This Week's Pod Cast


Well, welcome to the 250th consecutive broadcast of the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at

Well you heard it everyone—-yes, this is the 250th consecutive broadcast of this podcast! I can’t believe it myself! What an amazing ride I have had and I have truly appreciated being able to come to you each week share some news from the African American Genealogy Community. It has been an honor and a pleasure to do so!

For all of you in the greater Washington DC area, you may want to make your way to the  The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. the Prince George’s County Chapter (AAHGS-PGCM) will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Saturday, January 18, 2014, from 1:30- 3:00 p.m., at the Seabrook Recreation Building, 9443 Worrell Ave, Lanham-Seabrook, MD 20706. Topic of Discussion: African American Newspapers Archives. Their guest speaker will be Ms. Ja-Zette Marshburn, MLS, a graduate of the University of Maryland, who specializes in Archives, Records, and Information Management. Ms. Marshburn serves as Director of the AFRO-American Newspaper, Archives and Research Center.

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The Central MD chapter of AAHGS extends New Year greetings to everyone and invite people to attend the third in a series on techniques for tackling some of those stubborn brick walls. Their next regular meeting is scheduled for Jan. 25th at 1:00 PM which is next week. I like what they have done, as they chose 3 of 8 brick wall problems to study at this upcoming meeting. Their selections were based primarily on cases where the research question was fairly specific, the brick wall was well documented and organized, the case has potential broad application to other similar problems. They are not guaranteeing success, but they do promise that at the meeting everyone will learn some techniques that may not have been previously known by everyone before, to resolve questions.

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I also want to mention that the genealogy community has lost a member of the family. This was unexpected and came as a total surprise when we lost Laura T. Lanier, of Highland Falls NY. Many of us know her by her screen name and handle Seventies Soulchile. She died unexpectedly this week and many of us are still trying to get over the shock of losing someone who has been a regular contributor to the AfriGeneas community and to the larger African American genealogy community as well. Many of us know her by her wit and her humor, and her devotion to researching her Mississippi lines, and her Alabama lines and so much more. Some had the chance to meet her in real time when she came to Washington DC to conduct some research. This is a person who gave and shared information freely. At the same time, she had a family life, was devoted to her sons, and put so much energy into raising them. Her life centered around her twin boys and we can only imagine the impact of her sudden death, and the prospect of having to face their future without their mother who loved them so much. We are happy however that we all met her, that we got to know her and that a piece of her life was shared with us. The genealogy community will feel her absence, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Farewell Soulchild, we shall embrace our warm memories of you. (For those who wish to attend the services are next Thursday January 23, at St. John AME Zion Church at 12 pm in Highland Falls, NY).

Rest in peace Laura T. Lanier

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From Seneca South Carolina, at the Lunney House Museum, an interesting exhibit will be unfolding in February. A special photographic exhibition by Bob Kiss and Terry James honoring Black History Month. The exhibition is called “The Spirit of Place” and it will look at traditions of home in Barbados and South Carolina. The exhibition will run from February 7 – February 28th at the Lunney House in Seneca SC.

Spirit of Place Flyer

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Allen County Public Library (Ft. Wayne Indiana) has a very useful webpage with data compiled links that are useful for African American genealogy. In addition the same page has an extensive bibliography with dozens of book titles and published articles and journals that you may not be familiar with. This was compiled actually by the Friends of Allen County.

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I was directed to a website that I have not seen before called the Texas Slavery Project. The site looks interesting as it focuses on the population that poured into what is now Texas between 1836 – 1845. A database was made based on the population from 1837-1845. There are interactive maps searchable by county and by number of slaves and slaveholders. Also I was surprised to see that there were so few slaves in the state—considering that Texas is considered part of the Confederate south. Not one county during those years had over 1500 slaves. Now of course remember that those numbers went up substantially by the 1860s, but even so, I expected to see higher numbers. This might reflect other challenges that Texas researchers might have. This is a well constructed website indeed, and you are urged to explore it.
Texas Slavery Project


I want to direct your attention to the an international genealogy project. I found it by following a link left by Yvette Porter Moore. She is participating in this collaborative project and I clicked on the link she shared on Facebook. Now Yvette is already known in the genealogical community anyway, but she has joined this project and I think it is great.  Now I should note that I am making a special effort each week to highlight a blog or website that has caught my attention–I direct you to Worldwide Genealogy a Genealogical Collaboration. This is fabulous because the site founded by Julie Goucher in the UK,  is reaching out to the world, and the world is reaching back to her! She is allowing the world to promote their own genealogical endeavors on that one blog, and I love it! So far she has had bloggers from New England, to England, Scotland, Australia, the south, Pacific Northwest and more!  And the amazing thing is—she is updating this site everyday! I love it, and I think you will also. Explore the site, and join in the collaboration! This is a “Worldwide” Collaboration.  And I am happy to note that several African American genealogy bloggers are also participating in the effort. So find it by following the same route that took, by reading Yvette Porter Moore’s entry, then take a look around. We are all one large human family and what a great way to get to know other bloggers as well.

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Quick Notes:

Last night’s episode of Bernice’s Bennett’s show was a rebroadcast of an earlier show with  Claire Kluskins of the National Archives. That was an excellent show when it aired the first time and hearing it again I learned new things. The topic was how to use the amazing data from the Slave Ship Manifests! This is an under explored topic and if you have ancestors were in or near Savannah, Beaufort, Mobile, and New Orleans this will interest  you. Plus note—of the slaves transported, were from Virginia as well, so there could be some amazing data to be obtained. Though a rebroadcast, the dialogue in the chat room was excellent, and stimulating, as usual. Ms. Bennett’s show airs every Thursday evening on Blog Talk Radio at 9 pm. EST.

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Of  Historical Note: A church in Western Arkansas is celebrating 150 years this year. Quinn Chapel AME Church stands in the historic Belle Grove district of the city of Ft. Smith Arkansas a western frontier town. Established during the Civil War, this community of faith has been worshiping together for 150 years. They are now in the midst of a major fundraising, and are even appealing on social media who all who have an interest is historical preservation. For many years this was one of the western most AME churches, until the demomination began to move westward in the 1880s. I mention Quinn Chapel as it is in my hometown, and I am happy to see their presence online, and their efforts to share and to continue their rich history. If you are inclined to support Quinn Chapel in their efforts to renovate their structure during this Sesquicentennial year, please visit their site.

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Remember to check out the latest on the MAAGI website–registration has begun. Consider expanding your genealogy skills by attending this unique 3 day institute in the heart of American on the banks of the Mississippi River, in beautiful St. Louis. MAAGI is the only genealogical institute hosted on an HBCU, Harris-Stowe State University as well.

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I see that time has quickly passed, so I shall bring it to a close. Please note that I am thrilled to be here again for another week and honored that you have taken out time to listen from your busy day. And thank you for joining me for this 250th consecutive podcast. As winter is continues to blast its way through the northern hemisphere, I hope you are all staying warm and safe. Please have a good week and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.


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3 Responses to “African Roots Podcast Episode #250 January 17th 2014”

  1. Selma says:

    Congrats..great Poscast.

  2. Hi Angela,
    I finally had the time to get to your blog and podcast. Thank you so much for the shoutout. I so appreciate you! I love our Genealogy Blogging Community. Congrats on the 250 Podcast!! Wonderful…and I love the new look!

    Your friend


  3. I do hope you join us!!!

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