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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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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository of the permanently valuable records of the U.S. Government. NARA's vast holdings document the lives and experiences of persons who interacted with the Federal Government. The records created by post-Civil War Federal Agencies are perhaps some of the most important records available for the study of black family life and genealogy. This discussion will focus on NARA's Reference Information Paper 108. This reference information paper describes three post-Civil War Federal agencie's records: the Bureau of Refugee's, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands; the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company; and the Commissioner's of Claims. Case examples will be shared to illustrate the value of researching these important records. Reginald Washington is a retired archivist/ genealogy specialist with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). He lectures frequently on records and research procedures at the National Archives, and has served as the African-American Genealogy Subject Area Specialist at NARA. He has spoken at conferences of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Institute on Genealogical Research, and numerous local genealogical societies and clubs.
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Using Civil Rights Records to Find The Story In Your Community and Family Please join genealogist and family historian Antoinette Harrell for a discussion of how and why researchers will want to explore the Civil Rights records to find... more

Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade -- -- is the chronicle of a shared journey toward racial reconciliation. Informed by genealogy, it deals with race, social justice and... more

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"THE BLACK LOGGERS OF WALLOWA COUNTY, OR" In 1923, the Bowman-Hicks Lumber Company of Missouri built Maxville, a logging camp in Wallowa County, Oregon and brought 40-60 African American loggers as part of... more

Many Americans of African descent have thought that connecting with their African kin was next to impossible, yet Carol Hector-Harris has done just that. Not only did she visit Ghana but she also met relatives. She is the fifth... more

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Solomon Northup's descendants share their insights. Vera J. Williams - President of the Solomon Northup Foundation Justin Gilliam - Chief Executive Officer Clayton J. Adams - Historian and Executive Director Eileen Jackson - Regional... more

Join Author Teresa R. Kemp for a discussion of her new book "Keeper Of The Fire". This book discusses her Gullah Geechie culture and includes 480 pages of heritage research done by five generations of her family documenting their... more

Did you know that the majority of Freedmen's Bureau records are now digitized and available online for free, as well as the records of other institutions that served newly-freed African Americans during Reconstruction? Angela... more

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