Angela Y. Walton-Raji on November 4th, 2016

This Week's Pod Cast

 

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

Well now that November is here, time to truly enjoy as we settle into the midst of autumn with all of its colors, cool temperatures and beauty. Genealogy conferences have been winding down, and we are all looking towards the holidays.

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DC History Conference Unfolds

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A warm shout out to those in Washington DC who are attending the 43rd  Annual DC History Conference. I was unaware of the event, but I am now aware and plan to put it on my calendar in the future! I learned about it on Twitter, and I am putting a link to their schedule so that you can see it HERE.
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Emancipation Records of District of Columbia

dc-emancipation-records(Selection of Records from Fold3 on Emancipation Records)

By they way, I wanted to mention that for those who are interested in history of the District of Columbia, there is a set of records on Fold3, that reflect the Emancipation of slaves in the city. Next week closer to the Veteran’s Day weekend, some of these records may open up for free and provide access to those emancipation records from the nation’s capital, so stay tuned for that.

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14,000 Records of Oklahoma African Americans

Speaking of Fold3, I want to mention an under-used and under studied community from Oklahoma, whose records are also part of the Fold3 collections. I am referring to the records of the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes. (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole Nations.) I am working on a piece about Freedmen records and hope that besides genealogists, that sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists and historians will all pursue this understudied community more. There are amazing records over on Fold3 to begin that process.
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amyjohnsoncrowLast night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s Show featured well known genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. She discussed a number of things from her areas of focus to how she began her research more than 20 years ago. It was a discussion that was lots of fun to listen to. Amy features 31 days to Better Genealogy on her blog and it might be something to explore  yourself, by subscribing to it.

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Milestone Celebrations Within the Our Community

The Bernice Bennett Show will be celebrating next week with a special 5 year Anniversary broadcast! Hard to believe that 5 years have already come! That is amazing and she has become a real staple in the genealogy community! Let’s celebrate with her!

African Roots Podcast to Celebrate the 400th Broadcast in November
In three weeks I will be celebrating the 400th consecutive broadcast of the African Roots Podcast! Yes—it has been that long! I may change my format that day, and will also sponsor a few giveaways, so stay tuned!

MAAGI is turning 5
In 2017 The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute will be hosting the 5th year of this remarkable institute and the event promises to be even stronger and larger than ever before. Registration for MAAGI is now open, and you may want to secure your spot now, as it fills quickly

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Social Media Enhancing the Online Genealogy Experience

There are now over 400 groups on Facebook for genealogists. And then there is Twitter! There are thousands of people around the globe tweeting away for genealogy. And there is a large community for African ancestored researchers as well. I especially love the concept of Twitter chats–and one effective one is #GenChat. That hashtag group allows researchers to join in conversation about a particular topic, and as a result, a fast past, fun-filled time is full of dialogue, tips and help for genealogists. A new group will be announced in the next few weeks for the Black Pro Gen group. This is a group of researchers of color, who meet and share their interests on Twitter. There will be a hashtag group when that Twitter chat begins. (#BProGenChat) Join us and stay tuned for the announcements.
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The Lowdown on Black Pro Gen
Also do you follow some of the bloggers and writers from Black Pro Gen? If so-you may want to get the Lowdown to follow them. This is a method of following the blogs and posts when members of the Black Pro Gen panel share their latest blog posts. The Lowdown feed burner will send you notifications via email about the latest content posted by the Black Pro Gen community.

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Well winding things down again for this week. Thank you so much for being there and for those wonderful tweets and posts on social media. And thank you also for your time.
In the meantime, remember to keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

Angela Y. Walton-Raji on October 28th, 2016

This Week's Pod Cast

 

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

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Wow October is about to end and the major events are winding down for the year. A quick shout out to friends who are attending the Texas State Genealogy Society Conference this weekend! There is an amazing array of speakers and if your are in Texas then Dallas TX is the pace to be!

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Danville Virginia Library Offering Genealogy Presentations

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Best wishes to Ressie Luck who will be presenting next week in Danville, Virginia at the Public Library Auditorium on African American Ancestry. Some of us know Ressie through social media. She serves as president of her local chapter of AAHGS, and will be sharing methods of her areas of research.

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On November 17th Danielle Pritchett will give a presentation of methods of navigating the Slave Schedules. Now this is a most under-used record, and many times we take a look–see that there are no names, and move on. Well Ms. Pritchett will share what she has learned from using both sets of records (1850 & 1860) and how she was able to glean more information about her enslaved ancestors.

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In the Maryland area,  you are invited to attend the genealogy presentation at the Banneker Museum on Saturday October 28, at the Banneker Museum and Recreation center. The session will unfold in the house across the lawn at the Banneker Museum site at 10:30 am. I shall be giving a basic genealogical overview, and then will follow a family’s history into the mid 1800s, as a case study.

For more information click on this LINK.

