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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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Host Bernice Bennett welcomes Dr. Evelyn McDowell, LaBrenda Garrett Nelson, and Muriel D. Roberts for a discussion on a new lineage society - the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. The discussion will focus on the organization (creation & purpose); why join a lineage society and the process to join this society. Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage (SDUSMP) is a lineage society that is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the memory, education, and historic preservation of the artifacts and landmarks of slavery in the United States and its economic, psychological, and cultural impact on today's society. Evelyn Aniton McDowell, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She currently serves as founder and President of Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage (SDUSMP), a heritage society for descendants of Africans who were enslaved in colonial America and in the United States of America. Through genealogical research, she has found over 35 enslaved ancestors. LaBrenda Garrett- Nelson, CG(sm) is the Registrar General of SDUSMP, responsible for reviewing the sufficiency of applications. Board-certified since 2015, she is also a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and a frequent speaker at national and local venues. In 2016 she published a guide for researching African Americans in her home county of Laurens, South Carolina, a book that was hailed as an important model for other SC counties. Muriel D. Roberts is serving her 3rd year as Secretary and 9th year as Membership Chairperson for the New Jersey Chapter of the Afro–American Historical and Genealogical Society. She is a charter member of SDUSMP, honoring ancestor Melendia Dixon.
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