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  • 01:14

    Why Should You Consider Joining A Lineage Society? Shelley Murphy & True Lewis

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    Have you considered joining a lineage society?  Why is a lineage society important?  Do you know what information and research is required to qualify for membership?   Dr. Shelley Murphy and True Lewis will answer your questions and discuss the research and documentation process to prove your ancestors connection to the Revolutionary War.  Chatters are encouraged to call in to share their thoughts and research on joining a lineage society.

    Dr. Shelley Murphy, aka "familytreegirl" is a native of Michigan. Shelley has been an avid genealogist for over 25 years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, & Murphy, etc. family lines. She attends and presents at local and national conferences and currently works for a nonprofit and serves as adjunct faculty at Averett University. In addition, Shelley is a Coordinator of the Track 1 for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute.  The only Institute developed exclusively to address the issues associated with African American Research.

    True Lewis is a Family Historian & Geneablogger for her personal diary and family history research work on  MyTrueRoots.com . She was also a guest on the Season 2 - Genealogy Roadshow St. Louis Episode.

    She is also the Family Historian for www.ike-iveryfamily.org in Honor of Ike Ivery his 3 wives and 23 Children. 


  • 01:24

    Finding Samuel Lowe with Paula Williams Madison

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    Finding Samuel Lowe is a remarkable journey about one woman’s path to self-discovery. It is a story about love and devotion that transcends time and race, and a beautiful reflection of the power of family and the interconnectedness of our world.

    Paula Williams Madison is Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, a Los Angeles based media consultancy company with global reach.

    In 2011, Madison retired from NBCUniversal, where she had been Executive Vice President of Diversity as well as a Vice President of the General Electric Company (GE), then the parent company of NBCU. During her 22 years with NBCU, she held a number of successful leadership roles, including President and General Manager of NBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Regional General Manager for NBCU’s Telemundo TV stations and Vice President and News Director of NBC4 New York.

    She’s been honored by Asian organizations as well, having been recognized in 2014 as one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business and in 2015, she was honored by the East West Players and AARP with their Visionary Award and by the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles with their Historymaker Award.

    A native of Harlem, Madison and her husband Roosevelt reside in Los Angeles.


  • 01:16

    Documenting Fraternal and Benevolent Ancestry - James Morgan III and Jari Honora

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    Jari C.Honora and James Morgan III will discuss a step by step guide to documenting fraternal society participation of ancestors and relatives as well as offer tips and tricks on how to locate documents in this field of study. They will show that through understanding fraternal happenings in state and local communities, researchers will be able to get a better understanding of not only who their ancestors were, but also a better understanding of relatives contributions to society at large.

    James Morgan III is a Prince Hall Mason serving as Worshipful Master of Corinthian Lodge #18 in Washington, D.C. and as the Worshipful Associate Grand Historian of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia.  Mr. Morgan is a member of the Phylaxis Society, the only independent research organization dedicated to study African American Freemasonry and Fraternalism and has published several critically acclaimed research papers in their journal.   He recently co-wrote and published the 2016 book “The Greatest Prince Hall Mason of the 20th Century”.  

    Jari C. Honora is a New Orleans native and proud Louisiana Creole with roots dating back more than two centuries along Bayou LaFourche and the German-Acadian Coast. He is a member of several societies including the Louisiana Historical Society and CreoleGen, which maintains a popular blog, CreoleGen.org.  He serves as an officer in a variety of other organizations including the Association of St. Augustine Alumni. He serves as National Historian for the Knights of Peter Claver and is writing a history of that organization. 


    Music - Sweet Mellow Spice with A. K. Alexander Productions


  • 01:12

    Slave Era Research with Char McCargo Bah

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    Char McCargo Bah is the CEO/Owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC.  She has been a genealogist since 1981; she has appeared in numerous television interviews with CBS, FOX-5, Comcast, Public Broadcasting Services just to name a few and documentaries. She has received numerous awards in 2014, 2013, 2010, and in 2009 for her work in genealogy.  She was the City of Alexandria’s genealogist on the Alexandria Freedmen and Contraband Cemetery. She became a “Living Legend of Alexandria in 2014.” She is co-author of “African Americans of Alexandria, VA: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century.” Char is currently working on her second book which will be available in the late Fall of 2016.

    Char will provide an overview of the following topics:

    (1) Take a Close Look at Slave owners’ Probate Records and where their slaves went
    (2) I was hired out – Case Studies on Slave owners hiring their slaves out
    (3) Slaves and Free people of color working on State and County Projects
    (4) Catch Me If You Can – Runaway Slaves: How to Research Them?




  • 01:13

    An African's Perspective on DNA Testing with Ada Anagho Brown

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    Ada Anagho Brown will explore as an African why she tested her DNA and the questions raised after identifying the many people who share her DNA outside the continent of Africa. How did they get here? Where were they taken? Where they alone? How did they survive captivity? Who are they? Are there more out there? 

    These question stimulated so many more questions and emotions....

    Ada Anagho Brown is a native of Cameroon whose family moved to the United States in 1975. She is the third child of the current Chief of Ngwo located in the Njikwa subdivision of Cameroon.

    Over the years, she has dedicated her life to promoting Africa.  For several years she worked with a non-profit American based organization whose mission was to give back to the children of the United States through music and culture. For the past three years, she has organized trips to Cameroon with African Americans who traced their DNA to Cameroon. Collectively, she has facilitated the travel of over 160 individuals.

