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Research at the National Archives and Beyond


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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. I offer 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

Join Hosts Janice and Cherekana of Speak On It ! for a conversation with Frederick DeShon Murphy. At History Before Us, we understand the importance of history to our collective humanity and we are committed to collecting and preserving it. We are born from many years of family research and a passion for preserving the oral stories taken from the people before us who were part of certain periods of history. With careful attention to historical events came a burning desire to share the knowledge gained via various modalities of education. Our goal is to preserve for future generations, these valuable stories, and experiences that will never return. We are committed to making sure that the masses have insight into historical events with the firm belief historical knowledge provides a background for making solid decisions in the future. As the old saying goes, ?he who refuses to learn from the past is doomed to repeat it.? History Before Us understands that history is the lens through which we can put our present experiences into perspective. It is the one thing that shows us who we truly are, and how we arrived at our present state of being. Website: Documentary: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:
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On-Demand Episodes

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

Join Thomas Allen Harris founder and President of Chimpanzee Productions for a lively discussion on searching for identity, family and sprituality through sharing family stories and images in a virtual family reunion format called the Digital... more

Join this special show for a discussion with Antoinette Harrell, Professor Clare Washington, and Instructor- Rebecca Hensley on America's Best Kept Secret- Slavery in the 20th Century. Many individuals were shocked and saddened by... more

Have you ever wondered if your surname is unique to a particular region of the country? Stephanie Martin Quaitte shared her research in the Florida Parishes of Southeast Louisiana. This research will provide other researchers an opportunity... more

Join Margo Lee Williams with Host Bernice Bennett for a moving discussion of her research to uncover the story of her Quaker ancestor Miles Lassiter. This story follows her research through court records and the Carolina countryside to... more

Join Gwendolyn Olson as she describes the process of identifying and documenting the slaves on the Lipscomb Plantation in Durham, NC. Gwendolyn Olson is a Registered Nurse at Stanford Hospital in the California Bay Area. Her... more

The ACPL Genealogy Center is a unique and valuable resource with one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world. Curt B. Witcher is the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen... more

Charles Brown, Jr., provides a moving account of his quest to find truth concerning his family in Missouri. Charles Brown is the President of St. Louis African American History & Genealogy Society. He was born and raised in the... more

Join Art Thomas as he describes why and how he started on his family history and genealogical journey and the advances and changes he has noticed in the past 20-25 years. Art Thomas has been involved in genealogy for 25 years.... more

Conducting Slave Era Research Part II is a continuation of the discussion on strategic approaches to finding your enslaved ancestors. A majority of the show will respond to questions from the listening audience. Aaron Dorsey, has been... more