This Week's Pod Cast


Hello everyone and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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A special hello to you from Nashville Tennessee! I am here in Tennessee attending the National AAHGS conference! This is the 34th annual conference of the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society conference. Coming here to Nashville is a special treat for me, because I have ancestors that came from this state—the Bass family. Actually two of my lines are from Middle Tennessee. So being here is quite special.

WE have speakers from all over the country from New York to the Carolinas, from Florida to Kansas and also from the far west! Authors, historicans and preservationists are here from everywhere, and it is a pleasure to be here.

I have to share with you a part of my day yesterday. I am still feeling it today, in fact—I had the wonderful opportunity to visit historic Wessyngton Plantation. This was an amazing experience. If you have had the chance to read the work by John Baker called The Washingtons of Wessyngton, you will then know that a large group of us visited this amazing historic estate. This is one of those places where you can feel the spirit of the ancestors as you approach it, and such was the experience there at Wessyngton.

If you have never had the experience of visiting an estate such as Wessyngton, I urge you to do so. I can only say that I “felt” the place before we arrived there. As the land changed, and I saw large sweeping meadows, I could only pause and let me imagination fill those meadows with people working the fields sunup, to sundown. The very vastness of the place was intriguing, and I could not help but think so much of the bodies that worked that estate continuously. I thought of the trek to the fields, and I experience the trek to the slave cemetery. The walk was not an easy walk, and again I felt for those who took their loved ones to be buried there. Such an amazing day and one which will continually make me aware of what our own ancestors endured.

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By the way, I did get a chance to visit the Tennessee State Archives on Wednesday. I was exploring chancery court records and was so excited to examine the abstracts. I found data that I had not seen before and have tons of material to blog about for many weeks!

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This is the last major genealogical event of the calendar year for many of us, and it might be one of the last events in other states as well. There have been a number of FHCs offering genealogy workshops nad I know that several are taking place in the Mid-Atlantic states. Plus many are off to SLC this week.

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A warm welcome and congratulations to some new AAHGS chapters that were announced yesterday at the conference. Minnesota, Charlestons SC, Montgomery County MD, and Delaware have all formed new chapters and have brought new members into the AAHGS community. Congratulations to the new chapters and to the new members.

Also a warm shout out to fellow bloggers, Renata Sanders, Toni Carrier, Nicka Sewell Smith, and others from the blogging community who are also in attendance.
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Well this is an abbreviated podcast this week, but I want to wish you all the best, for a wonderful week of research and please remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

3 Responses to “African Roots Podcast Episode #236 October 11, 2013”

  1. Dear Sistah,

    Enjoyed reading your info on the Conference there. I had plans to attend, but have performances booked each weekend this month. Would love to meet with you sometime or be a quest on your show, as I am researching that same area for my ancestors who came from that area as we, specifically, Paris, Tennessee.

    Looking forward to hear about what you found.

    Melissa Waddy
    Professional Historical Re-enactor/Lecturer/Author

  2. Loved your podcast episode #236 regarding AAHGS 34th National Conference in Nashville, TN. As recipient of the Elizabeth Clark-Lewis Award, I am very honored and elated. Ms. Clark-Lewis is a phenomenal women and one to follow. Her past work is great. Chromelight II plans to feature her in our next issue. Thanks for the work you do in our African American Historical and Genealogical world. Joyce D. Higgins

  3. […] on music city from October 10-13, 2013 the 34th AAHGS conference. pictured above: Toni Carrier, Angela Walton-Raji, me, and Taneya Koonce. photo credit: Taneya Koonce. last week, i had the honor of being one of […]

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