African Roots Podcast Episode #302 January 16, 2015

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the 302nd episode of the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me HERE.


Well January is rolling right along folks and this is the holiday weekend honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. I hope that you will take some time to reflect upon his legacy, and to do something in service this weekend, which honors him as well. And this milestone year is one to pause and remember. 50 years of Civil Rights, and 150 years of Freedom. For only 50 years we have been able to stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, and truly be able to move freely. Truly–that is perhaps the real beginning of freedom. These are privileges that we did not always have and 50 years ago the oppression is something that we shall not forget. Let’s honor Dr. King, Fannie Lou Hamer,  the slain Civil Rights workers, Medgar Evers and everyone who sacrificed so much!  Let us honor them all. So as you look for and find the family freedom story–don’t forget to tell the family Civil Rights story. All are part of the family narrative.

AAHGS Web Design
Call for Papers Forthcoming
The 2015 Conference for AAHGS will be released any day now. This year the conference will be in Richmond Virginia. This will be a great day to research and the amazing Library of Virginia. As we know for African Americans, Virginia is ground zero for so many with southern ties, so make plans now to attend. And for those of you who have a story to tell, a method to teach, a process to share, consider attending the October conference in Richmond Virginia.


Legacy Presents the Freedom Series!
Family Tree Webinars will honor the theme of Freedom with a series of Webinars focusing on Freedom that came 150 years ago, when millions of enslaved people gained true freedom and a chance to live as human beings with their families.
February 20th, April 24th, July 31,  September 24. The presenters are Angela Walton-Raji, Bernice Alexander Bennett, Melvin Collier. The entire schedule of speakers offered by Legacy Family Tree, can be found HERE.

Speaking of Bernice, last night, her show featured Theresa Kemp who has written the book called Keeper of the Fire. She discussed her book of over 480 pages of her own family history. Her show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio.
Genealogists Share Rare Documents on Social Media

I hope that you will explore the AfriGeneas Facebook group. This week, quite a few amazing documents, census, Indian Territory documents, wills and more have helped to stimulate amazing discussion and some very interesting threads.


GenealogyRoadShowSeason Two of the Genealogy Roadshow
This week the Roadshow opened on PBS and it was focusing on families in New Orleans. Next week we are all looking forward to seeing our genea-friend True Lewis whose family story will be featured.

MAAGI Banner Framed
MAAGI 2015 Plans Underway
Mark your calendars for July 7 – 9 in St Louis to attend MAAGI, the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. Three tracks will be offered this coming  year. Two tracks have merged for this coming year, and the merged track will be a writing track.


All Day African American Genealogy Conference February 7, 2015
Roots Tech, Salt Lake City February 12
FGS Conference, Salt Lake City  February 12
Legacy Family Tree Webinar
National Archives, Atlanta GA.
Enoch Pratt Library, All Day Seminar African-Native American Day March Baltimore MD
SCGS Burbank, California Genealogy Jamboree
MAAGI , St. Louis Missouri

Other events: Juneteenth, Family Reunions, and Church Homecomings, AAHGS Conference! So many things are underway.

And if you live in Virginia, keeps your eyes open for the June production of Drusilla Pair who will present her own Juneteenth Jubilee production on stage! She has taken her love of history and genealogy to the stage, so if you can, follow her, and watch for her upcoming announcements.


Juneteenth Will Celebrate 150 Years of Freedom!
Don’t forget to watch out for the major Juneteenth events. Also please take some time to reflect upon the legacy of Dr. King. The season of celebration of history, freedom, resilience of the family story. Let’s get busy, find the story, tell the story, and read the stories that others have written. We have a lot to talk about–50 years of civil rights, and 150 years of freedom. Become the portal through which the family story can come.

Thank you all so much for sharing things with me, and for taking out time to also listen. The new year is off to a good start, and let’s make it better.

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

African Roots Podcast Episode #301 January 9, 2015

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can always reach me HERE.

Welcome to Episode #301 and it is great to be here after an amazing week! As you know, last week was the 300th consecutive episode of the Podcast, and also last week was the launching of a new website called Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau.

Well, since that time it has been amazing to hear from so many people who have found that their ancestors lived near a Field office of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, Record Group 105.  We have higlighted Field Offices, Hospitals, Schools, USCT Battle sites. I hope that you will look at the maps and see if your ancestors could have used these post Civil War, institutions. I hope that you will visit the site if you have not already done so!



And last night, both Toni Carrier, co-creator and myself were able to be guests on Bernice Bennett’s show, Research At the National Archives and Beyond. Tune into the show if you missed it. Her show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm.



And February is approaching fast, and workshops have been planned. For those in the greater Washington DC area, a free all-day African American Genealogy Conference will unfold at the Family History Center in Laurel MD.  There is an impressive list of speakers and I hope that you will attend if you are within driving distance of the greater Washington Area. Other events are unfolding from Atlanta to Arkansas and points beyond, so the year is off to a very busy start!

Don’t forget to look at social media. I encourage you all to explore the Facebook group that focuses on the US Colored Troops (USCT) and their history. And note–a lot of genealogists are participating in a Genealogy “Do Over”.

This effort is good time to review what you have, see if it is coherent, and clear to a stranger that the papers are worth keeping and not tossing? Join it on Facebook and see what others are doing to preserve, enhance, and improve or even streamline what they have.


The recurring theme that you will hear from me will be Freedom. Do you know your ancestor’s Freedom Story? I hope that many of you will be trying to find it, and will be making the effort to tell this missing part of the family story.

Well, thank you again for listening, and know that you are appreciated so much.  In the meantime, please remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!