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Research at the National Archives and Beyond!

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Research at the National Archives and Beyond!

Research at the National Archives and Beyond!

BerniceBennett

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Welcome to Research at the National Archives and Beyond. This show will provide individuals interested in genealogy and history an opportunity to listen, learn and take action.During this pandemic I will have a wonderful line up of experts who will share resources, stories and answer your burning genealogy questions. All of my guests share a deep passion and knowledge of genealogy and history.My goal is to reach individuals who are thinking about tracing their family roots; beginners who have already started and others who believe that continuous learning is the key to finding answers. "Remember, your ancestors left footprints".

Latest Episodes

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 ofThe 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 min3 w ago
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Go Tell It On the Mountain: Rev. W.J. Hightower with James Morgan lll

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.

47 minOCT 30
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Preserving Sites of Power, Prestige, and Significance with Dr. Joy G. Kinard

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: SiblingSummation techniques, various DNA testing company’s data holdings, GEDmatch and DNA Paintertosuccessfully find distant DNA matches in Nigeria and Senegal using these methods. Finding your family’s Kunta Kinte is rewarding and will providea 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 successfulanalysis 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 valida...

45 minOCT 23
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Using Multiple Sources to Find Your Family’s “Kunta Kinte” with Jerome Spears

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...

29 minOCT 9
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My Sister's Keeper: Wholistic Wellness Reimagined with Katrina Kimble

Center for Healing and Racial Trauma with Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons

Learn about the Center for Healing Racial Trauma withDr. Candice Nicole Hargons. Intervention: The Center for Healing Racial Trauma is dedicated to using love, liberation, equity, and creativity informed therapeutic interventions to help racially/ethnically marginalized people heal from racism. Prevention: The Center for Healing Racial Trauma additionally provides continuing education and training for mental health, education, business, religious, and medical professionals, and we engage in and support activist work, to create an anti-racist world. Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons is an award-winning assistant professor of counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky, where she studies sex, social justice, and leadership – all with a love ethic. She is also the founding director of the Center for Healing Racial Trauma.Dr. Hargons is the creator of the Ally + Accomplice Meditation for Cultivating an Anti-Racist Mindset and the Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma...

42 minOCT 2
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Center for Healing and Racial Trauma with Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons

Freedmen of the Frontier - Vols. 1 and 2 with Angela Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji is known nationally for her research and work on Oklahoma Native American records. Her bookBlack Indian Genealogy Research, African Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, is the only book of its kind focusing on the unique record sets pertaining to the Oklahoma Freedmen. Angela has published two volumes called Freedmen of the Frontier from a blogging project that unfolded in 2017. The goal was to document 52 families from Indian Territory in 52 weeks.By the end of that year, 52 family histories had been placed on the African-Native American Genealogy blog. The families covered in the books are Indian tribal Freedmen---people who were once enslaved by Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole Indians. Many of the elders in some of the families highlighted, were people who were brought to Indian Territory on the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears is the same journey that forced those tribes from their homes in the southeast to the west. The lesser known...

51 minSEP 25
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Freedmen of the Frontier - Vols. 1 and 2 with Angela Walton-Raji

Nancy & William Syphax - From Slavery to Freedom with Steve Hammond

A Denver, Colorado native, Mr. Stephen Hammond is a retired federal employee having spent his entire 40-year career as an earth scientist with the United States Geological Survey. He is now a Scientist Emeritus with the agency. Steve has now swapped his full-time geology work for genealogy and family history research. It is a hobby he’s had since he was in grade school. His goals are to educate and inspire others to document their own family history. He is a 7th generation member of the Syphax family of Washington, DC; a line that moved by force to New Orleans and then by choice to Denver. He has participated in a variety of National Park Service programs at the Arlington House – the Robert E. Lee Memorial to highlight the lives of his Syphax ancestors and other enslaved Americans on the estate. He has spoken at the African American Civil War Museum and the historic Decatur House on Lafayette Square both in Washington, DC and has contributed to exhibits at George Washington’s Mou...

46 minSEP 18
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Nancy & William Syphax - From Slavery to Freedom with Steve Hammond

Finding Female Ancestors When Few Clues Exist with Viola Baskerville

Telling Her Story: Finding Female Ancestors When Few Clues Exist” Viola Osborne Baskerville is a Richmond native who has been tracing several lines of her own family history for over thirty years. Brief sketches about three family matriarchs led her on a hunt to find out more about them. Ms. Baskerville is a member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Greater Richmond VA Chapter as well as a member of ASALH, Richmond Chapter. She received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa, College of Law. As a public servant, she advocated for the preservation of Virginia’s African American history through placing statues and historical markers, most notably a monument to Arthur Ashe in Richmond and a plaque naming and honoring Virginia’s Black Reconstruction Era state lawmakers at the Capitol.In addition, Ms. Baskerville secured state funded scholarships for former students locked out of Virginia’s scho...

