AAHGS National Conference – Atlanta, GA

AAGHS National Conference in Atlanta, GALast year, I had the honor of speaking at the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) Conference in Richmond.  The day was rich with talks and conversations that ranged from a lecture about the false division between history and genealogy to conversations about how to use oral histories in writing about historical events.  I highly recommend the conference to anyone who is working or interested in this research.

I don’t know about you, but I find this work to really challenging in terms of the information abut also in terms of the emotional weight of this research.  It’s not an easy thing to dig into the legacy of oppression for hours on end.  This conference – and others like it – help all of us who do this work with the support of others. It’s like we are linking arms and standing together to read, learn, and share the interwoven story of African American people.

This year, the AAHGS Conference will be in Atlanta, Georgia on October 13-16, and the theme of the conference is:

The Ancestors on My Mind: Discovering our Ancestors, Our History, and Ourselves, TOGETHER. 

I won’t be able to attend this year, but I hope to get notes from some of my friends and stay up-to-date on the books written by presenters.

You can get more information about the conference by visiting the conference page on the AAHGS website.  They are still looking for presenters, and conference registration is now open.  

Each year, the conference grows, as it should, so I encourage you to attend – and even to submit a proposal – if you’re interested.  I’ll be there in spirit with you.

Beginning Your Genealogical Journey

Beginning Your Genealogical JourneyIf you are like me, you find the work of researching ancestors to be immense and sometimes quite overwhelming, especially if you’re just starting out.  In some ways, there is so MUCH information – wills, plantation archives, census lists, family histories, etc – and in others, especially if your ancestors were enslaved, there is so little information.  It’s hard to know where to begin.

Today, I spent a few minutes at the site watching a film with my friend Angela Walton-Raji, who is the creator of the African-Native American Genealogy Blog.  If you are looking to start some genealogical research, this is an excellent introduction. Angela stresses the importance of documenting information, following a careful process of reviewing data, and some of the first steps you can take on your genealogical journey. Plus, her full video series will walk you through the key steps for your genealogy research process.

If you appreciate the insights Angela offers here, I recommend you subscribe to her YouTube channel and also tune in for her African Roots Podcast.

And be sure to share this page with anyone you know who might find Angela’s tips helpful.

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