    In 2012 she launched Roots to Glory Tours. Roots to Glory Tours is a company dedicated to “Bridging the Gap” between the United States and Africa.

    In addition to her work as a stay home mom, she is also the Chair of the organizing committee for the Pan African Festival (Panafest) held yearly in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.

    She is currently a board member of the Bunce Island Coalition USA, the All Cameroonian Cultural Development Foundation as well as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.


  • 01:21

    Fraternalism and African American Genealogy with James Morgan III

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    In this program Mr. Morgan will seek to show the benefits of studying African American Fraternal and Benevolent Organizations.  Mr. Morgan will provide some historical narrative on various organizations as well as give tips on how these organizations can provide some in-depth analysis of how ancestral communities functioned and organized within these groups. 

    James Morgan III is a graduate of Howard University where he studied Mass Communications and African American History. James is a very active Prince Hall Mason serving as Worshipful Master of Corinthian Lodge #18 in Washington, D.C. and as the Associate Grand Historian of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia.  Mr. Morgan is a member of the Phylaxis Society (the only independent research organization dedicated to study African American Freemasonry) as well as the James Dent Walker Chapter of  AAHGS. You can catch Mr. Morgan's monthly thoughts on black fraternal history on the Prince Hall Think Tank which airs the last Sunday of every month on Youtube.



  • 01:07

    The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia with Karen Branan

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    A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets and My Search for the Truth by Karen Branan

    A true account of the hanging of four black people by a white lynch mob in 1912—written by the great-granddaughter of the sheriff who allowed the lynching.

    Branan describes her almost twenty-year search for the truth behind her grandmother’s casual reply to the query “What is your most unforgettable memory?” The reply was, “The hanging,” which Branan would learn referred to the 1912 lynching of four black residents–a woman and three men–in retaliation for the killing of the sheriff’s nephew. Newly sworn into office, the sheriff–Branan’s maternal great-grandfather­–allowed the lynching, for which no one was ever apprehended.

    Karen Branan is a veteran journalist who has written for newspapers, magazines, stage, and television for almost fifty years. Her work has appeared in Life, Mother Jones, Ms., Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Today’s Health, Learning, Parents, Star Tribune (Minneapolis), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and on PBS, CBS, ABC, CBC, BBC, and CNN.





  • 01:02

    The Social Life of DNA with Alondra Nelson

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    Alondra Nelson is Dean of Social Science and professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University. She is author of the award-winning book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination and editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History. Her reviews, writing and commentary have also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Science, Boston Globe, and the Guardian. She lives in New York City.

    The Social Life of DNA, Alondra Nelson takes us on an unprecedented journey into how the double helix has wound its way into the heart of the most urgent contemporary social issues around race. These cutting-edge DNA-based techniques, she reveals, are being used in myriad ways, including grappling with the unfinished business of slavery: to foster reconciliation, to establish ties with African ancestral homelands, to rethink and sometimes alter citizenship, and to make legal claims for slavery reparations specifically based on ancestry. Weaving together keenly observed interactions with root-seekers alongside illuminating historical details and revealing personal narrative, The Social Life of DNA shows that genetic genealogy is a new tool for addressing old and enduring issues.

  • 00:58

    Carolina Clay - The Story of Dave with Leonard Todd

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    Leonard Todd is the author of CAROLINA CLAY, the story of the slave potter known as Dave. Newsweek calls it “a fascinating account.” Publishers Weekly describes it as “a sweeping tale of the South itself.” It was a finalist for The National Award for Arts Writing, and it won the South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing. It is published by W. W. Norton.

    Born in South Carolina, Leonard was educated at Yale University. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to France. He lived for many years in New York City, where he began his writing career with travel articles, short stories, and novels for young adults. Two of his novels, set in areas of the South that he knew well as a boy, were optioned for film productions.

    Author Leonard Todd will be talking with us about the great ceramic artisan known as “Dave,” who lived in South Carolina during the 19th century. He was a potter, a poet, and a slave.

    For many years, very few details were known about this enigmatic man. Leonard, however, discovered a startling personal link to him and set out to uncover his story. The prize-winning book, CAROLINA CLAY, is the result.

    Leonard now lives with his wife, a poet, in Edgefield, South Carolina, where he recently wrote the book, lyrics, and music for his first theatrical musical, SUNNY DAY, which had its premiere at the Edgefield County Theatre Company.

    Leonard has told Dave’s story to audiences at the Smithsonian, at Oxford, on National Public Radio, and today he will be telling it to us.


  • 00:10

    Live from Rootstech with Wendy Jyang

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    Join my special guest Wendy Jyang from Frienship Improvement Sharing Hands Development and Commerce.

  • 01:24

    Civil War Pension File Reveals Valuable Family Information with Alvin Blakes

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    The Civil War Pension Files of Philip McQuerter of Woodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi provides revealing information about the family.

    Alvin Blakes is a lifelong organizer and community worker who has been researching African history since he was a teenager, and has travelled to Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and all over the United States to pursue his studies. He has researched his family’s history from Woodville, Mississippi back to the late 1700s in the Eastern US. He is a member of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s African American Genealogy Interest Group. He graduated with a Bachelors and Masters of Mechanical Engineering degree from Howard University’s School of Engineering.  Currently, he is the Manager of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Agency’s Bus Fleet Engineering Group.

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