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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. You can join me every Thursday at 9 pm Eastern, 8 pm Central, 7pm Mountain and 6 pm Pacific where 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".

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Tithe, Time, and Talent: African Americans, Philanthropy, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1925-1968 addresses an important gap in civil rights historiography that centers on philanthropy, volunteerism, and fundraising. Philanthropy has been an immutable part of the American experience since the late sixteenth century. Since money is often emphasized as the highest form of contributory assistance, philanthropic studies frequently fail to take into account the socio-cultural value of time, expertise, and the exchange of goods and services. African Americans hampered by enslavement, economic disparity, exclusion and social inequality entrenched in White supremacy, were forced to operate clandestinely. ?Hidden in plain sight,? their self-help initiatives though silent and informal, were orchestrated through the church, fraternal orders, benevolent and burial societies. Practiced under the guise of self-care and community uplift, African Americans maintained schools, purchased land, operated soup kitchens, and created socio-political institutions that offered protection against a hostile world. While there are myriad numbers of ways of understanding how African Americans actualized philanthropy, the documentation of their charitable activities have been more easily qualified than quantified. As a result, documentation of their efforts has been grossly underestimated and they have become artificially marginalized as recipients and never as providers. Dr. Rhonda Jones is a proficient scholar, researcher, and instructor who specializes in Public History, Archives, Digital History, United States History, Oral History, African American Philanthropy, the Civil Rights Movement, and International Documentary Studies.
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This program will examine the suppressed history of the commercialization of Race and Race Consciousness through the lense of sheet music and early sound recordings of turn of the century Coon Songs and Minstrel Shows produced by... more

Pension Files of African Americans in the War of 1812 We are natives of this country; we ask only to be treated as well as foreigners. Not a few of our fathers suffered and bled to purchase its independence; we ask only to be treated as... more

Letters From Edgar's Trunk is a fascinating account of Black civilian life in rural Virginia during World War I as reflected in letters between James Edgar Thornton, his family and friends. This collection of letters not only captures the... more

Have you searched for records and finally found that special person you have been looking for? So what? What does the record tell you? Is this all that you need? Join Dr. Shelley Murphy, aka "familytreegirl" for a discussion on the "SO... more

Dr. Adam Arenson discusses his ongoing research about African North Americans—those men and women, born free or enslaved, who crossed or re-crossed the U.S.-Canada border in the era of emancipation, Civil War, and... more

Author and Genealogist Robyn Smith has been researching her family and others for 18 years. An engineer by day, Robyn makes good use of those research and problem-solving skills in the field of genealogy. She specializes in Maryland... more

Join Zann Nelson and Elizabeth Chew for a discussion on the following topics: African American research in Virginia: (challenges, what works, successes) Why is it important? How Montpelier's African American heritage project differs... more

Join Genealogist Judy Riffel and Patricia Bayonne-Johnson- a descendant of one of the Georgetown slaves for a discussion of the Georgetown Memory project. The Georgetown slaves were unusual in two ways, according to Georgetown... more

Slaves Waiting For Sale In 1853, Eyre Crowe, a young British artist, visited a slave auction in Richmond, Virginia. Harrowed by what he witnessed, he captured the scene in sketches that he would later develop into a series of... more