AAHGS National Conference Registration Now Online

The AAHGS website has information on the 35th national genealogy conference that will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The announcement and theme are below.  Click the link to be brought to the registration page.

October 9-12, 2014
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania –Double Tree by Hilton Hotel

Weaving Our Past, Present and Future: Slavery, Abolition, Freedom and All That Jazz 

For more information, click here.

Photo of Dwight Wilson, African American Archivist Sought

The Society of American Archivists Anniversary Committee is making archivist trading cards in celebration of their 75th year.

The Committee has not been able to locate an image of Dwight Wilson, Fisk University archivist and the first African-American to chair a SAA Committee. Fisk University does not have an image.

Can anyone help? Wilson was a professor at Morris Brown in 1935-1936, but the yearbook for that year has not been located.  Has a copy slipped in to your collection?

Mr. Wilson attended Kitrell College, Shaw University and Howard University and a member of the Allied Forces Records Administration during WWII. His obituary from the American Archivist can be found here http://archivists.metapress.com/content/a0v2744223598546/fulltext.pdf

Anyone with any information on the location of the yearbook for 35-36 or who may have a photo of Mr. Wilson, please comment on the blog so that we can forward the information to the SAA Committee.


Boston’s Museum of African American History Program September 9th

This just in from the New England Chapter of AAHGS regarding a program on September 9th at the Museum of African American History on Joy Street:

In Search of Your African American Roots – An introduction to research methods and sources for African American and Cape Verdean family research. Topics include Collecting Family Traditions and Records, Researching Pre-Civil War Records for Enslaved and Free Persons of Color. Participants will learn about websites, databases and digital collections for researching African American families. Our speaker will be genealogist Mary Blauss Edwards of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Ms. Edwards has degrees from Brown University and Northeastern University. Her interests include New England genealogy, African American genealogy, Boston Irish, and gravestones and cemeteries.  This program is in collaboration with the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

RSVP: 617-725-0022 ext. 14 or rsvp@maah.org

Negro Baseball League Has a Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service  issued two stamps commemorating the players of the Negro Baseball Leagues on Thursday of last week.  The pair of stamps will be dedicated at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.  See this link for more information.

If you are going to be in the Kansas City area at the end of this month, check out the Family History Expo being held July 30-31 at the KCI Expo Center.  The exhibit hall is free and open to the public.  At $65 for the weekend — this is the best value in genealogy!

Family History Expos comes to Kansas City!

Family History Expos Debut in Kansas City

Family History Expos is making its debut in the U.S. Midwest right in Kansas City, Missouri! We knew this would be important news to you so we’re spreading the word in hopes you will too.

KCI Expo Center Hosts First Midwest Expo

The exciting Midwest Family History Expo will take Missouri by storm with a special feature tour on Thursday, July 29 and two full days of sharing and learning July 30-31 at the KCI Expo Center [http://www.kciexpo.com/], 11730 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, Missouri.

Yes, it’s really happening! Learn all about the Midwest Family History Expo and get full details including an agenda, program and syllabus at www.fhexpos.com/expos.

Join Our Feature Tour

We are particularly excited about this event because it will be preceded by the LDS Historic Sites Tour, Thursday, July 29, 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

This eight-hour tour will take you back in time to experience history at historically significant sites like these:

  • Mormon Church in Independence, Missouri’s newly remodeled center honoring the past and the present, with exhibits depicting experiences of Mormon settlers in Missouri between 1831 and 1839
  • Community of Christ Temple
  • Liberty Jail
  • Far West
  • Haun’s Mill
  • Adam-ondi-Ahman

The cost of the tour, $65, is in addition to registration for the Expo. Please register separately for the tour at our website above.

Spread the Word!

Your family history and genealogy network will thank you for sharing this important information with them. Please feel free to forward this invitation to society members, friends, business associates and anyone interested in family history research—beginners to sage professionals!

Register Right Now

No, it’s not too late to register! Register online right now (www.fhexpos.com/expos). Register by phone (call 801-829-3295) before 6 p.m. Thursday, July 29, and save $10 off the price of at-the-door registration.

