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32 minutes | 6 days ago
Before Jim Crow: America's Slave Codes & Black Laws with Victoria Robinson
It is essential when attempting to trace enslaved ancestors that one become familiar with the laws of each pertinent state or territory regarding the institution of slavery. Without such a survey of the laws, valuable information can often be overlooked. Knowledge of laws and their associated records can alert the researcher to more obscure sources of information. Victoria Robinson is an experienced genealogist who, while growing up in Utah, started tracing her family history. After graduating Georgetown University, she continued to be curious of mind and passionate about genealogy. Combining these traits, she also works to help others discover their roots. For nearly 30 years, she has worked as a senior librarian at the Annandale [VA] Family History Center, where she assists patrons and staff with their research and serves as the staff expert in African American genealogy. She has presented at various local and national genealogy/history conferences over the past 19 years on the topics of research methodology, and using various strategies to uncover African-American family history and genealogy. Opeing Music: Sweet Mellow Spice by AK Alexander
33 minutes | 13 days ago
Databases For Family History Research of Enslaved People with Sasha Mitchell
You researched your family back to the county where they were living right after enslavement; located white people in the community with the same surnames and found wills associated with their family. In addition, you may also (or instead) utilize DNA information to lead you to a specific family that held enslaved people. You have done the work of finding records of people and sometimes families linked to a place or maybe two places in time but there is no centralized or searchable place for us to leave those records for others. This discussion will focus on: • Records that are kept at the County level • Why enslaved people may use the surnames of the seller, buyer, the grantors or the grantees or another name altogether • Finding enslaved people that may be sold across the county or state lines • Searching for a family member that may have been split up Sasha Mitchell is a family and community historian, former chair of African American Heritage for Asheville & Buncombe County, NC. Researching for over 30 years. A mother of 3 sons, age 22, 20 & 17, a former foster mom, a seamstress, miniaturist, and budding woodworker. She works as Operations Manager at Dogwood Alliance, a non-profit devoted to protecting the forests of the South. She loves genealogy research for its power to connect people to history, to places in time, and to communities. And at a time when DNA is exposing connections between white and black families that have long been hidden, family history is helping people to heal and build connections. Opening Music: Sweet Mellow Spice by AK Alexander Productions
31 minutes | 20 days ago
1950 US Census UPDATE! with Thomas MacEntee
Get the latest information on the release of the 1950 US Census population schedules on April 1st, 2022. We'll cover how to access the images, how to locate your ancestors based on their address and enumeration district, and share information on how you can volunteer to index the 1950 US Census! Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in using technology and social media to improve genealogy research and to connect with the family history community. http://stevemorse.org Opening Music: Sweet Melow Spice - AK Alexander Productions
34 minutes | a month ago
Short Subject Journaling with DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson)
Myrt has stress-free ideas for sharing family history discoveries one story at a time, using a single photo, document, heirloom or historical tidbit. It starts with a 15-minute brainstorming session. DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of genealogy blogger Pat Richley-Erickson also known for hosting genealogy webinars and Zoom “how-to” sessions, with over 1,300 videos on her YouTube channel. She began online genealogy work in 1985 with Q-Link, progressed to PC-Link then America Online’s Genealogy Forum She serves as President of the Association of Professional Genealogists Second Life Chapter. You’ll find Myrt online at Blog.DearMYRTLE.com where she has lately been chronicling new additions to her “ancestor trunk” under the popular title 52 THINGS. Opening music: Sweet Mellow Spice by AK Alexander Productions
39 minutes | a month ago
Finding Empowerment on the Family Tree: The Story of Mammy with Gaynell Brady
