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African Roots Podcast Episode #294 November 21, 2014

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Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at AfricanRootsPodcast@gmail.com

Hello everyone—wow in less than a week Thanksgiving will be here! I hope that you will have a safe and wonderful holiday with family and friends. But first let’s remember the people in Buffalo who have had an incredible storm and there have already been roof collapses and more is coming their way. Their safety should be among our many prayers for this time.

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And we are in a holiday mode and a time to wind down our activities in the genealogy community. Though some holiday parties are planned, many events are slowing down for the next two to three events. But this is good time to slow down, review our work, look at the many things that we treasure as researchers. Time to preserve what we have. This is a good time to digitize old  photos and back up paper copies that we have. Plus maybe it is also time to declutter and downsize all of the paper that we have collected over the years.

But while events have ended, the online world is quite busy. Next week there is a free webinar offered by Lisa Alzo. She and Thomas Macentee have been pooling their talents in recent months and I think you may want to explore their boot camps. This one is free and will occur on November 29th, which is next Saturday. Time to sharpen our skills since we will be closer to home over the next few months. Also if you are wondering what other webinars are being offered, then take a look at GeneaWebinars to see what is occurring.

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This is a great time to catch up on your reading. Many books are available online and so many are free! Sample titles, “Colonial Records of Virginia” for those of you with colonial ancestors. Do you have Homesteaders in the family? The book “Homestead, A Family History” might interest you. It is about a family and is a family history, and though your family is not reflected it provides a glimpse of what life was like for homesteaders carving out a new life on new land. Need a useful guidebook for genealogy, then the book “Introduction to Family History. A Student Manual,” is available for free and might interest you. “Pioneers of the Old South”. This provides a chance to learn about some of the old land owning families that might be useful. Have an interest in Native American history? “History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan” and again this title is free. There are many titles that are useful at the link that I am providing. Take a look and download some of these titles. Remember that genealogy cannot be practiced in a vacuum, and crosses many disciplines.

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Interested in Volunteering? Genealogy Trails is looking for volunteers. I hope that you will revisit USGenweb, Find a Grave, and please don’t forget the Indexing project for the Freedmans’ Bureau, Record Group 105.  Many things occur when the community gets together to put data out there for the larger community.

As you become involved in volunteering, sometimes you develop a strong interest in a special area. I heard from a gentleman in Oregon who has been studying Arkansas Union soldiers. He was unaware of Black Union soldiers and he began to research the topic. He landed on one of my websites and he and I have been exchanging data in the past few days. I know that friends in St. Louis have been studying the history of soldiers of the 56th US Colored Troops, who were buried in a mass grave. They have in the past 2 years honored the soldiers in a moving ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and have had a plaque installed with the names of the soldiers. From that has grown an admirable interest in getting more information about the unit. The point is that you are encouraged to explore the topic or special area that interests you and I hope that you develop a website or blog so that others can learn from what you have learned as well.

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FGSRootsTechJOINT Conferences

Next year—Roots Tech and the Federation of Genealogical Societies will be hosting a joint event in Salt Lake City Utah. This promises to be the largest genealogy conference in history and this looks like it will be fantastic. And if you can’t travel, plan to catch those live video streams. And Missouri friends are planning for the NGS conference in St. Charles coming up in May. So plan for next year

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Bernice Bennett’s Show 

Don’t forget to tune in to last night’s episode of Research At The National Archives and Beyond. Ms. Bennet’s guest was Dr. Sam Lemon who discussed his family history and his historical novel, “Go Stand Upon the Rock” which chronicles his family history and their escape to freedom from Virginia. You can always catch Bernice Bennett’s show every Thursday evening at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio.

 

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I know that Thanksgiving is next week and I want to thank you all for taking time from your very busy schedule to spend some time, with me. Make some memories and have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving, and please remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

 

African Roots Podcast Episode #293 November 14, 2014

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at AfricanRootsPodcast@gmail.com.

Well fall has really settled in and in fact many of the leaves have already falled from the trees, and I understand that a few places even got snow yesterday. I do hope that you are staying safe and warm, and are getting ready to settle in for the winter.

 

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 Just a warm shout out to those who attended the fundraising event this week in Chicago. This event was sponsored by the Center for Black Genealogy.  I look forward to hearing more about this group and the what might be unfolding through their efforts. Such as center is needed, and a forum, place, facility for African American genealogy is a great idea, so as their effort develop, I hope that we can all be supporters of such an organization. I hope it was successful!

