Alexander Bennett, genealogist and documentarian Nicka Sewell Smith, Allen County Library manager, Curt Wither, Black Coal Miner specialist Tim Pinnick, and so many more.

From Northern California:
A new workshop series for African American researchers is announced:
The classes will take place at the Oakland Family Search Library, on Lincoln Avenue in Oakland California
Each class begins at 6:30 pm

This is a 5 part series and here are the titles:
January 29th Freedman’s Bureau Records
February 5 Historical Black Newspapers
February 12th Best Websites for African American Genealogy
February 19th Back Away from the Computer
February 26th DNA Research
There is a small fee of $7 per session.

By the way—there is a lot of energy coming out of Northern California if you have not noticed—keep your eyes on their website—they are truly offering not just information to their members but they are on top of social media and are putting their information out there on many platforms! Go to their website, bookmark it, and keep them on your radar!

Since this is the beginning of the year I thought I would put some national events out there for you to consider, with links to the sponsoring sites:

Ok overall Calendar:

Family Tree University Winter 2013 Virtual Conference

APG Professional Management Conference
March 19 – 20, 2013: Salt Lake City, Utah

RootsTech 2013
March 21 – 23, 2013: Salt Lake City, Utah ** Early Registration now open!!

Forensic Genealogy Institute:> in Dallas TX

JUNE 6-9th
So. California Genealogy Jamboree
Burbank California

June 9 – 14th

July 9-11th
Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute in St. Louis Missouri

August 21-24th
Federation of Genealogical Societies in Ft. Wayne Indiana

October 10-13th
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Nashville Tennessee, 34th Annual Conference, “150 Sounds of Freedom: Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation”

A regional event: Genealogy Society to Share Tips for Internet Research Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Virginia (MPAAGHS) will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Essex County Public Library, 117 North Church Lane (Rt. 17), Tappahannock, Virginia. All persons who are interested in African-American genealogy and history are invited to attend.

Note how many groups are now addressing the internet resources—people are appreciating the need to get wired, so to speak and to connect in ways not done before.

By the way—-I hope you take the time to tune into Bernice Bennett’s show from last night. < a href=””>Nicka Sewel Smith a talented young genealogist spoke about her use of technology, and social platforms to connect with young people. She addressed the need to go where they are—whether Facebook or Instragram or other places as well. Bernice’s show airs every Thursday at 9pm EST on Blog Talk Radio.

Thank you for listening and know that I appreciate you all for tuning in. Remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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