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A Mind To Stay- Sydney Nathans, Michael Williams, Theresa Williams, Angela Peay

10/19/2018
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Panelist will discuss A Mind to Stay - White Plantations - Black Homeland. This story researched and written by Sydney Nathans begins in 1844, when North Carolina planter Paul Cameron bought 1,600 acres near Greensboro, Alabama and sent out 114 enslaved people to cultivate cotton and enlarge his fortune. Syd Nathans is a historian and author of "A Mind to Stay," which tells the story of a white plantation that became a black homeland to formerly enslaved people. Based on decades of oral...

Duration:01:15:10

U.S. Internment Camps in WWII with Linda Harms Okazaki

10/5/2018
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After Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, thousands of Japanese and Japanese Americans were incarcerated in “Internment Camps.” German and Italians were also interned, but in smaller numbers. The various sites of confinement and the records created will be examined, covering the period of time immediately preceding World War II through resettlement and redress. Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth-generation San Franciscan with a background in education. She is a member of the Association of...

Duration:00:57:21

Roots To Glory Tours with Ada Anagho Brown

9/28/2018
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Join Ada Anagho Brown - President of Roots to Glory Tours for a discussion about reconnecting with your ancestral home on the African continent. Mrs. Brown and other Root Seekers will share their most recent experiences in Cote D' Ivoire. Ada Anagho Brown is a native of Cameroon whose family moved to the United States in 1975. She is the third child of the current Chief of Ngwo located in the Njikwa subdivision of Cameroon. Over the years, she has dedicated her life to promoting Africa. For...

Duration:01:02:32

Black Carolinians During World War I with Janet G. Hudson

6/29/2018
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For 21,609 young African American men who called North Carolina home, the First World War meant leaving families and familiar Tar Heel communities. The military service and sacrifice of those tens of thousands of black North Carolinians, however, are not well known among historians or the public. Their contributions, individually and collectively, have been generally ignored, simplistically rendered, represented by only a few, hidden away in disparate and scattered sources, or carried to the...

Duration:01:00:42

The Lost Jesuit Slaves of Maryland with Richard Cellini, Esq.

6/22/2018
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In 1838, Georgetown University and the Maryland Jesuits sold nearly 300 enslaved men, women and children to sugar plantations in southern Louisiana in orderto recuse the college from bankruptcy. Until late 2015, Georgetown University folklore said that all of them quickly succumbed to fever in the malodorous swamp world of Louisiana, leaving no trace and no descendants. But this wasn’t true. The Georgetown Memory Project was founded in November 2015 to discover what really happened to the...

Duration:01:04:32

Latino Genealogy and Beyond with Dr. Ellen Fernandez-Sacco

6/16/2018
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Examine the genealogical resources to trace your Puerto Rican Ancestors. Dr. Ellen Fernandez-Sacco is an independent scholar with over 14 years of experience as a genealogist. An expert in Puerto Rican genealogy, she works to increase access to information on enslaved and Indigenous ancestors. She is past president of the California Genealogical Society and a panelist on Black ProGen Live. Dr. Fernandez-Sacco seeks to expand knowledge of connections to the Caribbean through her blog. Her...

Duration:00:58:02

Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia - Lynn Rainville

5/18/2018
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Lynn Rainville is the Acting Dean of Sweet Briar College, where she also directs the Tusculum Institute for Public History. Although her PhD is in Near Eastern archaeology, she has spent the last two decades studying historic American cemeteries, segregated schools, enslaved communities, poor farms, and World War I. She is the author of several books, includingthe recently released Virginia and the Great War (2018), Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia (2014), and...

Duration:01:02:54

How To Keep Your Family Connected with Mitzi Perdue

5/11/2018
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Mitzi Perdue will provide tips, techniques and checklists to help families thrive. One of the most important parts of this has to do with knowing your family’s stories. We are the stories we tell ourselves, and if we don’t know our family stories, it’s in its own way, a little like having Alzheimer’s Disease. Without memories we lose one of the most basic factors that makes us us. Mitzi Perdue holds degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University, is a past president of the...

Duration:00:56:44

By Any Other Name: An Exploration of Afro-Amerindian Heritage with Steven Gayle

4/27/2018
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By Any Other Name: An Exploration of Afro-Amerindian Heritage is a documentary film that discusses the interactions between Africans and American Indians from in the United States, with an emphasis on the state of Georgia in the 18th through the 20th Centuries. Steven D. Gayle is a filmmaker and educator originally from Philadelphia, PA now residing in the Atlanta area. Steven earned his Bachelor’s in History Education from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master of Arts in...

Duration:00:50:42

We Are Family - The O'Kelleys - Joyce Ann Huston and Argie Hoskins-Shumway

4/20/2018
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The O'Kelleys will discuss building bridges and healing the divide in the racial culture of America. They are an example that the horrible system from the past of slavery doesn’t have to linger into hate or dislike between races today. Many Americans share DNA of mixed ancestry. We must come together as a nation understanding that we really are all family! Joyce Ann Huston from St. Louis, MO is a vocalist, trumpeter & genealogist enthusiast that began following a presentation on her family...

