This Week's Pod Cast


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A special shout out to folks attending the Genealogical Fair in Faixfax Virginia this weekend. Today and Tomorrow great workshops are taking place at the Marriott over on Lee Jackson Highway in Fairfax. Click HERE or more information. I hope that many in the Washington area will have a chance to get there.

Later this month in Philadelphia:
The African American Genealogy Group of Philadelphia will be hosting an all day genealogy event on April 27th at the Family History Center in Philadelphia. Several genealogists and field specialists including Char McCargo Bah, Fallon Nicole Green, Shamele Jordon, David Lynch, Reginald Washington and others will be presenting. I also have the honor of speaking at that event as well. See link for more information.

From Franklin County Ohio:
The Franklin Co., OH Genealogy Society has a very active African American Special Interest Group that would be of great help to you in planning your research trip to Columbus, Ohio. Here is a link to their page on the Franklin Co., Genealogy Society’s website.

A New Database From San Antonio Texas
The San Antonio Public Library has announced that they are now presenting its collection of African American funeral programs. The collection consists of over 1,000 programs that date from 1935 to present day and depicts the African American community in Bexar County. I have looked at this collection and it is impressive!! Thumbnail images appear on the site, and you only have to click it and they quickly open for you to view. These are so important because for many, it is the only paragraph ever written about them, and it occurred at their death. So important and such an amazing tool for researchers to be able to access.

USCTI at Hartwick Issues National Call for Nominations of Buffalo Soldiers’ Families
The United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research (USCTI) at Hartwick College has issued a call for communities nationwide to identify extended families of the famed “Buffalo Soldiers,” a collective name for the four African American regiments of the U.S. Army, e.g., Ninth and Tenth Cavalries and the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Infantries, who were organized after the Civil War and remained in service to World War II.

This conference will honor the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death and the centennial of the Tenth Cavalry of the United States Army’s 653-mile march from Fort Ethan Allen, VT to Winchester, VA from June 1-15, 1913. There is an interesting story told about the march. Apparently on their way to Virginia, the 10th Cavalry stopped in Oneonta NY. Now this was 1913 and they had made a name for themselves as heroes of the Western Frontier and later in Cuba in the Spanish American War. On the March to Virginia, they camped in Oneonta. Local people from all of the farms came to see them at their encampment–more than 3000 from nearby farms came to get a glimpse of these black men. 2013 marks the 100th year of that march as well. So the event at Hartwick College will honor descendants of the Buffalo Soliers as well ascentennial of Harriet Tubman’s passing. The event will combine both events and make it a dual celebration. As said on their website: “the Oneonta Herald reported that 732 enlisted and 32 commissioned officers were greeted by more than 3,000 spectators from the rural area without a single incident of prejudice displayed.” More information here.

Take some time out to listen to last night’s episode of the Bernice Bennett Show. Research at the National Archives & Beyond.. Her guest was J. Mark Lowe who is a research treasure. He spoke about Dower Slaves and about Labor Crews and bout so much more! He had the audience mesmerized and he began to speak about not just under-used record, but records previously not hear of and quite unfamiliar to most researchers of African Ancestored people. The response from the live audience was also good and he was simply inspiring. He left us with the reason why we must take what we do so seriously. We have no greater task than to continue what we to, to tell the story, to teach others and to let the stories stay alive.
A moving show, indeed. Don’t forget, her show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm EST.

Remember, there is still time to register also from MAAGI. Time also to start teaching, writing, blogging, and guiding others. Register for the Professional genealogy track at MAAGI.

Well, thanks for listening and keep letting me hear from you! Have a wonderful week and keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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