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Ohio Conference Unfolds

A warm shout out to those who are in attendance at the Ohio Genealogical Society annual conference. Looks like it is a fantastic event and if you are in Ohio, I hope that you can make it to their annual conference.


Well the season has begun, as far as conferences have begun. The conferences nationwide have begun. The greater Washington DC annual Family History Conference will take place in Montgomery MD. Next week the NGS conference will unfold there next Saturday, and the AfriGeneas Meetup will take place in Richmond. In June, comes the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank California. After that will come Samford, Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, and in Texas will be the FGS Conference. In between other events in Texas, Oklahoma, and other parts of the south will be Juneteenth celebrations. I know that in Maryland, the Prince George’s county has a Juneteenth even every year, so the summer genealogy season approaches. 

New Digitized Items for African American Genealogy


Well those who research Elbert County Georgia here is some interesting information.
Slave Records from 1819-1858. This is a digitization of a ledger. This is on Family Search and how great this information is! Much of the information goes back to the 1700s! This is rare, and exciting to see! Information on slaves born in other states, and information on when they came into the state of Georgia! Truly amazing information, take a look!


Another Georgia resource! Free People of color in Georgia had to register and what remains is that there is a register of Savannah Free People of Color. Free people had to register and also to obtain badges, which is interesting. In addition slave holders had to register their slaves as well. This is recently digitized on Ancestry, so take a look!


Texas Researchers Note!
I was happy to learn that the Texas Freedman’s Bureau records have been digitized! This is a small collection but still worth examining if you are a Texas researcher, or have ancestors who lived near Texas before and after the Civil War.


How often do you find yourself involved in dialogue with other genealogists about not only history, but also culture and identity. Many African Americans have this discussion quite frequently. Well last night on Bernice Bennett’s show,  Research at the National Archives and Beyond, her guest was doctoral student Sarah Abel who is researching the impact of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade from the perspective of archaeology and genetics. Interesting discussion and this is an area that is much needed. The dialogue was an interesting one, because these are often those side topics that occur within the African ancestored community. Her guest spoke about studies from Brazil to Ghana, to Senegal and also other countries in the Americas. If you missed it, tune in the archived version of her show. The live broadcasts occur every Thursday evening at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio.


This is a good time to examine some of those older databases that you may not have examined in a while. I mentioned the Georgia “List of Negroes” well don’t forget the British Loyalists whose names were included in the “Book of Negroes”. This has good information and you may have some surnames that are new in your own research that might ring a bell if you examine this collection again.


I use a collection quite often from Oklahoma–which is part of the Western History Collection. I refer to the Indian Pioneer papers, and  you can type in the word slave, you will get a lot of hits. Type in slavery as a search word, and you get even more. We have to learn how to use databases wisely. Included, we have to use the terms that describe people of color Black, Negro, Colored, Ethiopian, and more. We have to revisit those common sites, but also to just browse for those new collections.

Another site I use often is the Internet Archive. I use it often for multiple states of the Freedman’s Bureau that are digitized.

And here is good news!! The North Carolina Freedman’s Bureau are now on Family Search! Virginia has been there for some time and at long last North Carolina is now up! This is fabulous news for researchers from that state!! And this contains some hospitals and Freedman Camps and more! So take a look—whether or not this is your state! Great data is now there and only a click away!

So we have lots of documents to explore and lots of events to attend. Thanks for listening and tuning in, and I hope to see many of you on the road quite soon.  In the meantime have a great week—and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.  

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