This is the best educational opportunity you will find at bargain prices:

  • Pre-registration (by Thursday, July 29, 6 p.m.): $65.00
  • At the door: $75
  • One day: $40
  • Single class: $12
  • Opening session and exhibits are FREE to the public
  • LDS Historic Sites Tour, Thursday, July 29: $65 (in addition to the general cost of registration)

Plan Your Family History Experience

Please plan to join us for the LDS Historic Sites Tour on Thursday, July 29, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On Friday, July 30, a.m. enjoy a keynote address, Finding Your Family: Turning the Spotlight on Resources from the National Archives at Kansas City, by Lori Cox-Paul, Director National Archives at Kansas City, to be held in the exhibit hall classroom.

You’ll Love our Midwest Family History Expo Syllabus

A free CD copy of the syllabus is included with each full or single day registration. You can also get a printed syllabus in book format for $25 but order early, supplies are limited.

We look forward to seeing you at the Midwest Family History Expo. Please extend this invitation to your members/patrons. This Expo is suitable for all levels of genealogy experience and promises to be FUN and educational for all.

Register at www.fhexpos.com/expos or call 801-829-3295 today.

African Ancestry Seminar at African American Cultural Forum in Hampton, VA

The following announcement was written by African Ancestry:

May 5, 2010 — On Saturday, June 26, the African American Cultural Forum, a brand new event taking place in downtown Hampton coinciding with the Afrikan American Festival, will welcome African Ancestry. The genetic genealogy company, based in Washington, DC, is known for using DNA to create “a vehicle to enable people of African descent to trace their ancestry back to their present-day African country of origin.” Afrikan Ancestry will conduct free genealogy and family tree seminars at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel.

“We are very excited to welcome Gina Paige and Dr. Rick Kittles, co-founders of African Ancestry, to Hampton,” said African American Cultural Forum Committee member Pam Croom. “The duo is renowned for their work in DNA and genealogy. Our attendees are in for a very special treat.”

African Ancestry has been featured on several television programs, including Good Morning America, African American Lives on PBS, and VH1 Soul, as well as print publications like USA Today, Essence, and Black Enterprise. In addition, the company has also traced DNA for many African American celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Forrest Whitaker, Spike Lee, and Isaiah Washington.

The cost to attend the African Ancestry seminars is free. Those wishing to have their ancestry traced via DNA or have family trees researched can do so for an additional fee.

During the African American Cultural Forum, African Ancestry will unveil the DNA tests of esteemed Hampton resident Dr. Mary T. Christian. Dr. Christian, who began her academic career at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), later returned to the university as Director of the School of Education, rising to Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education, before retiring as professor emeritus. In 1985, Dr. Christian was the first African American and first female from Hampton to be elected to the state legislature, post Reconstruction. She served nine consecutive terms representing Virginia’s 92nd House District. The results of the Dr. Christian’s DNA test will be unveiled at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 (during both African Ancestry sessions at the African American Cultural Forum).

The African American Cultural Forum takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 26. Seminar topics include restoration of rights, gang awareness, family trees, and genealogy. Noted poet, author, and literary consultant Nathan Richardson is also scheduled to be in attendance, conducting seminars and workshops. All seminars and workshops are free. The event coincides with Afrikan American Festival, a Hampton 400th Anniversary Signature Event, happening that same weekend in nearby Mill Point Park.

For more information of African Ancestry, check outwww.africanancestry.com. For further information on the African American Cultural Forum, contact Pam Croom at 757/728-5173 or pcroom(at)hampton(dot)gov.


The Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) is pleased to announce the 2010 Conference Call for Papers, to be presented at our next Annual Conference, 7-10 October 2010, in Adelphia, Maryland.  The AAHGS Conference endeavors each year to provide the premier opportunity to explore standard and innovative methods, resources, and strategies centered around African-American, Caribbean and Native American genealogy as well as the expansive history of the African in the Diaspora.

