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Black History Month 2013 Challenge
Announcing the first AfriGeneas writing challenge of the year. For Black History Month, we’re asking you to write a Success Story about researching and finding an ancestor. $250 in cash prizes: 1st Place, $100; 2nd Place, $75; 3rd Place, $50; 4th Place, $25.

1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
2. Only one entry permitted per person.
3. Entry may not exceed 1500 words.
4. The theme is “Success Stories” and must be about researching and finding your own ancestor(s).
5. Entry will be judged on style and content. Please include photos or illustrations and cite sources.
6. Entry must be the original work of the submitter, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person.
7. Entry must include the Entry and Release Form including the following information: title of the essay, your name, your address and phone number, your email address, and word count. Download it here.
8. Entry must be submitted in Word format to
9. Entries may be submitted beginning at 12:01 AM CST, Monday, February 11, 2013.
10. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM CST.
11. Winners will be notified by email by Sunday, March 17, 2013.
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Lot of interest of late about Blacks in Nova Scotia in Social Media and online. Some good articles can be found here. In addition there is a tie to Sierra Leone for Black Loyalists as well.
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I am excited to see that the work of Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall has gotten attention with her work on the Slave Ship Manifests.
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Last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s Show was excellent! The topic was Cluster Genealogy and the guest was Dr. Deborah Abbott. The interview was informative, the chat in the room was focused and the caller had data to share as well.
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Interesting activities coming out of Delaware in the next two weeks. A Delaware Genealogy Summit is unfolding, and also the group in Delmarva holds their meeting and there is discussion about a new African American genealogy group organizing in Dover.
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Washington DC Family History Center Announces the following:
Celebrate Black History Month on Saturday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m. with a special program at the Washington Temple Visitors’ Center, 10000 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD 20895. Sponsored by the African-American Interest Group of the Washington DC Family History Center and the P.G. County chapter of AAHGS. Hear the stories behind a heritage quilt hand-made by the WDCFHC Interest Group and attend one of two classes: “African-American Inventive Brilliance” by Pat Sluby, or “Beginning African-American Research” by Carolyn Rowe. Free of charge. For information email or call 301-587-0042.
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It is with great sadness that I must mention the passing of genealogist and fellow blogger, Sandra J. Taliaferro. She was such a kind and generous spirit and she touched so many people in the community. Many of us were inspired by her blog “I Never Knew My Father.” Others were also connecting with her exploring their own family lines, and the possibility of their lines crossing. We shall miss her. A memorial page for her has been put online. We were blessed to know her, and can find some solace that at last she knows her father and has been introduced to the ancestors. May she rest in peace.

Thank you all for listening again, and please keep doing what you do. Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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