This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the 398th episode of the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at

I hope you are all doing well. Been busy and still adjustment to things happening in the political arena, but life goes on, and genealogy goes on as well.  And things are going on in the news, and I am going to share some interesting news items with you today. I find it important to put our family data in the right historical context. And I always talk about telling the story–well that is what I am trying to do with my current writing project.



Telling the Family Story for NANOWRIMO

The past two weeks have kept me busy as I have made the effort to tell the story of Amanda Young, and how she survived slavery, how freedom came to her and her family, and how she coped to change during the years that followed. I have been required to incorporate the stories of the people who surrounded my great great grandmother Amanda, and to tell it in a meaningful way. As genealogists, our story goes beyond the name of the ancestor. It extends to the people who knew them, as well. Our task is to widen the ancestral circle and I have been working hard to incorporate collateral ancestors as well as family associates into that narrative as well.



North Carolina World War I Service Cards Available
Great news for North Carolina researchers! The service cards from WWI veterans from North Carolina are now available on Family Search. These are files–we are referring to service cards. They can be searched by Name, Birthplace, Life event. Take a look at these records–there is so much that is revealed on those small cards.


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Rare Photo of Negro League Park Found at Missouri State Archives

This week it was shared that a long lost photo of a Negro Leagues Ball park. The St. Louis Stars played on the corner of Compton and Market Streets in downtown St. Louis. This is a landmark, long gone from St. Louis and this photo was stumbled upon accidentally. There is a lesson in that we need to think about the value of capturing photos of the places where we have lived. That should remind us to all consider the places where we grew up and the places that we live now. These places are quickly forgotten, so let’s take inspiration of the image from this old Negro-Leagues ball park. Take some time to photograph all of the churches, the schools the homes of the old community leaders. There is rich history that needs to be told!


Charlotte and the Twelve, A Steele Secrets Story,

Congratulations to Andi Cumbo Floyd who has written a new book as a sequel to Steel Secrets. This is a story who ends up exploring the story of a teacher and 12 students who were killed in a racially-related incident. Ms. Cumbo-Floyd is a friend to the genealogy community and the African American community, especially. Her first work “The Slaves Have Names” reflected her efforts to document the lives of the slaves who once lived on the estate where she lived! It is important to act upon those things, places, and names that we find and to tell the story. We can learn from what she is doing by telling the stories that reflect the places known to us. Her latest book can be obtain from Amazon.


Story of the 1st Black Daily Newspaper
Discussed by Author of Upcoming Book on Louis Charles Rabonez

Last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s show was amazing. Mark Charle Rabonez discovered some amazing papers after his own father died 11 years ago. He learned that he is a descendant of Creoles of Louisiana. Beyond that–he learned that his ancestor established America’s first black daily newspaper. The New Orleans Tribuns was created by his ancestors, and this was never mentioned in his family oral history. In fact, the history of the family from Louisiana was unknown–with the ties to the Creole community. But once these papers were found, he has embarked on an amazing journey to tell the story of his ancestor, and the story of the New Orleans Tribune. If you missed last night’s show, you can catch it on a podcast right on the site.


A Milestone Episode Approaches

By the way, this is the 398th consecutive podcast. In two weeks I will tape my 400th episode! I have done this every Friday for the past 7 years, so this is a major milestone. I may have a few changes in the format of the show and look forward to continue to share things with you. But you, the audience are so important to me, and I appreciate you for being there. Thank you for sharing your stories and for just being there.
Thanksgiving–a Time to Make Memories

Well—next week is a holiday–Thanksgiving! Time to talk to the elders, to tape their voices—and also to tape the voices of the children! Get some research done, and make some wonderful memories. We are all grateful for life and the challenges that life brings us. I hope that your Thanksgiving is one of joy and warm memories!

In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

One Response to “African Roots Podcast Episode #398 November 18, 2016”

  1. Great podcast. Congrats on your 400th podacst. Job well done. I can’t wait to learn more about Amanda and her life to freedom.The African American community has such a rich history of struggle and survival. That’s why we need to tell our stoy!

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