Join Gaynell Brady, owner and educator at Our Mammy’s for a discussion about the legacy and fallacies of mammy. Genealogy remembers all of our ancestors, not just the most famous or free people. In 2013, Our Mammy's was created to honor the legacy of those who sacrificed their lives to take care of others. The company was named Our Mammy’s to reclaim the name Mammy, and to emphasize to others that a Mammy was much more than just a name. Mammy cared for generations of plantation owners, laborers, and enslaved Africans and African Americans. Mammy's strength, courage, wisdom, and tenacity is displayed on every family tree. Mammy is often stereotyped as an uneducated, submissive, dark skin, overweight maternal woman. Gaynell Brady is an educator and museum professional who is passionate about learning, genealogy, and museums. She currently serves as the Owner/Educator at Our Mammy’s LLC, where she teaches families about genealogy and African American history. In her current role as Owner/Educator at Our Mammy’s, she develops and implements hands-on history and genealogy lessons for children using historical research from her family tree. Past professional experiences include The National World War II Museum, National Park Service Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Louisiana State Museum, and River Road African American Museum. Gaynell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from Southern University at New Orleans. She is currently a PhD candidate at Capella University. Opening Music: Sweet Mellow by AK Alexander Productions
40 minutes | 2 months ago
Reframing Narratives of Enslaver Research with Adrienne Fikes
Difficult truths about slavery, racial injustice, and other harm, bring up a variety of emotions and challenges for genealogy researchers and families. Adrienne Fikes wants us to reframe the narrative about the descendants of enslaved persons and enslavers gathering together to heal. This shift in perspective allows us to stand firm in our deepest truth; have consistent access to unspeakable joy; and develop the deep roots and bubble wrap we need to stay in this principled struggle to understand each other, while addressing the structural issues continuing these wrongs. How many of your 16 great-great-grandparents can you call by name? After a random tweet led her to information about her roots, Adrienne Fikes M.Ed, PCC (she/her) created the #16Greats Challenge, encouraging other GenXers and younger to learn the names of their 16 great-great-grandparents, or understand why they can’t. Adrienne is a seventh-generation Virginian, with deep roots in North Carolina, and is part of the 1st generation to grow up in the planned community of Columbia, Maryland. Adrienne is the Soul Power Coach™ of SoulPowerCoach.com, an executive coach and consultant, TEDx speaker, and author of Finding Your #UnspeakableJoy: Right There Where You Are. Adrienne has a M.Ed in Human Growth and Development, BS in Psychology, and is a NCBH Adult Mental Health First Aid Responder. She serves on the International Coaching Federation Metro DC Board, launching it's Racial Justice Community of Practice. Adrienne has been deeply involved in advocating for restorative justice within Alexandria's Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project, and is the co-founder of Racial Justice Alexandria. Adrienne is a member of the James Dent Walker DC Chapter of AAHGS.
43 minutes | 2 months ago
The Oldest Among U.S., The Elders of the Trask 250 with Nicka Sewell Smith
From Sago and Fatima, Randall and Esther, to Moosa and Katy, learn the ancestral story of the Trask 250 from the vantage point of the oldest traceable ancestors who unite them, those who were born in the late 18th century, mostly in Africa, with descendants who number more than 5,000. Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, consultant, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, and reverse genealogy, and is expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, and researching enslaved communities. Nicka has diverse and varied experience in media with a background in audio, video, and written communications. She's appeared on TODAY Show, CNN, MSNBC, on the series Who Do You Think You Are and has been interviewed by Oakland Tribune, The Undefeated, National Geographic, and TIME. She is the host of BlackProGen LIVE, an innovative web show with more than 125 episodes focused on people of color genealogy and family history. Opening music: Sweet Mellow Spice by AKA Productions
35 minutes | 2 months ago
The Psychology of Searching with Dr.Penny Walters
Dr. Penny Walters, author ofThe Psychology of Searching (Amazon, 2020) asks why is compiling a family tree now such a popular hobby. We will look at kinship, homelands, ethnicity, becoming obsessed with searching, race memory, and putting all the pieces in our jigsaw. Why do we research ancestors we share so little DNA with? Are we searching for who they were, or who we are? Once we have started our search, some discoveries reveal painful realities (including injustices and enslavement), uncovering our relatives’ secrets and lies, and numerous ethical dilemmas can arise. These are covered in depth in the book Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’(Amazon, 2019). Dr. Penny Walters www.searchmypast.co.uk has been a University lecturer for 30 years in Psychology and Business Studies. Penny's interest in genealogy started after having her first child and then wondering about her biological parents, as she was adopted. DNA testing has revealed 94% Irish heritage; and fascinating insights into her Black British children’s African heritage. Penny lectures internationally and writes articles about a variety of genealogy topics including ethical dilemmas, the psychology of searching, ethnicity and identity, adoption, and Irish heritage. Penny has lectured at Roots Tech London and USA; APG PMC; Brigham Young University; throughout Ireland; nationally and regionally at UK events; Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), the Society of Australian Genealogists and Vivid-Pix. Music: Sweet Mellow Spice with AK Alexander
