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Welcome to Research at the National Archives and Beyond! This show will provide individuals interested in genealogy 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".

Upcoming Broadcasts

The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family's Journey to Freedom with John F. Baker Jr. Genealogy expert John F. Baker Jr. was born in 1962, in Springfield, Tennessee and has lived his entire life just a few miles from Wessyngton Plantation, in a town populated by hundreds of descendants of its slaves. His book, The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family's Journey to Freedom, was published by Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster. When Baker was in the seventh grade, he discovered the story of his ancestors when he saw a photograph of four former slaves in his social studies textbook. Months later he learned that they were his grandmother's paternal grandparents, Emanuel and Henny Washington, who were once enslaved on Wessyngton Plantation. The plantation was founded in 1796 by Joseph Washington, a distant cousin of President Washington. He has interviewed dozens of individuals ranging from 80 to 107 years old to collect their oral histories. He studied more than 11,000 documents to trace the lives of his ancestors, the Washington family and more than 300 other African Americans enslaved on Wessyngton Plantation, the largest tobacco plantation in America. For more than thirty years through extensive historical research, Baker has created a groundbreaking work in African American history and American history.
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9pm Central, 8pm Eastern, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific Is genealogy only about who begat whom or would you consider thinking out of the box by creating a new way of researching and sharing your genealogical stories? Special... more

Join host Bernice Bennett and Genealogist/Film Producer Leonard Smith III for a discussion on how to preserve and honor the legends in your life through mini-documentaries. Mr. Smith has over thirty–seven years of experience... more

Join host Bernice Bennett and her special guest on blogging! Angela Walton-Raji is a nationally known genealogy researcher and advocate for other genealogists to join the blogging community. She has had an online presence for over 15... more

Join guest host Natonne Elaine Kemp for an engaging interview and discussion with Mrs. Gloria Ramsey Lucas concerning the Slave Records of Edgefield County, South Carolina. Gloria Ramsey Lucas followed her dreams and had a... more

The African American Odyssey of John Kizell (A South Carolina Slave Returns to Fight the Slave Trade in His African Homeland) Join host Bernice Bennett and co-host Natonne Elaine Kemp for an engaging conversation with author and... more

RECLAIMING GRIMES: THE FIRST FUGITIVE SLAVE NARRATIVE WITH REGINA E. MASON! Join Regina E. Mason the great great great granddaugther of William Grimes for a moving discussion of her research and discovery of... more

Join host Bernice Bennett on her road trip to Memphis, Tennesee with Tina Sansone on the genealogical resources available in Tennessee. Tina Sansone is the 2012-2014 Vice President of the Tennessee Genealogical Society and the... more

10am central and 11 am est. Join host Bernice Bennett on her road trip to Louisiana. Special guest Clark Forrest, Jr., EdD, will discuss the History of Livingston Parish and the Edward Livingston Historical Association. (Please note... more

Do you have a genealogy story that is a true miracle? Listeners and contrIbutors are encouraged to call in to share one family story. Two books will be awarded to callers who can share a 1 minute "true miracle story". Join host Bernice Bennett... more

Special guest Thomas MacEntee provided a lively discussion on resources to find the living. Michael Williams also shared his journey to find his biological family. Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of... more

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