DNA Testing Links Descendant of Enslaved Grandmother County Founders

An attempt by the local historical society to preserve an antebellum house in a Chapel Hill neighborhood revealed more than expected.  Deardra Greene-Campbell tread in the footsteps of her enslaved third great-grandmother when she entered the basement of the house in the Rogers Road neighborhood.  Read the full story here.

This is a great story of serendipity 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.

Tim Pinnick Launches The Black Genealogist and Black Newspaper Notes

Tim Pinnick, a very talented genealogist from Illinois, has added two more publications to his roster of writings:  The Black Genealogist and Black Newspaper Notes.  These ezines are his latest offerings to interested researchers of African American history.  You may remember Tim as the author of Finding and Using African American Newspapers, a handy volume detailing the availability of black newspapers and the gems they contain. Once again he has come out with a useful set of publications filled with links, stories, and reviews of interesting books and materials  pertaining to the history and culture of the black American.

In the inaugural issue of The Black Genealogist Tim reviews the book  Here I Lay My Burdens Down: A History of the Black Cemeteries of Richmond, Virginia.  You will have to judge for yourself, but I know I want to read it. Black Newspaper Notes doesn’t disappoint either — the ezine is loaded with links to sites containing black newspapers as well as explaining why you should visit them.  An article at the bottom reviews the Indianapolis Freeman and particularly its stories on the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers which details the types of genealogical and social history information found in these newspapers that really puts the flesh on the bones of your ancestors while in many cases giving you a family structure.  Fascinating.

You can find out more about Tim and sign up for his publications here:


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.

CSI: Collecting, Selecting, Identifying Your Ancestors

The Alabama Genealogical Society’s fall seminar, CSI:  Collecting, Selecting, Identifying Your Ancestors, will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Alabama.

J. Mark Lowe, professional genealogist, author, and lecturer will present Researching on the Internet, Land Barons or Dirt Farmers, and Finding Your Landless Ancestors.  For registration information see their website at:


July/August Issue of AAHGS News Out

The July/August 2008 issue of AAHGS Newsis at the printer.  Featured in this issue, available to AAHGS members or by purchasing an issue at the website www.aahgs.org, is our annual conference promotion and schedule. 

The conference will be held on the 6-9 November 2008 at Marriott Inn and Conference Center on the University of Maryland campus in Adelphi, Maryland.  The luncheons at the conference will be hosted by local authors including Thomas Battle, Donna Wells, Bertie Bowman, Ta-Nehisi Coates, C.R. Gibbs, Rohulamin Quander, and Psyche Williams-Forson.   

Registration should be postmarked no later than September 15th to get the discounted rate of $325 (members) or $365 (non-members) for all three days including all meals on Friday and Saturday, snacks, and Sunday brunch.  Registrations for the full conference after the deadline will be $400 (members) or $435 (non-members).  If you cannot attend the entire conference, a day rate is offered for members and non-members with a choice of meals/no meals. 

See the website at www.aahgs.org for more details.

Save Our African American Treasures – Los Angeles

Are you going to be in the Los Angeles area this weekend?  Then you might want to check out the Save Our African American Treasures event sponsored by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Information about the event is below.

Have you ever wondered about the best way to preserve your family photo albums, dolls, quilts, wedding dresses and other heirlooms sitting in your attic or basement so they will last for future generations to enjoy?

If you live in the Los Angeles area, please join the National Museum of African American History and Culture this Saturday for day full of hands-on workshops that will teach you how to protect your family history. The event is in collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum and the California African American Museum.

Save Our African American Treasures – Los Angeles

Saturday, July 12, 2008

10AM to 4:30PM

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First Street

Los Angeles, CA

There will even be an opportunity for you to bring your items to be specially reviewed by a professional. Space for the individual item review is limited though, so please RSVP today by emailing rsvpnmaahc@si.edu or calling 1-888-249-8033. Furniture, art, rugs/carpets, or objects larger than a shopping bag will not be reviewed.

For a full schedule of all the day’s events, visit our website.

We hope to see you there!

A note to our AAHGS California members — if you do attend this event, why not submit a review to the AAHGS News and tell us about it?  What did you like best?  least?  What was the most interesting to you?  Did you discover anything new about your family heirlooms or learn a new technique on preservation that you would like to share?  Send your thoughts to aahgsnews@yahoo.com and let us know how it went. 

Black Historical Society of San Diego has New Building

The San Diego Union Tribune reports on the opening of a new museum and genealogical research center in downtown San Diego, known as the “Harlem of the West” in its heyday.  Here’s the story by Jeanette Steele, staff writer: 

DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO – The Black Historical Society of San Diego, founded more than a decade ago to fight the demolition of important properties, now has its own place downtown.

Today, the group will dedicate a museum, genealogical research center and gift shop in downtown’s East Village. The venue opens to the public on Saturday.

It’s located in the heart of a once-thriving black business district, with residential hotels, stores and clubs that featured major musical acts such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington in the 1930s to 1950s. Some called it the “Harlem of the West” in its heyday.

The area, along Market Street between the Gaslamp Quarter and Barrio Logan, later fell on hard times and is now gentrifying into a neighborhood of high-rise condominiums.

The museum will offer a permanent exhibit on the history of African-Americans in San Diego, with photos of black merchants, families and social life since the late 1880s, including artifacts such as war medals, clothing and dishes. The museum plans to host traveling exhibits, with the first starting in August.

Museum of San Diego
African American History Where: 740 Market St., in downtown San Diego

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, starting Saturday

General admission: $5. For genealogical research only, there’s a suggested donation of $3

Info: blackhistoricalsociety.org or (619) 232-1480

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