42 minSEP 11
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Finding Female Ancestors When Few Clues Exist with Viola Baskerville

An 1829 Slave Bill of Sale & A Question with Janice Cross-Gilyard

How an 1829 Slave Bill of Sale & A Question Connects Janice Cross-Gilyard to her 5th Great-Grandmother, Willoughby McWhite. Janice Cross-Gilyard will share how a segment from the PBS Show – The History Detectives has impacted her genealogy research. Jeanie Hans (From Wichita, Kansas) found a box of her grandfather’s possessions. Among some books and old gun manuals, she found a disturbing document: an 1829 ‘Bill of Sale’ for the purchase of a 17-year old “negro girl” named Willoby. Jeanie wants to know more about this young girl. Jeanie asks host Eduardo Pagan to find out what happened to Willoby. (Source: PBS Program – The History Detectives) https://www.pbs.org/video/history-detectives-bill-sale/ Janice Cross-Gilyard is a Charter Member of The Harriet Tubman Chapter of Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. She also joined the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society – New Jersey Chapter in March of 2016 and currently serves as President, Editor of ...

38 minSEP 4
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An 1829 Slave Bill of Sale & A Question with Janice Cross-Gilyard

Finding Calvin with Renate Yarborough Sanders

Renate began seriously researching her paternal Yarborough line in 1997, after the death of her father. Shelearned that the progenitor of this line,her great-grandfather, Calvin, had been enslaved in North Carolina for the first 25 years of his life, and that during that time, he had multiple owners. Renate shares Calvin's slavery story on numerous platforms - at workshops and conferences, on webinars, and through her blog, "Into the LIGHT;" and is still working continuously to uncover more details of his life, both before and after emancipation. Renate Yarborough Sanders has been formally engaged in genealogy research for 23 years. She is the descendant of enslaved ancestors, as well as enslavers and free people of color. Renate authors two blogs: “Into the LIGHT”, focused on her own family history; and, “Genea-Related”, a platform for presenting a variety of information of genealogical interest. Renate also produces a “(Mostly) African-American Funeral Programs” online datab...

49 minAUG 28
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Finding Calvin with Renate Yarborough Sanders

Latest Episodes

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 ofThe 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 min3 w ago
Comments
Go Tell It On the Mountain: Rev. W.J. Hightower with James Morgan lll

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.

47 minOCT 30
Comments
Preserving Sites of Power, Prestige, and Significance with Dr. Joy G. Kinard

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: SiblingSummation techniques, various DNA testing company’s data holdings, GEDmatch and DNA Paintertosuccessfully find distant DNA matches in Nigeria and Senegal using these methods. Finding your family’s Kunta Kinte is rewarding and will providea 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 successfulanalysis 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 valida...

45 minOCT 23
Comments
Using Multiple Sources to Find Your Family’s “Kunta Kinte” with Jerome Spears

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...

29 minOCT 9
Comments
My Sister's Keeper: Wholistic Wellness Reimagined with Katrina Kimble

Center for Healing and Racial Trauma with Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons

Learn about the Center for Healing Racial Trauma withDr. Candice Nicole Hargons. Intervention: The Center for Healing Racial Trauma is dedicated to using love, liberation, equity, and creativity informed therapeutic interventions to help racially/ethnically marginalized people heal from racism. Prevention: The Center for Healing Racial Trauma additionally provides continuing education and training for mental health, education, business, religious, and medical professionals, and we engage in and support activist work, to create an anti-racist world. Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons is an award-winning assistant professor of counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky, where she studies sex, social justice, and leadership – all with a love ethic. She is also the founding director of the Center for Healing Racial Trauma.Dr. Hargons is the creator of the Ally + Accomplice Meditation for Cultivating an Anti-Racist Mindset and the Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma...

