African Roots Podcast Episode #235 October 4, 2013

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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Well it’s one week away folks—that’s right the 34th annual AAHGS conference!! I am looking forward to seeing everyone there and meeting some new friends. This is the 34th annual conference and it looks quite interesting! Also this will be the opportunity to explore the archives and hopefully go a little bit deeper in to the family history as well! Should be loads of fun!

Also of course the chance to go the Tennessee state archives is a special treat and will hopefully open a new chapter as well.

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Well—we are in the middle of a major government shutdown. Crazy times–so many government sites that we as genealogists use are also down. That means that, the Library of Congress website is down. Civil War research is impacted, since the National Park Service Civil War database is down, and for Land records—-the Bureau of Land Management site is down, and a favorite site—Chronicling America, the site where thousands of newspapers can be accessed–it too is down. Well what can we do? Well if nothing else–blog about it—tell the story of how it has impacted you and your work. Tell the story, if nothing else.

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Some events are going on around the country–many of the Family History centers are also hosting events either this weekend or next. This is kind of the last hurrah before winding down events for the year. Check you local family history center to see if there is a presentation about to unfold in your area.

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I hope you got to listen to Bernice Bennett’s show last night! It was quite good–the descendants of Guy and Sarah Drock–two enslaved people from New England were on along with a descendant of the slave holder as well. The story was made intersting as the two slave descendants are also white–and did not know for many years of their having had an African ancestor. Quite interesting indeed! Bernice’s show airs every week on Blog Talk Radio.

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I have been participating in a great writing venture called The Book of Me. This project encourages writers to tell their own personal story—to leave that legacy for the next generation. Well today I had the chance to also visit a Google + Hangout–a live interactive online chat about the Book of Me Project. This was a great way to not only meet people but to interact with others who share a common interest. This can be a great teaching tool in addition to a way to meet other writers.

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Well, winding down and getting ready to depart for Tennessee. I thank you all for listening and hope to see some of you in Nashville. Have a good week and remember to keep research, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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