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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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Marcellaus A. Joiner: Supervisor of the Heritage Research Center at the High Point Public Library and the Archivist for the High Point Museum in High Point, North Carolina. Marcellaus has a B.A.in History from North Carolina A&T State University and a Masters of Library Science from North Carolina Central University. He has proudly worked in the Archives and Library field for over the past 8 years. He is also a member of the Kappa Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. Marcellaus A. Joiner will discuss his research on his Neal family's past as well as discuss how his career played a large part in his family research findings. In addition, this discussion will focus on how Marcellaus linked his family to William Neal the slave owner of Greene County, Georgia. This fascinating story and research will explore how he discovered that his third great grandmother Zilphy Ann Neal was owned by William Neal and that they had seven children together. His 2nd great grandfather John Neal was the only child that he could find in his research that moved away from Georgia in the early 20's. One of Marcellaus major reasons for doing this research is to help reestablish these family lines.
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Dower Slaves and Administrative Court Action Court minutes are a chronological listing of events and persons presented to the appropriate assembly or court. They are rarely indexed by name, but contain very rich genealogical... more

Bernice Bennett welcomes Joanne Abel for a discussion of the Jeanes Teachers and their community organizing work to build Rosenwald Schools. Joanne Abel, adult programming and humanities librarian at Durham County Library,... more

?To Do The Next Needed Thing?: Jeanes Teachers and the Freedom Struggle Do you know who the Jeanes Teachers are and their role in the education of African American children in rural America? Bernice Bennett welcomes Dr.... more

?My experience in the military was certainly an important inspiration and foundation in researching the history of the Black Military. It is story of a people who in spite of injustice, continue to be the most patriotic of Americans.?... more

Bernice Bennett welcomes renowned Genealogist - Angela Walton-Raji for a conversation on challenges and opportunities facing the African American genealogy researchers. Angela Walton-Raji is known nationally for her research... more

The Inventive Spirit and African American Patented Ingenuity by Author, Patricia Carter Sluby Sluby details the plight of inventive slaves during the antebellum and Civil War eras and juxtaposes with their efforts with free blacks of the same... more

Learn how Cluster Research helped to unravel the history of a family in 19th Century New York! Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City Yale UP, 2011- is a social and cultural... more

"Do Your Roots Need Untangling? If So, Try Stepping Out on a Limb! Cluster Genealogy May Hold the Clue" "Our ancestors lived among many, therefore we can not research them as if they lived in isolation. Researching our family... more

Bernice Bennett welcomes a live re-enactment from the auction block and the dangers of the Underground Railroad, two brave women and one child escaped the bonds of slavery. The Religious Society of Friends or Quakers... more

Have you ever traced your family through a maze of intriguing documents and discovered politicians, land owners, socialites, and key decision makers in the community? What about family members who are both free people of color and... more