Just a quick post to tell you all to go check my guest post over on Lisa Lisson’s blog – Are You My Cousin?. My post talks about the use of the Slave Narratives for genealogy research. Go check out your girl at http://lisalisson.com/2016/02/19/using-the-slave-narratives-for-african-american-research/. 🙂
These past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to engage in a rather interesting experiment. The hubby teaches at a local HBCU and in his course, Introduction to Africana Studies, we had the students do a family tree assignment. It was so interesting!
Specifically, it was the first time I’ve ever put together an “official” instruction on completing your family tree and getting started in genealogy research. My goals for the classes were to keep it simple though. My outline was as follows:
- Each student registered for a FamilySearch account (perfect platform b/c it’s free!)
- I asked them to complete a basic 4-generation pedigree on paper first
- then, document their family in FamilySearch Family Tree & submit a screenshot of the portrait view of their tree
- and an important component of the process was for them to interview family members
Overall, many of the students reported the assignment was a rewarding experience. I can’t tell you how heartwarming it was to read their reports about the exercise and how it helped them appreciate their families more. Many students reported how excited their parents, grandparents, etc. were that they were asking. It made me smile on the inside each time. 🙂
Of course, there were students who had more difficult experiences, such as not being close enough on one side of their family to be privy to any information and that was heartbreaking at times. But, all in all, even they did what the could and chose to focus on the part of their tree where they could do more.
Now that we are at the end of this exercise, there are more families now documented in Family Tree now ready for others to find and build upon. And, most importantly, perhaps one of them will truly be inspired to continue what they started. Just trying to do my part!
African-American Genealogy + Technology — a formula after my own heart! Over the past several months, fellow geneablogger Luckie Daniels, has been engaged in helping others really push forward with their slave-based genealogical research through the group African-American Genealogy and Slave Ancestor Research. One very important aspect of the groups efforts are to fully engage technology in the process — thus, participants are either blogging already, or become bloggers as a way to communicate their processes and document their family stories. You may know by now that I am very much into using technology and I just LOVE the groups’ goals!
One more recent initiatives of the group is the creation of a new BlogTalkRadio show. Called “You Got Roots?” the radio show will help inspire and move forward the conversations around this very important work. I am so pleased to share that this Sunday, March 16th, at 6pm EST, yours truly will be a guest on the show, along with Cornell University Historian Edward E. Baptist.
Won’t you listen in and check us out? More details at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aagsaryougotroots/2014/03/16/genealogy-people-of-color-where-are-we-on-the-journey.
Had another great day at the Annual Conference of the African-American Historical and Genealogical Society today! This morning I did my 2nd presentation – one that discusses the potential of using WordPress for genealogy. If you know me, you know I love WordPress, so I was more than pleased to spend the time sharing it with attendees and answering many questions. I have uploaded my slides and my handout for your reference if interested.
After my presentation the family and I attended the lunch session and had the opportunity to hear Ms. Ashley Bouknight speak. She is the Assistant Curator at the Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, and gave a presentation about the former enslaved persons of the estate and what is known about them. Some very interesting information. I visited the Hermitage in January with the kids and learned a lot then. I still have some follow-up I want to do about one of the former enslaved in particular, so I’ll need to reach out to Ashley!
Lunch was a serving of crusted salmon, chicken, broccoli and sweet potatoes. Quite tasty.
The conference planning was done in large part by our Nashville AAHGS Chapter officers Chajuan and Pamela. They did a wonderful job and were acknowledged for their efforts by AAHGS President Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis. They definitely deserved it!
And, look who had her picture taken with Mrs. Carrie Gentry! Mrs. Gentry is celebrating a birthday tomorrow and Kaleya’s is Wednesday. Everyone sang happy birthday to Mrs. Gentry and Tamela asked everyone to also wish Kaleya a happy birthday – how kind!
I had such a great time overall. As my first genealogy conference I really enjoyed getting to meet everyone. Perhaps next year I will actually be able to go and attend sessions! Thanks everyone. 🙂
Well, that I don’t know! But, I do know that 2012 was full of great genealogy activities for me and I look forward to what this next year will bring. I have not blogged as much as I’d like because I have been busy, yet, I hope that changes in 2013. Check out my wordle for my 2012 blog posts – I do find it particularly telling what I talked about 🙂
What are some of my genealogy highlights from 2012?
- did my WordPress netizen duty and discussed how awesome it is for genealogy in my first web radio shows and online webinars. They were great and I’ll be doing more this year.
