This Week's Pod Cast


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Well I have to send a big hello to everyone who is in Salt Lake City Utah this week attending ROOTS TECH. What a great time I know everyone is having and I have been watching the live video streams! Two more days of workshops and videos to watch and I am impressed with what I have seen so far!

Now that spring is here–lots of events coming up! There is MAAGI, FGS Conference, the California Jamboree, Samford and AAHGS as well.

Speaking of conferences, Online registration is now open for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled for 21-24 August 2013 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Register at by 1 July 2013 for an early-bird discount. This year’s conference theme is “Journey through Generations,” and the local hosts are the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) and the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI).

I am excited about this year’s conference as I shall be speaking there, plus there is the chance to do some research at Allen County Public Library as well, should be tons of fun!

And don’t forget the first African American organized and hosted event at an historically black institution—I am talking about MAAGI, the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute.

An event in June in Wisconsin:
Excitement is building for “Looking for a Home,” the first annual African-American Genealogy Conference co hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Madison African-American Genealogy Writing Group, which will be held June 21-22, 2013, at the Pyle Center in Madison.
The headlining speaker will be Tony Burroughs, whom many will know his name and will draw many curious researchers. From their website it is pointed out that “other speakers include Walter T. McDonald, coauthor of Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave; and Crystal Molten, from the Department of History, University of Wisconsin Madison. Moten will talk about Finding and Telling Their Stories: Black Women’s Lives and Experiences in the Historical Record; James Hansen, Society Genealogy Reference Librarian, will discuss African-American Newspapers and Periodicals; and Lori Bessler will discuss Navigating Ancestry and FamilySearch.”

Have you ever had a rift in the family? I don’t mean a small argument between siblings, but a major one in which relatives split and did not speak for years. These kinds of separations can often last for generations. Well one very well written blog post discusses such an event. The blog is Finding Eliza by Krsitin Cleage.

HISTORY INTERNSHIPS: The Senator John Heinz History Center and the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village are great places to learn about numerous professions in a host of fields. Applications are accepted year-round. These are unpaid internships available for credit or not for credit. Hours are flexible based upon individual requirements. Parking is free. Minorities encouraged to apply. Click here to apply.

If you are one who enjoys educational history, then last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s show will be of interest to you. The guest was Dr. Valenda Littlefield who has worked with the history of a group of women who educated children in the Deep South for decades. These were known as the Jeanes teachers. They taught in mostly rural country schools and were known as Jeanes teachers. I have been interested in Jeanes teachers for many years, were pillars of the communities. Bernice’s show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm eastern time.

Well thanks for listening and taking time out to tune in to this week’s podcast! In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

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