This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at

Now that the last day of February is here, I hope you have managed to stay warm. I am looking forward to March arriving and hopefully for hints of spring to start to emerge soon. 




Marriage Records from Ghana available on Family Search

Marriages from GHANA

 This is a great collection of records that have now been digitized on Family Search and thanks to the work of Dr. Osei-Ageyman Bonsu who is active in the LDS and actively having wonderful records digitized from Ghana West Africa. What is great about this collection is that this goes back into the colonial era when Ghana was still Gold Coast. I was not sure if the local people were included or if this was only going to be records made of the colonial population. But I examined this collection and was delighted to see the Ghanaian people reflected in these records. And I even had a special delight when I found a record that pertained to some close friends of my husband. It was the marriage record of the parents of one of our friends, so that was indeed a surprise to find! So, if you have friends from Ghana–and chance could be that you do, they may want to be aware that records from Ghana are now appearing online at Family Search.

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From the West Indies, Carribbean Newspapers Available.

For those who study 18th and 19th century West Indian history, it is good news to learn about a collection of early Caribbean news papers coming through the efforts of the American Antiquarian society. As stated on their website “Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876—the largest online collection of 18th- and 19th-century newspapers published in this region—will provide a comprehensive primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within this important group of islands.” This is exciting as it will open up new resources for people who have interest in the history of the many people who landed on the islands.  




Hope you were able to catch last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s show, which was a re-broadcast, of the interview last year with researcher Selma Stewart of Tidewater Virginia! This was a good show with a great discussion about this much under-used record set known as the Freedman’s Bureau. This record set can never receive enough attention, and although it is not a record set for beginners, it will at some point become a critical record set to examine when it is time to tell the story of those days which were hard days, right after freedom.

Also note–there will be a special LIVE broadcast on Bernice’s show, featuring Karen Sutton, B.A., M.A. who will talk about her extensive Funeral program collecction and how she not only collects them, but also how she uses them as well. This special broadcast will take place on Friday evening at 9pm EST on Blog Talk Radio.

Special Broadcast Airs Monday Evening at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio


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Artificial Brick Wall 

Brick Wall—the word of the month these days. I urge you to look at a wonderful article shared by Robyn Smith about “Artificial Brick Walls”  in African American research. Robyn has thoroughly outlined some amazing barriers that are sometimes self-imposed that address some of the reasons that we don’t get too far in our research. Take a look at this outstanding article on the link above.

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Slavery Studies – Immerse Yourself


Link to Article byRobyn Smith

Do you stop at slavery because it is too painful a period to research? Do you really understand the complexities of this peculiar American institution, and have you made the effort to explore what your ancestors went through in full detail. No it is not a warm fuzzy story. No story of oppression is, but to be better researchers, we should indeed study what happened and learn from the scholars and historians who have written and explored this period. The works of John Hope Franklin, Ira Berlin, Herbert Gutman are a good beginning.

Well, Robyn Smith put together an excellent list of works with which you should be come familiar. Her piece Studying Slavery is an excellent piece that should be read by many.

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Young People Introduced to Genealogy in Texas

Here is an event that is over. I missed it entirely. But I am posting it here, because it looks like it was a great way to introduce genealogy to the younger generation!! This took place in Ft. Worth Texas and it addressed young people and suggested using Social media to find their past!

This comes out of the Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society in Ft. Worth Texas. I saw their event after I had taped the podcast and I decided to find out how it went. I heard from Brenda Sanders-Wise who informed me that the event was quite successful! Quite a few photos were taken and the the young people in attendance were totally engaged because it wasn’t all genealogy.  They infused some math problems as it dealt with birth and deaths, etc.trivia questions, and they also awarded the young person who had the correct answers. They were also able to stir their interest by stating that we had an app for that area of research that interested them through the use of of their phone Ipad, social media, etc, gave them a family tree chart to fill in the blank during the workshop. It sounds like a great event, and I shall be interested in learning more about he activities of this society as they have some great ideas, so hats off to them for a wonderful event!

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Well time to wind things down for another week! Stay warm as ice storms are approaching this weekend. Thank you also for taking time to listen. In the meantime, please remember to keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!


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