African Roots Podcast Episode #249 January 10, 2014

This Week's Pod Cast


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Tomorrow an interesting program is going to take place in Florida: The program is called “Save Our African American Treasures” and it will occur in Ft. Lauderdale Florida this weekend. It’s a two-day event. It occurs on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday January 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The site will be at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd in Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. The program is free and open to the public. It really sounds like a great way to get your precious photos, papers, old quilts, uniforms, and other precious items evaluated. And the best thing is that you will get advice on how to preserve them.
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Well mid-January quickly approaches which means the national celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. There are events all over the country too many to mention, but I was impressed to see one that was shared coming out of Portland Oregon. Portland’s annual tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is apparently recognized regionally and nationally as one of the finest community-based celebrations in the nation. While the celebration honors Dr. King, it also honors those unknown or rather lesser known people from ordinary life, who have made a difference, as well. And what finer tribute when you think about it, as Dr. King worked for justice for all, including the common man and woman. I understand that the city’s events are also live-streamed while they take place as well. Quite an impressive event, indeed.

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Congratulations to friends in Kentucky!! They are celebrating their third anniversary!! That’s right, the African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky (AAGGKY) has been around now for three years, and they are having a special anniversary gathering, on January 18, 2014, from 1:00p – 4:00pm at the Boyle County Public Library, 307 West Broadway Danville, Kentucky! The newly formed Danville African-American Historical Society will be on hand as special guests! This celebration is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Note that The AAGGKY meets monthly on Third Saturdays. They meet at easily accessible places usually in Central Kentucky and urge you to join them!

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Coming up in February–on February 8, 2014, The Birmingham African American Genealogy Group will have our “Black Heritage Genealogy Fair” at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library and it is Open to the Public from 10;00 am – 4:00 pm. One of our presenters will speak on the Underground Railroad and and also speak about the signs on her Quilt.

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February 22, in ST. Louis Missouri, the St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society will hold its 5th Annual Conference! I have had the honor of attending this event and I have been so impressed with the people there and what they are doing. Their speakers this year are Drusilla Pair, Linda Buggs-Simms, Konnetta Alexander and Dr. Edward F. Bailey Jr. So if you are within driving distance of St. Louis, do join them!

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Saturday, February 22, 10:00-noon, there will be a seminar to Commemorate Black History Month in the Washington DC area at the LDS Family History Center./a> The presenters will be members of the African-American Focus Group, that meets there every Monday. Now this event is being held in conjunction with the Temple Visitors’ Center commemoration of Black History Month. Note that the topics are inclusive and pertinent to all researchers:

Session 1: “I’m Not Who I Think I Am!” – How DNA testing has changed my research strategies and my understanding of my heritage.
Session 2: “Sharing My History” – Presentations on how to share what we learn in our research.
Session 3: “Gathering My History” – Research tips
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There is a wonderful article on the CreoleGen website about some very useful resources for researching people of color in Louisiana. Among the collections are: St. Rosalie Plantation Papers and the Meullion Papers which are identified in their finding aids as being created by or focusing on persons of color. some legal and business papers spanning seventy years related to the family of Jean-Baptiste Meullion of St. Landry Parish, the Judge Minor Wisdom Collection and the large Rosemond and Emile Kuntz Collection and so much more! The article was written by Jari C. Honora of New Orleans. Well worth reading. Click HERE.

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March 8 9-5 in Kansas City Missouri, at the Midwest Genealogy Center, there will be an all day workshop. Two special speakers Lisa Louise Cooke, and Kathleen Brandt will speak at the event. The event is called Genie Tech 2014 and both will speak about various aspects of technology that can assist you with your genealogy research.

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Well time to wind down for another week, thank you all for listening. Keep warm during this frigid winter and in the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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