This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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Well, you have until next Wednesday August 14th to pre-register for the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. And if your pre-register, you get a lot of conference “extras.”
You will have access the conference syllabus online before the conference begins, and you have a chance to obtain tickets for the many luncheons that are available. But take note, some area already sold out. There is also the conference social on Wednesday evening, and an event at the Allen County Library and so much more! So take the time and pre-register now. Visit THIS LINK to register now.

Do you have ancestors who may have made it to Canada on the Underground Railroad? Or do you have ties to the Caribbean and have ancestors who migrated there? Well you will be happy to know that the 1921 Canada census is now online at Ancestry. Follow those Canadian ancestors and see who you may find. There were black families who were loyalists who settled in Nova Scotia, and others as we know lived for decades in Ontario, in towns such as Buxton. And some are not aware that families from the west migrated to British Columbia and other parts of western Canada as well, so check out Ancestry’s Canadian census soon.

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Congratulations to the descendants of the Adams family of Ohio. This year at their family reunion will an historical marker devoted to the remarkable history of their family, and their community. This is the story of Addison White and the community that intervened and refused to assist slave catchers. An historical marker will be dedicated and unveiled at their reunion later this month. Read more about the incidents HERE.

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We often only think that slavery occurred in the American south. Well, it was also practiced in the north, including New England. More information about slavery in New England is describe in a new book by Allegra di Bonaventura. It is called “For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England”

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I know that many of you are aware of the slave narratives, including the autobiographies written by those who were once enslaved. One might be familiar to you, called “12 Years a Slave” by Solomon Northrup. You can get in online and also in many printed editions as well. Well it has been pointed out that the story of Solomon Northrup has now been put on film. You may want to follow the story and find out when it will be released. It will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September of this year.

Well I shall be putting my energy into final preparation for FGS next week, and also some projects that emerged almost by accident, such as my study of Civil War Nurses. We have to be open to those unexpected paths that take us into new territory. My experience researching nurses was an unexpected one, which I described in one of my blogs. All of these journeys are important, because sometimes this is how we learn more of our ancestors, by studying the lives of those who lived nearby—they might not be related in a family sense, but the details of how they lived and worked, provide substance to our own families stories. We must simply be open to receive those insights and to embark upon those journeys.

Well, thanks again for tuning in this week. I appreciate you for taking your time to listen. In the meantime, be safe, and be well, and keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

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