42 minOCT 2
Comments
Center for Healing and Racial Trauma with Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons

Freedmen of the Frontier - Vols. 1 and 2 with Angela Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji is known nationally for her research and work on Oklahoma Native American records. Her bookBlack Indian Genealogy Research, African Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, is the only book of its kind focusing on the unique record sets pertaining to the Oklahoma Freedmen. Angela has published two volumes called Freedmen of the Frontier from a blogging project that unfolded in 2017. The goal was to document 52 families from Indian Territory in 52 weeks.By the end of that year, 52 family histories had been placed on the African-Native American Genealogy blog. The families covered in the books are Indian tribal Freedmen---people who were once enslaved by Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole Indians. Many of the elders in some of the families highlighted, were people who were brought to Indian Territory on the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears is the same journey that forced those tribes from their homes in the southeast to the west. The lesser known...

51 minSEP 25
Comments
Freedmen of the Frontier - Vols. 1 and 2 with Angela Walton-Raji

Nancy & William Syphax - From Slavery to Freedom with Steve Hammond

A Denver, Colorado native, Mr. Stephen Hammond is a retired federal employee having spent his entire 40-year career as an earth scientist with the United States Geological Survey. He is now a Scientist Emeritus with the agency. Steve has now swapped his full-time geology work for genealogy and family history research. It is a hobby he’s had since he was in grade school. His goals are to educate and inspire others to document their own family history. He is a 7th generation member of the Syphax family of Washington, DC; a line that moved by force to New Orleans and then by choice to Denver. He has participated in a variety of National Park Service programs at the Arlington House – the Robert E. Lee Memorial to highlight the lives of his Syphax ancestors and other enslaved Americans on the estate. He has spoken at the African American Civil War Museum and the historic Decatur House on Lafayette Square both in Washington, DC and has contributed to exhibits at George Washington’s Mou...

46 minSEP 18
Comments
Nancy & William Syphax - From Slavery to Freedom with Steve Hammond

Finding Female Ancestors When Few Clues Exist with Viola Baskerville

Telling Her Story: Finding Female Ancestors When Few Clues Exist” Viola Osborne Baskerville is a Richmond native who has been tracing several lines of her own family history for over thirty years. Brief sketches about three family matriarchs led her on a hunt to find out more about them. Ms. Baskerville is a member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Greater Richmond VA Chapter as well as a member of ASALH, Richmond Chapter. She received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa, College of Law. As a public servant, she advocated for the preservation of Virginia’s African American history through placing statues and historical markers, most notably a monument to Arthur Ashe in Richmond and a plaque naming and honoring Virginia’s Black Reconstruction Era state lawmakers at the Capitol.In addition, Ms. Baskerville secured state funded scholarships for former students locked out of Virginia’s scho...

42 minSEP 11
Comments
Finding Female Ancestors When Few Clues Exist with Viola Baskerville

An 1829 Slave Bill of Sale & A Question with Janice Cross-Gilyard

How an 1829 Slave Bill of Sale & A Question Connects Janice Cross-Gilyard to her 5th Great-Grandmother, Willoughby McWhite. Janice Cross-Gilyard will share how a segment from the PBS Show – The History Detectives has impacted her genealogy research. Jeanie Hans (From Wichita, Kansas) found a box of her grandfather’s possessions. Among some books and old gun manuals, she found a disturbing document: an 1829 ‘Bill of Sale’ for the purchase of a 17-year old “negro girl” named Willoby. Jeanie wants to know more about this young girl. Jeanie asks host Eduardo Pagan to find out what happened to Willoby. (Source: PBS Program – The History Detectives) https://www.pbs.org/video/history-detectives-bill-sale/ Janice Cross-Gilyard is a Charter Member of The Harriet Tubman Chapter of Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. She also joined the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society – New Jersey Chapter in March of 2016 and currently serves as President, Editor of ...

38 minSEP 4
Comments
An 1829 Slave Bill of Sale & A Question with Janice Cross-Gilyard

Finding Calvin with Renate Yarborough Sanders

Renate began seriously researching her paternal Yarborough line in 1997, after the death of her father. Shelearned that the progenitor of this line,her great-grandfather, Calvin, had been enslaved in North Carolina for the first 25 years of his life, and that during that time, he had multiple owners. Renate shares Calvin's slavery story on numerous platforms - at workshops and conferences, on webinars, and through her blog, "Into the LIGHT;" and is still working continuously to uncover more details of his life, both before and after emancipation. Renate Yarborough Sanders has been formally engaged in genealogy research for 23 years. She is the descendant of enslaved ancestors, as well as enslavers and free people of color. Renate authors two blogs: “Into the LIGHT”, focused on her own family history; and, “Genea-Related”, a platform for presenting a variety of information of genealogical interest. Renate also produces a “(Mostly) African-American Funeral Programs” online datab...

49 minAUG 28
Comments
Finding Calvin with Renate Yarborough Sanders
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