This Week's Pod Cast


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Hello and a special greeting to those attending the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Manchester New Hampshire this weekend. Several bloggers I know are there, and it looks like it will be an interesting weekend.

Before starting it is important that we all take time to offer our prayers for everyone who has been affected by the terrible tragedies in Boston this past week. I lived in Boston for many years and it was often common for me to watch the marathon runners sometimes at the finish line and cheer them on. I am familiar with the place and found the events so terribly tragic. In addition let us also offer prayers for those in West, Texas who have also lost a lot this week with the explosion that has taken lives, homes and devastated that community. These are trying times, indeed.

Well back on the genealogy scene, if you have not noticed, there are some major changes at Family Search and you may want to take a a look. Now visitors to the site can build their own family trees, share family stories, photos and also receive live research assistance as well. Photos can be shared through social media, tagged and added to one’s tree. I understand that there is a invitational process for uploading photos which is created to avoid having the system being overloaded in some way. This kind of slows down the process so the system is not likely to crash. So, for those who put family trees online, this is a new option to try.

An interesting African American research project from Heirlines was shared with me this week. In early May as well as in November, there will be an effort to document early African American slavery history. One area of focus will be Ulster and Sullivan Counties in New York. In the 1800 census there were over 2000 enslaved people documented and the state of New York had just passed a law in 1799 to bring about the gradual emancipation of slaves giving them freedom once they reached the age of 25. To ensure that would work, it was required by law to create a register of slave births in every community. As a result Heirlines will be targeting these two areas to see if documents can be found. I am not certain which towns are part of these areas, but perhaps in the next few weeks more details will emerge.

One of my favorite genealogy websites Accessible Archives has a new feature–a Day Pass, allowing visitors to try out the site. This is a favorite site that I use for the early African American newspapers. But this site offers so much more. I think that many will find this a great and affordable way to try it out. Take a close look at their Day Pass offer, I think you will find the site to be easy to use and worth trying out.

Last night’s broadcast of the Bernice Bennett Show did not air as Blog Talk Radio has had some technical difficulties that have affected their entire radio platform. Hopefully their problems will be resolved in the next day or so. Her planned broadcast will occur this Monday evening and her guest will be Marvin T. Jones of the Chowan Discovery Group, who will talk about the tri-racial communities of the Winton triangle. And next week’s show will feature the director and the coordinators of MAAGI, the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute. This show will feature the coordinators of various tracks, some changes in the program and words also from the director of the Institute.

I hope you are all having success with your many projects underway. I have to mention the creativity of Drusilla Pair who has taken the concept of “thinking outside of the box” to a new level. Her “Hat History” programs are now well developed and she is a person in demand in her local area in Virginia. And now she is exploring the history of a local family, has researched it well using a diary that sparked her interest and is not taking her research to the stage. She is now using the spoken word as a format to tell the story! Great ideas are emerging from her work, and I think she has taken her skills as a genealogist to a new arena and will be able to inspire so many of us to do the same. Keep your eyes on her blog, Find Your Folks over the next few weeks to see what she will be sharing with us.

Well, time passes so quickly, I do thank you for tuning in yet again. I also wish that you will all be safe for these are trying times indeed and the news is changing at times by the minute. Be well and safe this coming week, and as always, keep sharing, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

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