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Friends of Haven of Rest

Cemetery Preservation Work Continues
This year I have been following the work by groups restoring and preserving African  American burial grounds. I still hear from friends in Little Rock Arkansas who are working digligently to preserve historic Haven of Rest Cemetery in Little Rock. I have ancestors buried there and hope that they will continue their work. But this is a sample of work being done in multiple cities throughout the country. I know that Zion Cemetery in Memphis has been the effort of cemetery preservation work, and also Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Baltimore is another one. These burial grounds should be considered sacred places and if you can assist, please do. As winter approaches I know that the best opportunity arises to conduct some preservation work. And right after the first killing frost, the burial ground is safer–as ticks, and snakes especially will no longer be a threat, so lots of work to clear excess brush can unfold. So support your own local group where you can, for these places are indeed sacred ground and it is our obligation to see that the remains of our ancestors are properly protected.

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Google + Hangout Unfolds

For the second time African American Genealogists were able to join the fun in a Google Hangout and exchange thoughts and ideas with each other. Nicka Smith developed the idea and this week’s discussion was Finding Offline Resources for African American Genealogy. The discussion was a healthy one on how essential courthouses and vital records offices, and university collections and archival holdings are for research. We are all creatures of habit and use the online databases like Family Search and Ancestry, and there is a concern that beginners will think that everything is online. So far–that is not the case, and it is really critical that those facilities are still considered “must visit” repositories in our genealogical documentation process. Hopefully more Google + Hangouts will be scheduled over the next several weeks.

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An interview with author of Back There, Then

I encourage you all to tune in if you missed last night’s guest on Bernice Bennett’s show, who was Linda Crichlow White who published the memoir of  her mother Marietta Stevens Crichlow. The book came from having discovered a manuscript that Marietta, her mother had written about her own life. The manuscript was found long with hundreds of photos and letters that went back over a century. She turned these wonderful photos, letters and stories from her mother into the wonderful book, Back There, Then. This is the kind of story that should inspire all of us to not only treasure the artifacts that we find, but to turn them into something! Writing those stories, not just collecting them and storing them, is something essential. You will enjoy hearing the story of how Ms. Crichlow White was able to put the book together, and hear about the treasures that she found. Ms. Bennett’s show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio.

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DNA & Your Genealogy

Speaking of Bernice Bennett, if you are in the Central Maryland area, you may be interested in attending the Central MD Chapter of AAHGS at the Owen Brown Community Center in Columbia MD. Bernice will be speaking about DNA and Genealogy. You know DNA can be a useful tool, for genealogists, and for many it can be away to solve some family mysteries. Of course DNA should not be considered a short cut to the genealogical process, but it can, for some, be a valuable tool to find out unknown information. I know that Bernice has a unique story as she continues to find matches all the time with DNA–and she has found close cousins who were previously unknown.

Now I have personally never had such luck, but my own families were enslaved in small rural communities. They were among the millions who were sold south. And almost every generation ended up in a different place. So I know that I will never find many or any matches that can be solved. But I know that Bernice has a number of DNA cousins who especially come out of a larger community–New Orleans, and sh has found 1st and 2nd cousins and been able to solve the mystery of how they were related. So I think many will enjoy hearing about her successes, so if you can make the meeting at 1pm tomorrow, by all means do so.

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Well have you ever decided to define your genealogical niche? Do you find that you enjoy documenting the community, or have you become interested in Civil War soldiers from your ancestral home? Have you noticed that there is no one who is the African American specialist in your area of interest? Well perhaps that is the call to action for you to make the commitment to take your research a bit further and become that person who tells the story.  There are so many opportunities out there, and some of your are already doing it unknowingly.  You may be the one who works with beginners to get them started, or you have an interest in an extensive funeral program collection that you have amassed. You may be the one who can become the voice long lost. We need many more people to step up and to focus on those areas and to tell the story. We need the voices from the community to document the community’s history and we need commitment from the genealogical family. I hope that many of you will step up and become the voice that is sorely needed.

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Well folks, time to wrap things up for this week. Thank you for taking your time to tune in as I know you have many things that you can choose to do with your time. Tune in next week and in the meantime, remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.