Saturday, April 28, 2007

African-American Research - watch Roots Television

The 28th annual Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) Conference was held last October in Salt Lake City. There were many presentations concerning researching African-American ancestry.

The Roots Television Program Guide has added several talks to their long list of genealogy videos. Included are (several have 3 or 4 parts to them):

1) "Where Should I Start: Beginning Research on" by Adele Marcum.

2) "Beyond the Dawes Rolls: Black Indian Genealogy East of the Mississippi" by Angela Walton-Raji.

3) "Trails Back - Tracing Ancestors in Slavery Through Census, Probate and Land Records" by Beth Wilson.

4) "Roots West: African-American History in the Trans-Mississippi West" by Dr. Quintard Taylor.

5) "Finding Records of Your Ancestors: 1870 to Present" by Mary Hill.

6) Howard Dodson, Chief of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library

7) Spencer Crew, CEO of the Cincinnati National Underground Railroad Freedom Center discusses the activities and achievements of the Underground Railroad.

I watched parts of several of these talks, and they are extremely well done. If you are just starting out in African-American research, watching these videos may be very helpful to you. Even if you don't have African-American ancestry, the talks are interesting and informative.

I continue to believe that, if the profession and hobby of genealogy and family history research is to thrive, video learning will be the engine that drives it into the younger generations. Roots Television is doing a great thing by collecting and making available these videos from conferences and other venues for all researchers - young or old, novice or experienced - to watch and learn from. And the best part of it is - so far it's available for FREE.

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