- became a member of the Federation of Genealogy Societies’ Education and Website Reviews Committees
- coordinated a very successful indexing group for the 1940 US Census Community Indexing Project
- heard from a woman with family connections to Alex Haley’s Roots family story – amazing!
- met and helped a woman from Spain get better in touch with her Nashville family connections
- practically had a “virtual” family reunion one weekend while my family was having a real one in NC
- learned a co-worker and I had family that knew each other
- found the son of Fisk University’s first Archivist, David Wilson, so the Society of American Archivists could honor Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson’s son share pictures that not even Fisk University had!
- saw new pictures of my paternal grandfather
- I even started a spreadsheet tracking my genealogy activities through the year and have managed to keep it up since Jan 2012. It is crazy to see all my effort documented.
What’s in store (that I know of) for 2013?
- We are planning some great database additions for the TNGenWeb and have had a great group of volunteers helping out
- I’ll be doing a webinar as part of the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree Extension Series
- I am helping with Nashville’s chapter of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society by building their new website, special projects and helping with the hosting of the national conference this year in Nashville
Along with these things, I continue to be very proud of my involvement with the USGenWeb project and our mission to bring free genealogy online for researchers. I am State Coordinator for TNGenWeb, Asst. State Coordinator and Webmaster for NCGenWeb, and Assistant State Coordinator for FLGenWeb, so when I’m not working on my own stuff, you can find me sharing happily for these groups. 🙂
Bring it on 2013!
Approximately two years ago, I created an online site to help me organize all the great books and resources I was finding on the Internet Archive’s website. I call it my Genealogy Digital Bookshelf. I have been posting to it sporadically, but have been using it pretty regularly as my genealogy research takes me from state to state.
Recently, I decided to freshen-up the site and will start posting to it more regularly. I updated the theme, and added several pictures of libraries – just to make it feel more “authentic.” 🙂
I encourage you to follow along – you never know what may turn out to be of interest. There is an RSS Feed, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account. Visit the site – look on the right sidebar and choose.
Had an urge tonight to update my Black Nashville Genealogy & History blog tonight, so check out the new design:
I have not posted to that blog often at all in the past two years, but am going to try to work it back into my editorial calendar 🙂
This week I received in the mail the latest issue of The Florida Genealogist, the publication of the Florida State Genealogical Society. I submitted information to the journal that is extracted from my index I donated to the NCGenWeb Project of students attending North Carolina colleges. Of course there were students from all over, not just NC, so I’m trying to think of ways to further spread the information so that it is in the hands of those who could use it the most. Thus, I submitted to the society a list of students from Florida. The first installment is now published and I received my complimentary copy in the mail.
I am not a member of the society and this was the first issue of The Florida Genealogist that I’ve seen. I have to say I was impressed! I like the layout the team has chosen to use, the cover art, the quality of the information included in the issue, and of course, the name index at the back. Kudos!
In addition to my contribution, this issue also contains:
- Florida’s First Federal Employees: 1821-1825 – by Robert S. Davis, Director of the Family and Regional History Program at Wallace College — listing of federal employees who appeared in US government registers
- Life and Death in Pensacola, Florida, 1763-1821: Searching for the Hidden People of St. Michael’s Cemetery – Part Two by Siska Williams and Kendra Kennedy — summarizes findings from a project to document and illuminate the presence of unmarked burials in the cemetery
- Record of Examinations for Single Surgeon Dr. Thomas H. Hammond, Oxford, Florida 1896-1903 – transcribed by Ann Bergelt and Anza Bast — data from the doctor’s medical examination records of men for pension applications or who were seeking to increase an existing pension allowance.
- Florida Pioneer Descendant Biographies — brief bios of pioneer settlers
- PDF and/or ePUB version please. Thank you. No need to waste paper for me. 🙂
- Put the tables of contents of past issues online. They’ve done a great job with putting the newsletters online so if now they would do the journal that would be great!
- put the name name index (comprehensive across multiple issues if possible), online
In the spirit of The Geneaholic, I’ve decided to keep a short list of my genealogy activities. Sometimes, the fruits of my work end up posted to the blog, but more often than not, I’ll find that I spend time working on something and not post about it. Also, I think it would be helpful for me to have a month-by-month breakdown of what I’ve worked on genealogically, in addition to my more in-depth blog posts. So, in that vein, I’m starting a series of posts title Genealogy Activities Synopsis.