African Roots Podcast Episode #310 March 13, 2015

This Week's Pod Cast

 

Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast. You can always reach me Click HERE.

Well I hope that finally all of you are now seeing hints of spring! I am thrilled that our winter seems to have passed and that we have had a good thaw in the weather as well. And I am in a pre-presentation mode. I will be presenting next week at
in Baltimore, and will be speaking on Native American genealogy.

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And if you can’t make it to Baltimore, you are encouraged to hear Melvin Collier who will be speaking at the Central MD chapter of AAHGS. He is an excellent presenter and one whom you will enjoy.

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Tomorrow, Char McCargo Bah will be speaking at the Alexander Black History Museum in Alexandria VA. Char will be giving the first of two presentation on African American genealogy. The second session will be held next Saturday. (Yes, lots of things going on next Saturday! Ms. Bah has received a number of awards for her work and she has more than 30 years research experience!

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Last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s show was excellent. Her guest was Reginald Washington who spoke about the Freedmen’s Bureau, the Freedman’s Savings Bank and also the Southern Claims Commission! He shared information on little known records such as questionnaires that can be researched also. if you missed the show, you want to tune in and download the archived version of the show! So glad to see Reginald Washington back on the genealogy circuit, and thrilled that he will also be speaking at the NGS Conference in May in St. Charles Missouri.

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The Barbados and Carolina Foundation and the College of Charleston is sponsoring an event on April 9th on the college campus. Sir Henry Fraser will be the presenter talking about that history. This is an interesting aspect of history and the tie between this Carribbean island and the state of So. Carolina.

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Nicka's Projects

Congratulations to Nicka Sewell Smith who will be hosting a 4 part series of workshops for genealogists.

  • Genealogy Basics: More Than a Review
  • Offline and Online Research Techniques
  • Beyond the Surface: Analyzing and Capturing Genealogical Data 
  • The 5 W’s and the H of DNASpaces are limited to sign up early!                                                   For More Information

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AL Digital Collections

A good Digital Collection from Alabama!
Alabama Dept. of Archives History Digital Collections
This is a link to the digital photo collections at the AL state archives! There are some amazing images in the collection and it is one to visit. Images from the post slavery years, through the Civil Rights era as well. In addition there are some images from popular publications of the day—some stereotypes and others less offensive. But worth looking at and exploring!
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LDS Conference LA

Tomorrow there is an all day African American genealogy conference at the Los Angeles stake of the LDS Church. This will be the 13th annual event! I am amazed at how many of the Family History centers around the country have sponsored African American events, nationwide. And who knew that the one in Los Angeles has been occurring all of these years! I am excited to see that writing will be a part of the presentations! We all need to write more! And those in social media, take note that Yvette Porter Moore will be one of the speakers.

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I noticed that writing will be a part of many upcoming events. Now is the time to put your research into writing and to share that story. But also remember to tell your own story! Blog about it, journal about things, leave the things that we wish our ancestors had left for us!  Note that this summer MAAGI will have a writer’s track, featuring nationally known writing coach–Anita Paul! So this is the time to take your data, and present it for the family and community to read!

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Well everyone, I shall close for this week! Have a great week of research and do remember to keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast Episode #309 March 6, 2015

This Week's Pod Cast

 

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

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Well we have had a week throughout the country with some serious weather. We in the mid-Atlantic are buried on tons of snow. Yesterday I hope was the final hurrah of winter, when it snowed and snowed the entire day. So today is a day of digging out completely! I hope that you are all safe and warm and dry. The task at hand besides digging out–is to write it down and tell this year’s weather story.

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In the meantime–genealogy does go on. Coming up next week in Charleston SC. The Avery Research Center is hosting a lecture by Dr. Leslie Harris, March 12 at 6pm. Dr. Harris will discuss the book, “Slavery and Freedom in Savannah”. The event will provide an opportunity for discussion and to look at Freedom and how it came to the Low Country.

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Out west in California, in Sacramento, the 10th African American Family History Seminar. This will occur next Saturday March 14 and the Family Research Center. The special keynote speaker is Tony Burrough and a large number of topics are covered. Common Names, Native American Research, the Freedmen’s Bureau, DNA, and a Beginners class, and so much more! This will take place from 8 to 4, an all day event. I always enjoy showing support for so many groups that are out there!

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This being March, I invite people in Maryland to attend an all-day program for Native American research. I will present 4 workshops all day at the SE Anchor Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library. I will be presenting resources for general research, blended families and 10th and 20th century records, so I hope that you will join me on that day.

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I was so happy to see an event that will honor a much admired researcher, Dr. Ira Berlin. We appreciate the work of historians and depend upon their work to gain knowledge of the area, and the people who interest us. Well, coming up in April, at the University of Maryland, College Park, a two day event will honor the legacy and scholarship of Dr. Ira Berlin. This conference will be at the McKeldin Library.
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TangledRootsAndTrees

I saw a posting from a blogger this week who decided to create something called the Slave Name Roll Project. It began in February and the creator has decided to share data, and sort it by place of origin. It is wonderful to see what is shared. Thankfully many more people are willing to share this data which can be found in private collections, or a unique record set. The blog is called Tangled Roots and Trees, where Family and History Come Together. I am not sure who the owner is—can’t find the name of the contributor, but I am still happy to say thank you!
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I was excited to see info from the Family Search blog. Top African American genealogy resources. Congratulations to all of those websites and blogs that were mentioned.
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This is March, which is also Women’s History Month. This is the time to honor the many women in the family. We know that for many, the pulse of the family revolves around many of the women, the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and the female nurturers in the household. This is the time to perhaps honor those women in the family around whom many heartwarming stories  revolve.
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Last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s show. Her guest was Antoinette Harrell, who spoke about the genealogical value of Civil Rights records. We don’t know that there are many records that reflect our history as well. We are all survivors of their efforts, and the many indignities that they endured. Explore those records as  you weave the family story. Bernice Bennett’s show can be heard every Thursday evening on Blog Talk Radio. The show can be downloaded if you miss it last night.
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Also hats off to our friends in the Irish American community, as they celebrate Irish American heritage. Many of us in the African American community know that we have genetic European ties, and perhaps someday we may put energy into exploring this part of our past and may receive assistance to explore that par of our history as well.
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Stay warm this week and hope that you who have to dig out, will not exert yourselves too much and do stay safe while undertaking that enormous task. Thank you all for taking time to tune in, and please ave a good week of research.

In the meantime, the task continues, so please remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.