The following focus areas are offered as suggestions for session topics

·       African American History

·       Caribbean-American Research

·       African American Migration (varied)

·       Periods of War: Revolutionary War; Civil War; WWI; WWII;

·       African Americans in New England, Pre-Civil War

·       Use of Technology in research (Not product sales presentations)

·       Church/Religious History in the African American Experience

·       The Civil Rights Movement

·       Research methodologies (various levels)

·       State Specific Research Resources; Adoption Records

·       Local history, i.e. town histories; institutions; industrial history as it relates to the African American experience

·       Native American/African American experience

·       Blacks in the West;

The topics are merely suggestions. We are looking for presenters that have solidly researched their topic area, are able to inform a diverse audience and deliver insightful and enjoyable presentations.  Authors and possible candidates for keynote and general assembly gatherings may also submit their proposals.

Proposal Format:

I.             Session Title

II.            Name(s) of Session Presenters – indicate lead

III.          Research skill level of audience

IV.          Purpose/learning objective

V.            Session description- Provide narrative of information to be covered in the presentation  (This information will be included in the Conference Syllabus).

VI.          Include presenter(s) biographical information.

VII.         Include list of resources and/or bibliography.

VIII.       AV Requirements (this must be included in your initial proposal):

Please indicate the type of audio/visual equipment that will be required for your presentation. Examples:

§      I will be using Power Point for my presentation. I will bring my own laptop, but will need a projector

§      I will use Power Point and will provide my own equipment

§      I am using Power Point and will need a laptop, and projector from AAHGS.

Finally indicate if you need an overhead projector, slide projector, TV/VCR, DVD, flip chart, portable sound system, microphone, table or podium.


1.     All presenters agree to participate at their own expense. A token of appreciation is offered, however it does not cover conference costs. Please take this into consideration before submitting or agreeing to participate.

2.     Session materials, bios, etc will be included in the Conference Syllabus.

Proposals must be received no later than 30 July 2010 and should not exceed 12 pages.  Proposals must include  all required information, including: your complete name; email address; telephone number(s); and postal mail address.   Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by 15 August 2010.

Presenters may submit proposals via postal mail or by email.  Material submitted via email must be in Microsoft® Word format. Proposals submitted via email should be sent to <info@aahgs.org> with “2010 AAHGS Conference” in the subject line.  Proposals submitted by postal mail should be sent to: AAHGS 2010 Annual Conference, PO Box 73067, Washington, D.C. 20056.

For additional information or with questions about the submission requirements, contact: Jerry Hynson, AAHGS Vice President of History, at <jerryhyn@copper.net>.  Do not email conference proposals to Jerry’s email address; send proposals to <info@aahgs.org> with “2010 AAHGS Conference” in the subject line.

John Brown at Mass Historical Society

From the 12th of October through the 23 of December 2009 the Massachusetts Historical Society will be running an exhibit entitled “John Brown – Martyr to Freedom or American Terrorist — or Both?” The exhibit will open on the 150th anniversary of the raid – the 17th of October.

From their flyer:

“On 17 October 1859, abolitionist John Brown and 21 followers made an armed attack on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry in what is now West Virginia, taking townspeople as hostages, seizing arms, and hoping to incite a slave rebellion…the Society’s exhibition will present a selection of personal papers, photographs, engravings, and artifacts that document the raid and Brown’s trial and execution, all of which catalyzed powerful and sometimes extreme reactions from the American public. The debate that began then about the morality and meaning of Brown’s actions continues today, and the display will include examples of the ongoing argument.”

See http://www.masshist.org/events for more listings of programs at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Call for Papers: Black New England Conference 2010

From my friends at the New England Chapter of AAHGS:

Black New England Conference 2010
The Politics of Race: Movements, Protests, Leaders, and Representation
The 2010 conference will cover the history of cultural, social, and political movements in New England from the 1700s to the present. As the word ‘representation’ indicates, the conference will include presentations on the politics concerning and the forms of representing such events and people of African descent in New England.
For Information Please Contact
Center for New England Culture
Huddleston Hall/73 Main St/ Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-862-0693
Thursday, October 14th 2010 – Saturday, October 16th 2010

International Black Genealogy Summit

The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana will be the site of the International Black Genealogy Summit from October 29-31, 2009.  For the first time in history, all of the black genealogical societies in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean will come together to host a joint conference on researching and writing family history.

You are invited to explore your own family’s history during this momentous event.  The conference features genealogy workshops, hands-on trainings, DNA research and much more.

To register or for more information go to their website at www.blackgenealogysummit.com.

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