This Week's Pod Cast


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Well a Happy Juneteenth weekend to you!

This is the 149th Anniversary of the day that General Granger sailed into Galveston Harbor informing those still enslaved that the slaves were freed at last! Major events have been unfolding throughout the country since last weekend, and I hope you have been able to take advantage of them.


Press Release from Family Search 

Family Search Offers More Freedman’s Bureau Records!

Great news came out on Wednesday of this week! Family Search has announced that there is a brand new set of recently digitized Freedman’s Bureau Records for researchers!!

The new states included are:  Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland. This brings their total number of states now digitized to seven, and there are now hundreds of thousands of pages to study and to index!

This release comes in honor of Juneteeth, which is the celebration of Freedom that originated in June 1865, when General Granger sailed into Galveston Harbor and notified those still enslaved that freedom had come!


New African American Funeral Program Collection Online

Enoch Pratt Library has just announced that they have added a special collection of African American Funeral Programs to their digital holdings. Enoch Pratt Free Library is the public library for Baltimore, Maryland, and this collection consists of close to 2000 funeral programs, of mostly African Americans from Maryland. There are also some persons of national reputation also included in the collection. Each page of the funeral programs are digitized and can be viewed online.

To view entire program, click HERE 


Best wishes to our friends in Kentucky! They are having a special Roots picnic and a get to know you gathering, on this Juneteenth weekend! They already has a special Juneteenth event honoring the event last weekend at the African Cemetery in Lexington Kentucky! I have been following them for some time, and I think know that there is a good amount of Civil War activity in various parts of Kentucky.

And a shout out to my own local friends here in Maryland of the Agnes Callum AAHGS Chapter as they are having a special 25th anniversary banquet this weekend.


Listen to Podcast HERE!

 I mentioned 2 weeks ago when I was at the SCGS Jamboree, that I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Genealogy Guys—-George Morgan and Drew Smith. Well I am excited to tell you that the podcast was uploaded this week from that interview!!

I was thrilled and honored to be interviewed by these two and it was so much fun!!  They are the pioneers in genealogy podcasting, and what a treat to be guest on the very show that inspired me to host this podcast!

Thanks George and Drew!



Speaking of podcasts, if you missed Bernice Bennett’s show last night, then tune in to hear her show as a podcast, as her guest was Craig Steven Wilder, author of Ebony and Ivy!

What an eye opener—this book addresses the little known segment in history of how the Ivy league institutions–each and every one has a hidden legacy of slavery. On some campuses there were more slaves than students—all labor in the late 1700s and early 1800s was complete by enslaved men and women. If repairs were needed to facilities—to raise money—a slave was sold to pay for it. The story discussed was a fascinating one, and truly enlightening. You will want to purchase a copy of Dr. Wilder’s book after hearing the show. Remember that Ms. Bennett’s show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm EST.

Only two more weeks to get in your proposal for the 2015 Roots Tech event in Salt Lake City Utah in  February 2015.


Legacy Family Tree Webinar

Tune into to my webinar next Wednesday June 2th dicussing Native American Genealogy Research.


Well winding down on this Juneteenth weekend hoping that you will take some time to reflect and remember what Juneteenth is about, remember those who went through so much during the years of enslavement and also to appreciate the fact that not only did freedom come—but to commit to finding and telling your family’s freedom story.

 Thank you for listening and taking time from your own schedule–you have tons of choices—I appreciate you and love hearing from you.

Remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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