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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".

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Join genealogist, Sharon Batiste Gillins for a discussion of Record Group 105 of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. She will share her experiences in locating records in this rich genealogical resource available at the National Archives. The Freedmen's Bureau was established in the War Department by an act of Congress on March 3, 1865. The life of the Bureau was extended twice by acts of July 16, 1866 and July 6, 1868. The Bureau was responsible for the supervision and management of all matters relating to refugees and freedmen, and of lands abandoned or seized during the Civil War. Sharon Batiste Gillins is a native of Galveston, Texas with paternal ancestral roots in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana and maternal roots in Fort Bend County, Texas. A life-long interest in her family's history led to an active involvement in researching African American family history over the past 25 years. While researching her own family, she developed an in interest in unique and under-utilized record systems and record groups. Some of her more recent work focuses on strategies researchers can use to analyze Louisiana's Freedmen's Bureau field office records for revealing, often personal information on freedmen ancestors. Ms. Gillins is a member of the Galveston Historical Society, National Genealogical Society, and Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. A retired Associate Professor at Riverside City College, she frequently calls upon her career background as a college educator to present workshops or deliver courses at regional and national conferences and genealogical institutes. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham.
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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

Join Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly with host Bernice Bennett for an exciting discussion of the African Americans presence in Brooklyn, and their long residence in Bedford Township (today's Bedford-Stuyvesant) and the Dutch... more

Lynne M. Jackson, Dred Scott's Great-great granddaughter, shares what family research has revealed in the last five years that amazed living family members. The famous slave's goal, whose freedom suit was a major catalyst for the civil... more

8pm central and 9 pm eastern Join Derek S. Davey for an exciting exploration of available collections at libraries and educational institutions in Ohio and Michigan as well various genealogical groups that specialize in this region. Derek... more

‘From Shanghai to Harlem,' is journalist and genealogist Sylvia Wong Lewis' narrative about her multicultural family's journey that includes slavery, indentured servitude, exploitation, courage, intrigue, determination and triumph.... more

Finding Your Ancestors in the Freedmen Bureau Records between 1865-1872. Host - Bernice Alexander Bennett and Co-Host - Natonne Elaine Kemp. Selma Stewart will discuss and provide examples of what is available and how to use... more

Do you want to know where to begin your research in Maryland? Have you discovered a link to Maryland in the census and other documents? Callers and chatters are encouraged to come with your burning questions for this exciting... more

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