34 minutes | 2 months ago
USCT Pension Records and Genealogy Tell a Community’s Story with Tina Jones
Tina Jones research journey began in 2000 when she began working with the local senior citizens - many of whom were residents of two historically African American neighborhoods in Franklin, Tennessee. Franklin was the site of a significant Civil War battle and is the county seat of Williamson County, Tennessee. Several historic homes operate as museums and significant local attention is paid to the community’s Civil War history. The genealogy program with 50 senior citizens soon had constructed dozens of family trees - many intersecting. She started compiling any information she could find about the experiences of enslaved people in Williamson County to understand more fully the context in which the people she was researching had lived. Tina tracked down slave narratives of people with ties to the area, newspaper clippings, probate documents, and diary entries. It all helped paint a fuller story - and highlighted an aspect of local history that had been almost entirely overlooked: the contributions of black men who served in the who joined the US Navy and the US Army’s Colored Troops during the Civil War. She now specializes in researching these men and telling their stories. She raises money to install brick pavers inscribed with their names in the County’s Veterans Park through her “Slaves To Soldiers” project. Inspired partially by this work, a local group called the “Fuller Story” has formed to erect a statue depicting a local US Colored Troop soldier on the town square. Opening music: Sweet Mello Spice by AK Alexander Productions
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Funeral Programs Tell the Community Story with Dr. Antoinette Harrell
Funeral Programs serve as a wonderful legacy and memento to remember a cherished love one. These programs are given at funerals and are written with great care to honor the dearly departed. This show will discuss the genealogical value of Funeral Programs and how genealogist/family historians can partner with funeral homes, churches and others to gather, organize and compile these programs to tell the community story. Dr. Antoinette Harrell, is a renowned genealogist, author and local historian specializing in Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes of Louisiana. Her books include several children's genealogy activity books and the first ever publication "Images of America - African Americans in Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes. In addition to her books, she is also the host of Nurturing Our Roots Genealogy Zoom Sessions. Dr. Harrell has been featured in many national and international magazines and other media such as on Vice for her peonage and genealogy research attracting over 3 million viewers. Opening music: Sweet Mello Spice by AK Alexander Productions
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Uncovering the Story about Jordon B. Noble with Alex Trapps-Chabala
Jordan Bankston Noble, commonly known as the Drummer Boy of New Orleans was easily one of the Reconstruction era's most prominent Black men, known internationally for his military and musical career. From childhood, Jordan was enslaved and ordered to enlist in the Battle of New Orleans, Seminole, Mexican American, and Civil Wars. He was sold at least 6 times, raised a family, and spent at least 60 years of his life as a Free Man of Color. Despite all of this, his story is still not well known by the public and what has been written about him has largely been falsified. In this episode, meet Jordan Noble's 5X great grandson Alex Trapps-Chabala to give clarity to his life and his legacy. Alex Trapps-Chabala is a Bay Area-based historian and genealogist on a mission to help all BIPOC people learn about their family histories in a safe, informative, and engaging way. He is a 4th generation Bay Area native, deeply connected to his roots on the Gulf Coast. Alex is a Black Queer activist with a knack for disrupting harmful norms, deconstructing anti-Black ideas about our pasts, and facilitating healing via our ancestors' experiences.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Using Narrative Inquiry in Family History with Walter Curry Jr., Ed.D
A narrative is an oral or written account of events or experiences. While there is no mainstream research design in family history, narrative inquiry is a research method that uses oral accounts, photos, obituaries, newspaper articles, and other forms of artifacts and contextualization, as units of analysis to research and interpretation to understand the way relatives create meaning in their lives as narratives. The show will share with listeners how to incorporate narrative inquiry to research family history. Dr. Curry will provide examples of narrative inquiry from his award winning book, The Thompson Family: Untold Stories From the Past (1830-1960). Dr. Curry is a genealogist, educator and author who focuses his genealogical research in eastern Aiken County and western Orangeburg County, South Carolina. Opening Music: Sweet Mellow Spice by AK Alexander Productions.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
