This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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Folks in greater Washington DC—the Fairfax county genealogy conference is coming up!

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013 ~ 2PM -8:15PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013 ~ 9AM-3:45PM

There are several interesting tracks from which one can select classes including an African American track
-Seeking Virginia Ancestors – Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg, PhD
-Immigration and Naturalization, Sharon Hodges
-Using Genealogical Evidence to Break Through Research Barriers – Tom Jones, Ph.D.,
-Starting Genealogy in the 21st Century – Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG
-Pennsylvania – Our Neighbor to the North – James M. Beidler
-Private Citizens, Public Lives: Individuals through the Eyes of the Law- Judy G. Russell, JD, CG?
-Not Your Mother’s Genealogy– DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson) and Carrie Keele
-Metes & Bounds of Land Plats – Gerald H. “Jerry” Smith, CG
-Introduction to Other “Neighbors” – Sharon Hodges & Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG
-African-American Research – Char McCargo Bah

-We were Always in the Court House: What You Can Find on African Americans in Court Records.
-Overcoming Ten Brick Wall Problems in Searching For your African American Ancestors.
I Found the Slave owner – Now What Do I Do?
Searching for 19th and 20th Century African American School Records.

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From the world of science–archeaology and DNA:
Graveyard DNA rewrites African American history Apparently, scientists now believe that two of Christopher Columbus’s shipmates were the first Africans to set foot in the New World, a study has found. (Follow link to read more!)

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Well I hope you got a chance to listen to Bernice Bennetts show last night! It was part 2 of a series on the Jeanes Teachers who were part of an incredible team of teachers that supported the historic Rosenwald schools and who made an incredible impact on rural communities. There is an amazingly rich history—and if you did not hear it—I will actually suggest that you download the archived version—and I also suggest that you listen to last week’s broadcast which was the first in this 2 part series!! A wonderful chapter in history and community history. Her show airs every Thurisday evening at 9 pm EST, and is immediately archived afterwards on Blog Talk Radio

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Ok—how many of you got a chance to watch the live video streams from Roots Tech last week? Most of us did not get to go and become a part of the 6700 plus people in attendance. However many of the video streams were there. Check out the live video streams here.

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OK—some good news—there is a new opportunity to attend MAAGI—the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute in St. Louis in July. A new scholarship has been announced—

Evolution Consulting Group Scholarship Award – Midwest African-American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI)
Evolution Consulting Group (ECG) offers a scholarship to be awarded to an individual who submits a paper based a “genealogy brick wall” they are experiencing and why they want to attend the MAAGI. The paper should be at least 1,000 words written in WORD. The award carries a $300 value applicable towards the “registration” to attend the “Beginning Methods and Strategies” Track at the MAAGI, July 9-11 in St. Louis, MO, at the campus of Harris Stowe State University. The winner will be acknowledged at the opening session.Papers are accepted via email until May 30, 2013, at 5pm. For any questions or submit email to: In the subject line, please put “MAAGI-Brick Wall”. will also offer a scholarship for MAAGI and an announcement is expected early next week.

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“Journey through Generations” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

March 8, 2013 – Austin, TX. 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)

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If you have an interest in teaching genealogy to children, you must read Bernice Bennett’s piece shared on Facebook. She had a conversation with 3 young girls, ages 6,7, & 8. And she asked them the simple questoin–How are we related? It was beautiful to read their responses, and to see how much they enjoyed the dialogue. Consider following her on Facebook if you don’t already and read it—what a delightful story!

Well, thanks again for your taking time out of your day to tune in to the podcast. I always appreciate your being there and I love hearing from you!

In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

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