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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".

Upcoming Broadcasts

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 relatives that were engaged in the Civil Rights movement throughout the South. Ms. Harrell will use a case example of Mr. Herbert Lee a Civil Rights leader from Amite County, Mississippi to illustrate what was documented in Federal Records about him. Antoinette Harrell, a renowned genealogist, author and blogger whose genealogical research has been featured on Nightline News, People Magazine and many other national and international public media. Harrell is the host and producer of Nurturing Our Roots Television and Nurturing Our Roots Blog Talk Radio and was appointed Honorary Attorney General in the State of Louisiana in 2003 for her studies in genealogy. She is also one of the recipients of the ASLAH Award in 2013 for her outstanding services as a humanitarian activist and film maker and has been featured in ?Chronicle On Civil Rights? & Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles a National Movement. The Department of Justice Records are available under the Civil Rights Division at the National Archives. The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.
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On-Demand Episodes

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

Previously aired in September- 2011. Please join host Bernice Alexander Bennett and her special guest Antoinette Harrell - genealogist, family historian & host of Nurturing Our Roots Educational Television Program. Antoinette has conducted... more

9pm est and 8pm central Join Marion Woodfork Simmons with host Bernice Bennett for a discussion on preserving local history. Marion Woodfork Simmons has been researching her family history for over 20 years. She is the owner of... more

Join LaDonna Garner and Host Bernice Bennett and Co-Host Natonne Elaine Kemp for a discussion concerning the plight of Black Cemeteries and the process of documenting and preserving abandoned and neglected African American... more

Join Host Bernice Alexander Bennett and the faculty of the recent Third Annual Genealogy Conference of the St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society for a discussion on an array of genealogy topics. Guest will include -... more