This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
You can always reach me HERE.

Did you get a  chance to hear Bernice Bennett’s show last night? Last night two guests presented a wonderful dramatization of the escape of the Fields family from Hanover Virginia? It was amazing and the true story of a family from Hanover and their escape to freedom was shared with the listeners. This is a true story with many pieces of the story taken from an old family diary. The guests were Drusilla Pair and Ajena Rogers. This was a story that they both developed from original historical resources and I hope you listen to the archived version if you missed it last night. It was very well done! and quite moving. And remember you can always catch the show every week on Thursday evenings at 9pm, on Blog Talk Radio.

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University of Virginia: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
The Image That Changed the World

Today from 1:30 – 3 at the Meadows Presbyterian Church, a special presentation will be made by Dr. Michael Suarez about the image that changed the world. At least the image that made an imprint around the world. The image is called “Brookes” and you have seen it hundreds of times. It was the first time that the anti-slavery abolitionist community had an image to make an imprint on the horrors of slavery. You know the image—-the ship with bodies lying prone on different levels, lining up the hull of the ship with the human cargo being carried to the Americas. He will describe the use of the print and how it became a broadside used from London to the US, and widely distributed among abolitionists for decades. It is also the image that one sees today in HS and college texts. I never knew the ship from which the image was taken, nor its history. The lecture will discuss the impact of the visual and how image and text have a dramatic effect in terms of affecting a movement. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, at the University of Virginia.

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For Professional Genealogists–a Webinar

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“Targeting and Finding New Genealogy Clients”  This is hosted by the Professional Genealogist Podcast and for those of you who are searching for methods of gaining clients—tune in. To be discussed with be methods for new and for seasoned genealogists. Marian Pierre-Louis will be the presenter and she will present two case studies – one on an ethnic genealogy niche and the other a geographic based niche. 

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By the way, the new AAHGS Chapter in Delaware is inviting members to their upcoming meeting next week in Wilmington Delaware. More information can be found here.
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Fairfax County Genealogy Society Conference

Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference Sessions begin Friday, March 28, 2014, 2:00 pm Sessions end Saturday, March 29, 2014, 3:45 pm Fairfax Marriott 11787 Lee Jackson Highway Fairfax, Virginia 22033   Early bird registration ends March 16th.   Leslie Anders will be presenting 4 sessions in Track 6- African-American Research on Saturday, March 29th. Information about the sessions appears HERE.

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Tomorrow in Baltimore


Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, is in Baltimore to show those in attendance how to identify and discover stories behind old old family photographs. Ms. Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on photograph identification and genealogy, and she will be bringing together her knowledge and skills in history and research into family stories while giving insight into the invention and development of photography itself. She has been featured in the national and international press, including Wall Street Journal, The View, The Today Show, and more.

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A Publishing Bootcamp Webinar!

Do you have a story to tell and want to turn it into a book project? Well there is a webinar next week, who want to learn about the various options on how to write and publish the story. Thomas Macentee and Tina Sansone are the presenters and I think you will find them to cover all aspects of publishing and self publishing in particular. So follow the links and consider catching them.

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 An Underground Railroad Workshop
Please join us for : Preserving Underground Railroad Stories, Sites & Structures. Saturday April 12 2014, 1-4pm  Indiana History Center  Indianapolis
Event is free and open to the public, seating is limited RSVP at  or 317 234-1268

Presenters include:
Cheryl Janifer LaRoche PhD -“Free African American Communities and the Underground Railroad” She is the author of “The Geography of Resistance”
Deanda Johnson PhD- “Getting to Know the Network to Freedom and Researching the Underground Railroad” This should be an interesting presentation.
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Macon and Eaton Bible Records 
Collection is called Macon and Eaton Family Bible Records 1743 -1837
This is exciting because embedded in those records are some rare slave births as well. I have a link for you to the site, so if this interests you and if you have Halifax and Warren county ties, by all means investigate this collection!
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Chancery Court Records from King William County VA are now digitized. This is an ongoing project from the Library of Virginia but those with ties to King William County are encouraged to study these records. The are between 1868 –1913. The contain some African American records and also some Native American data from Mattaponi, and Pamunkey Indians from Tidewater Virginia. Chancer Court records are fascinating and worth exploring.

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Well thanks again for listening this week!! Have a great week of research and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.


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