Did My Ancestor Crash the 1855 Fusion (Republican) Convention? Kathy Marshall
Kathy Lynne Marshall’s most endearing tale of heroism was about her three times great-grandmother, Margaret Booker, and the grisly reason she left Beverly, West Virginia, with her young children in tow, for freedom in Barnesville, Ohio. Imagine Marshall’s surprise when an 1855 newspaper article connected Margaret’s possible father, Edward “Ned” Backus, to the Fusion (aka Republican) Convention in Ravenna, Ohio. After many unsuccessful attempts to free his wife and children, Ned’s lawyer suggested he seek legal and financial assistance at the convention. What was it like for a newly freed man traveling 150 miles from the slave state of Virginia to north-central Ohio, five years before Abraham Lincoln was voted the first Republican President? Marshall will discuss her research process and reveal the many twists and turns which culminated in an unbelievable story that was broadcast in many newspapers east of the Mississippi River. The new knowledge of who Edward’s likely slaveowner was, as well as serendipitous information from the Beverly Heritage Center, helped to confirm who Margaret’s actual mother was. For thirty-six years, Marshall was a researcher, analyst, personnel consultant, and technical writer for the California Highway Patrol. Since 1993, she has been the owner and sculptor/author for her Kanika Marshall Art and Books business (www.KanikaMarshall.com), self-publishing since 2017: The Ancestors Are Smiling!, Finding Otho: The Search for Our Enslaved Williams Ancestors, Finding Daisy: From the Deep South to the Promised Land, and The Mystery of Margaret Booker. She has also been published in the National and Northern California AAHGS Quarterly Newsletters. Opening Music: Sweet Mellow Spice with AK Alexander Productions
40 minutes | 4 months ago
The Daughter Dialogues podcast with Reisha Raney
The Daughter Dialogues podcast shares real-life stories from women of color who honor their ancestors' fight to achieve independence for America and are members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The host, Reisha Raney, a leader in the DAR and a direct descendant of President Thomas Jefferson's grandfather, is conducting research as a Harvard University non-resident fellow, under the direction of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. She is exploring the lives of DAR members of color and their ancestry which includes men and women of American Indian, black or African descent, and white or European descent who contributed to the founding of the USA. This is not an official podcast of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Reisha Raney is the owner of Encyde Corporation, providing business analysis, systems engineering, independent testing and post implementation solutions for some of the world’s largest systems, ranked in the top 4% of all women owned businesses in the United States by the National Association of Women Business Owners. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Spelman College and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Reisha is the founder and host of DaughterDialogues.com and the Daughter Dialogues podcast. She is also the first black state officer in the Maryland State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Her DAR journey has been featured in The Washington Post, The Japan Times, USA Today, NBC News, and on the Colors podcast by WTOP (Washington D.C.’s top news radio). The Daughter Dialogues podcast can be found on her website DaughterDialogues.com. Opening music: Sweet Mellow Spice by AK Alexander Productions
26 minutes | 4 months ago
The Black Family - Representation, Identity, and Diversity with Sylvia Cyrus
Join Sylvia Cyrus, Executive Director of the ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY for a discussion around the theme and events to celebrate Black History Month (The Black Family Representation, Identity, and Diversity). The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. Its representation, identity, and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped, and vilified from the days of slavery to our own time. The black family knows no single location, since family reunions and genetic-ancestry searches testify to the spread of family members across states, nations, and continents. Not only are individual black families diasporic, but Africa and the diaspora itself have been long portrayed as the black family at large. While the role of the black family has been described by some as a microcosm of the entire race, its complexity as the “foundation” of African American life and history can be seen in numerous debates over how to represent its meaning and typicality from a historical perspective—as slave or free, as patriarchal or matriarchal/matrifocal, as single-headed or dual-headed household, as extended or nuclear, as fictive kin or blood lineage, as legal or common law, and as black or interracial, etc. Variation appears, as well, in discussions on the nature and impact of parenting, childhood, marriage, gender norms, sexuality, and incarceration. The family offers a rich tapestry of images for ex-ploring the African American past and present. Opening music - Sweet Mello Spice by AK Alexander Productions.