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Georgetown 272 – Descendants of Slaves Sold in 1832 Sought

Have you been following the story of the Georgetown 272? This is an ongoing story of the fallout from the story of a number of people who have learned that they are descendants of 272 enslaved men, women and children who were sold by Jesuit priests to save the university and to expand the university from the proceeds from that sale. A genealogist in Washington state first had her story told in the press several months ago, and since that time there has been an interest in learning more about the descendants of those who were sold. I am happy to also learn that there is an interest in also learning about those who were “left behind” the descendants of those whose families were torn away from them and taken to Louisiana for that sale.

Well—I want to draw your attention as genealogists to an active community of genealogists in social media who are researching, and sharing data about the descendants. There is an extremely active group on social media and if your are on Facebook, simply to to Georgetown 272 Descendants, and join the community. If you believe that you are connected and have ancestors from Maryland, and/or Louisiana, then you may want to explore the history and see if you have a connection to the families. Family trees, dna projects and so much more is being discussed. In addition, there is discussion about the university extending “legacy” admission status to those who can prove ties to the 272 who were taken south to Louisiana.

If you have ties to southern Maryland—St. Mary’s County in particular, and have the following surnames, the Georgetown University 272 project may be interested in connecting with you. They are seeking descendants of the 272 slaves sold in the 1830s to Louisiana. Note that many families were split before the slaves were taken south, and some who remain in Maryland, are among those whose relatives were taken and sold. The surnames are:

— They are seeking persons from Maryland and Louisiana, who have one or more of the following last names (the more the better!):
Barnes/(Barney), Blacklock,Blair, Brown, Butler, Campbell, Contee, Coyles, Cremble, Cutchmore (Kercheman), Digges (Diggs, Digs), Dorsey (Dorsy) Eaglin, Ford, Gough, Greenlief (Greenleaf, Green), Hall, Harris, Harrison, Hawkins, Hill, Johnson, Jones, Kelly, Langley, Mahoney, Merick (Merrick), Noland (Nolanty), Plowden, Queen, Riley, Scott, Sweeton/(Sweden), Ware, West, Wilton,Yorkshire

If there is  a connection—join the FB group and someone should be able to assist you.

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Did you catch any of the National Archives Virtual Fair this week? The National Archives hosted an online virtual fair for two days with live video streaming coming from several of the branches of the National Archives. The classes allowed questions from viewers, and will still take questions about their collections. I was able to catch several of the video presentations and actually plan to re-watch two of them. I think that this is great way to learn more about the holdings, but in addition, it is also a wonderful way to understand what some of the records actually contain. You can catch archived versions of this year’s presentations HERE.

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How many of your are out there planning to write that book on your family history? Some may be interested in writing the story of the ancestral families, others may wish to write the story of the research journey and others may have an interest in simply writing about a community–the place that became the backdrop where the ancestral story played out. Whatever your interest–you may want to think about watching last night’s webinar on writing hosted by the writing coach, Anita Henderson. There is a special online site that she created called, the Genealogist’s Writing Room, where you can get some special assistance in producing that long desired book sitting in the corner of your mind and trying to get on paper. More information can be found HERE. And if you missed last night’s discussion, you may do so HERE.

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A final word about writing and getting your story out and on paper. There is much to write about, the more you are able to conduct research. The challenge for many is simply to get started! If you have already begun the research–the question is–what are you now going to do with what you have learned? Also what story is the most unique story to tell? The story of your research journey? The data itself? The revelations in what you have found? There are many approaches to writing—but you must first understand the urgency. You may find yourself talking about writing, yet never picking up the pen. And sometimes, you will find that others will listen to you and then realize that they can also tell the story. But we all know that we are the owner’s of our own narrative, and as a result, we are responsible for telling it ourselves.

To get started–just start a small blog. Make it private if you wish–but start writing–get some of the story out there. After a few days or weeks–share it with someone. Join a community of others who write and blog. With time,  you will realize that your blog has its own life and its own dimension in your life and writing will become a natural outlet for you. That is the beginning. Trust me–there are readers who are waiting for you.

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MAAGI Writing Track Brings Historical Fiction Author

Well next week registration will open for MAAGI- the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. If you are a beginner, or interested in DNA, the Pre/Post Slavery period, or in writing, then take a look at MAAGI 2017. July 11-13th 2017 at the Genealogy Center in Ft. Wayne Indiana, MAAGI will offer you 12 classes in each track from which you will be immersed for 3 intense days of learning, and growing.

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And for the first time, the writer’s track will be featuring Beverly Jenkins the award winning historical fiction writer. The author who brought us Indigo, and so much more! On November 1st save your seat for MAAGI – The Teaching Institute!

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Time to wind things down for this week. Thank you all for your time, and thank you for sharing some of your events and thoughts with me this week. We are all busy and there are many options for you. Your spending a few moments with me is truly appreciated. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back this weekend! In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!