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Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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An interesting project was shared with me. Fordham University is launching a database of slave burial grounds. This is the kind of project that is one that surely attracts those of us in the genealogy community. The idea for the database came when Fordham student Sandra Arnold discovered the plantation cemetery where here ancestors had been buried in her home state of Tennessee. She has gotten support from the faculty and the project has expanded.

How often do you use your local archives? Or the National Archives? We all know that the Archives are wonderful repositories. But don’t forget that it is also a great learning center! Some excellent workshops of interest to all who research African American Genealogy and history are offered at various NARA facilities.

Boston MA: The 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry Thursday March 21, 6:00 pm
Ft. Worth TX: Introduction to African American Genealogy Research February 1
Kansas City MO Feb, 8-US Colored Troops During the Civil War, Feb 21, African American Census Research, June 15, African American Research During and Post Civil War.

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The New England Historic Genealogical Society is hosting a special Winter Weekend Getaway for African American Research. It will occur January 31st – February 2.

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Want to make a contribution to the genealogical community? Support the FGS supported effort to Preserve the Pensions. These are the pensions from the War of 1812. Note that there was significant involvement of men of color in the War of 1812, and FGS in collaboration with the National Archives, is working to digitize millions of pages from Pension from the soldiers who served in the War of 1812. There is a fascinating history and the story of involvement of black men, should be studied and documented! Let’s join this incredible effort to preserve the pensions!

Well, I hope as winter is progressing that you remember to take advantage of the many events unfolding everywhere—including the annual conference of the St. Louis African American Genealogy Society. Also remember to put MAAGI on your schedule. Applications are now coming in!

Don’t forget the AAHGS Deadline–you still have time to submit your proposals to speak in Nashville.

Folks in the Mid-Atlantic can show some support to the new group forming on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the DELMARVA AAHGS

And remember to also tune into Bernice Bennett’s show every Thursday. Last night’s guest was Anita Paul, sometimes known as The Author’s Midwife. What a wonderful resource that Ms. Paul is for new writers, offering advice and suggestions for beginning writers struggling to get their book published. Her show airs every Thursday evening at 9 pm EST on Blog Talk Radio and if you are a budding writer, then tune in to this show!

Well folks this is the 199th episode of the African Roots Podcast! I have to thank all of you who have shown me support during these past 4 years! I appreciate you and I am humbled by your support. Thank you all for being there.

In the meantime, please keep doing what you do as you inspire me, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

One Response to “African Roots Podcast Episode #199 January 25, 2013”

  1. Vicky Daviss Mitchell says:

    As always, Very informative

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