Duration:01:07:23

Early 19th Century Baltimore Tax Records: Noreen Goodson and Donna Tyler Hollie

4/13/2018
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This show will focus on the value of researching enslaved ancestors, free people of color and identifying the slaveholders in tax records in an Urban community such as Baltimore in the early 19th century. Donna Tyler Hollie received an MA and a Ph.D. in History. After retirement as an administrator with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, she served for thirteen years as professor of History and Chair of the Social Science Department at Sojourner-Douglass College. She has...

Duration:00:58:45

The Price for Their Pound of Flesh with Daina Ramey Berry

4/6/2018
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The Price for Their Pound of Flesh includes photographs, illustrations, newspaper clippings, advertisements, extensive lists of appraisal and sale values, quotes, poems, letters, and songs from the time period. Additionally, Berry’s focus on sharing a diversity of stories of and from enslaved people illuminates their experiences and feelings in direct response to their understanding of their monetary values and position as property. “Despite being traded as commodities from the womb to the...

Duration:01:03:45

Family Pictures USA with Thomas Allen Harris

3/23/2018
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Family Pictures USA is a television series and transmedia project that explores neighborhoods and cities through the lens of the family photo album. Hosted by Thomas Allen Harris, this innovative television series enlarges our understanding of history, our diversity, and our shared values. Thomas Allen Harris is a critically acclaimed artist who uses film, video, photography, and performance to explore family and identity. Harris' work has been broadcast internationally and exhibited at...

Duration:00:55:52

Universities Studying Slavery with Kenyatta D. Berry

3/16/2018
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Professional Genealogist. Kenyatta D. Berry will discuss her Slave Ancestral Research on Universities Studying Slavery. Kenyatta D. Berry, Professional Genealogist, Entrepreneur and Attorney with over 20 years of experience in genealogical research and writing. She began her genealogical journey whilst in law school studying at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing. A native of Detroit, Berry graduated from Bates Academy, Cass Technical High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M....

Duration:00:59:34

The Basics of Gedmatch.com with Jason Lee, MD

3/9/2018
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GEDmatch provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for amateur and professional researchers and genealogists and most tools are free. You will need to upload autosomal DNA raw data to make use of their tools. Jason Lee, MD will walk the listeners through the basics of how to use the tools at Gedmatch.com to assist you in analyzing your DNA results. Jason Lee, MD has been a genetic genealogist for a little over 5 years. He is the administrator for the AncestryDNA Matching Facebook group...

Duration:01:26:12

Preparing Our Genealogical Blue Print for the Next Generation - Char McCargo Bah

2/16/2018
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This discussion is on documenting ourselves and leaving a blue print for future genealogist. We are the era of baby boomers; we have seen and participated in a lot of history in our life time. It will take 72-years or more after our death for our family to research us and, we can leave them a blue print so that they do not have to wait to find out about us. Char McCargo Bah is the CEO/Owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC. She has been a genealogist since 1981 and has appeared in television...

Duration:01:01:08

Left Behind: Peonage and Involuntary Servitude with Antoinette Harrell

2/9/2018
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Antoinette Harrell a Peonage Detective has spent countless hours in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., conducting peonage research in Class 50 (Peonage) Litigation Case Files, 1907 – 1973. The Class 50 litigation case files were created or accumulated by the Civil Rights Division in carrying out the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) responsibilities in matters arising under statutes implementing the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Many African Americans were physically forced...

Duration:01:04:03

GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Site with Christopher B. Thomas

2/2/2018
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The GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site has been established on the campus of GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission is located in the old African-American Brewer Hospital, the site and source of African-American healthcare in Greenwood County before desegregation. The site, adjacent to and part of the old Brewer School has its origins back to 1872, was chosen because of its historical significance to black life in Greenwood County. The birth home of Dr. Mays, previously...

Duration:01:02:17

African American History Etched in My DNA with Andre Kearns

1/26/2018
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Andre Kearns's research comes from the perspective of an African American genealogy hobbyist. Advances in DNA testing offer African Americans the possibility of leapfrogging brick walls created by slavery to connect to ancestral roots by analyzing family history documented within DNA. Andre will share strategies he’s used to advance his research as a hobbyist and highlight how he’s leveraged DNA testing to reveal white slave owning ancestors, uncover free people of color ancestors and...

Duration:01:14:15

Discovering Ties to Slavery With Genealogy and DNA with Nicka Smith

1/19/2018
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The history of slavery in America has made our DNA a complex cultural stew. In this episode, Nicka Smith combine traditional genealogy and DNA research to trace back to previously unknown but well documented enslaved ancestors. Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, and documentarian with more than 18 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also...

Duration:01:26:00