44 minutes | 4 months ago
Mapping Miles from the Antebellum South to Freedom with Tanisha L. Watson
A Ruse, A Railroad, A River - Mapping Miles from the Antebellum South to Freedom Fearlessness and the clever escape from enslavement taken by Miles Eason, 3x Great Grandfather who used the Civil War as ruse for escape, inevitably breaking the color barriers of the Coal Mining boom of Philadelphia. Tanisha is content creator and microblogger behind Ancestral Bequest, a bespoke and inclusive community that is dedicated to genealogical exchange and education. Penned by her peers as The Rebel Genealogist™️, she is driven to tell compelling stories of the lives of her ancestors beyond the databases they’re often confined to. We have to be the ones to tell their stories and honor them with pride. Tanisha joined the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society – New Jersey Chapter in November of 2019 and is an alum of the Midwest African American Genealogical Institute where her focus has been Genetic Genealogy and DNA Analysis. Ms. Watson is her families historian since she was 8 years old, often telling family stories and impersonating the elders. Through her research she has been able to trace back to the 1790’s making connections to her ancestors from Norfolk, Virginia to Gatesville, North Carolina. Music: Sweet Mello Spice by AK Alexander Productions
47 minutes | 6 months ago
Go Tell It On the Mountain: Rev. W.J. Hightower with James Morgan lll
While researching his grandfather, James Morgan learned a lot about unique records of the AME church that enabled him to learn more about his and others' family histories! He will share his findings with us! James R. Morgan III is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Africana Studies in 2011. He is currently employed with the United States Department of State and serves as a Curatorial Consultant with the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC. James is an active Prince Hall Freemason and as such he serves as Worshipful Grand Historian & Archivist of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. He has authored several scholarly writings on African American Freemasonry and fraternalism. He is also an Honorary Fellow and Life Member of the Phylaxis Research Society. James is an active and experienced genealogist and is a member of the James Dent Walker Chapter of the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society. He has presented at the 2016 International Black Genealogy Symposium as well as at the 2019 National Conference of the African American Historical and Genealogcal Society (AAHGS) among others. James serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Bishop Henry McNeal Turner Project and is the author of The Lost Empire: Black Freemasonry in the Old West (1867-1906) which was awarded the 2019 Dr. Charles H. Wesley Medal of History and the 2020 Phillis Wheatley Book Award for Non-Fiction Biography. James is a Co-Panelist on both Black Pro Gen-Live and the Prince Hall Think Tank, both of which can be found on Youtube. Opening Music - Sweet Mellow Spice by AK Alexander Productions
47 minutes | 6 months ago
Preserving Sites of Power, Prestige, and Significance with Dr. Joy G. Kinard
Listeners will be able to learn the beliefs and ideals from Dr. Joy G. Kinard a historian who has worked in African American History and Historic Preservation for over 20 years and whose family has been involved for over 70 years. This show will share with listeners a different perspective on preserving African American History in their neighborhoods with municipal development on the rise all over the nation, African American historic sites are left vulnerable and are being demolished that need to be saved. Kinard will discuss examples of wins and losses in this battle using community activism, advocacy, and new trends with the impacts of COVID-19.
46 minutes | 7 months ago
Using Multiple Sources to Find Your Family’s “Kunta Kinte” with Jerome Spears
As a Family Historian and DNA Data Manager, Jerome has had the opportunity to use his family’s oral history, coupled with an extensive collection of DNA results, a well-maintained family tree and modern research resources/tools to bridge the gap between African-American persons on this side of the Atlantic Ocean with their distant cousins (in Africa). All available resources have to be brought to bear (including using: Sibling Summation techniques, various DNA testing company’s data holdings, GEDmatch and DNA Painter to successfully find distant DNA matches in Nigeria and Senegal using these methods. Finding your family’s Kunta Kinte is rewarding and will provide a source of interest and pride for your family. The use of small (single digit) centimorgan (cM) values/results will certainly play a critical part in the successful analysis directly because of the distance you must travel back in time to make the necessary connections to the most recent common ancestors (MRCA)s – to validate [ if consolidated with other research methods ] your concluding findings. Jerome Spears, has many years of general family history and genealogical research going back to 2009. His undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geography have served him well. He has positioned his ancestors within the historical context of place and time in order to uncover and reveal some remarkable family history discoveries. Jerome was honored in 2016 with the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) - Elizabeth Clark-Lewis Genealogy Award for his original African American research. He has also presented at the AAHGS annual national-level conferences.
30 minutes | 7 months ago
My Sister's Keeper: Wholistic Wellness Reimagined with Katrina Kimble
In most homes, women gather at the kitchen to celebrate and comfort each other, discuss important topics, make life-changing decisions, and address the challenges of life. The My Sister's Keeper Kitchen Table Talks are a culturally relevant and historic community-defined practice of creating safe spaces for the exploration of significant issues impacting the health of black women. Katrina Kimble is the Project Coordinator for the Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare's - My Sister's Keeper Project. She has worked in population health and community engagement for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor's in Human Resource Management from The University of Memphis, a Wellness Advocate Certificate from Living Compass Health Ministry, and a Health Minister Certificate from Wesley Theological Seminary. Katrina's mission in life is to help individuals discover their journey to wholistic wellness. She believes that we should strive to be well not perfect...
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