BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 83: Stories from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Parts 1&2

Did you miss BlackProGen LIVE Episode 83? Don’t worry you can check out parts 1&2 below.

“In 2018, The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) opened the The National Memorial for Peace and Justice which memorializes more than 4,400 African American men, women, and children who were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Episode 83 will feature the family history of some of the victims documented in the memorial in an effort to humanize and bring light to their lives outside of a tragic event they have been associated with.”

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 82: “You’s a Lie”: Busting Down Myths About African American Family History

Did you miss Episode 82? Don’t worry, you can check it out now.

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 81: Extra! Extra! Newspapers for People of Color Genealogy Research

I always say newspapers are a great resource. Check out episode 81 as the panel discuss newspapers for People of Color. to see what you can find out about your ancestors.

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 80: This is for the Ladies: Researching Our Matriarchs

“Finding and tracing our female ancestors can be a monumental task. In this episode, we’ll discuss the ways a researcher can unearth and track the women in our families and preserve their stories despite what may seem like a lack of records.”


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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 79: Ask Mariah: The DNA Edition

“Have you taken a DNA test and confused by the results? Or, perhaps you want help trying to narrow down how a genetic cousin is related to you? Episode 79 is your chance to get assistance and is an entire episode of viewer submitted questions all about DNA!”


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Ancestry new and updated genetic communities

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Ancestry has just announced 94 new and updated genetic communities for people of African American and Afro Caribbean descent. For more information Click Here 





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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 78: Tales from the Undertaker: African American Cemeteries and Funeral Homes

“Who’s got charge of the body?” is a time honored and loaded question uttered upon the death of a relative in the African American community. Episode 78 will discuss the history and legacy of African American cemeteries and funerals along with how to utilize their records as crucial genealogy resources.


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fold3: Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month fold3 will allow you to access records in its Black History Collection until the end of February.  So if you haven’t already, take a look at the records and resources you can access on fold3.















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Johannesburg, South Africa

Last month I went to Johannesburg, South Africa to celebrate my cousin’s 30th birthday.

We went to Pilanesberg National Park and we paid $170. The van picked us up at 5:30am or 6:30 am to drive about three hours to Pilanesberg National Park. We toured the safari for three hours then eat lunch which is part of your tour package and then toured the safari for another three or so hours. After lunch we saw the animals up close, elephants giraffes, zebras and other wildlife walked right in front of our jeep. We booked via Viator and the tour company was MoAfrika Tours.

We took a private tour that was set-up through our hotel. We went to the apartheid museum, the Orlando Towers where we bungee jumped then hit up Vilakazi Street in Soweto. There are a lot of street vendors, restaurants as well as Mandela’s House on Vilakazi Street. We went Carlton Centre aka top of Africa which I believe is the tallest building in Africa, the view from the top is amazing. The tour guide took us to area that was really poor, not as bad as you see in the late night tv commercials but it was really sad to see people living in that consideration. Johannesburg is much like the United States to me, one neighborhood a gated community the next are shacks. We also went to the Maboneng percent area, Fox Street to be exact. There are shops, street vendors, restaurants and cool street art. It’s very hip and weekends are pack with people.

This was an amazing trip and I would definitely recommend visiting, and there was  much culture there. I checked my DNA results but I don’t have any South African roots but I did meet my cousin’s first cousin who is South African so that was pretty cool.

Check out that little video I made from my trip.

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2019 Sundance Film Festival – Ancestry & SundanceTV Present: Railroad Ties

Six descendants of fugitive slaves and abolitionists come together in Brooklyn to discover more about their lineage. Documenting each person learning about their ancestors, and featuring renowned historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr., the film interweaves powerful personal moments with contextual historical anecdotes. The very human story of the Underground Railroad unfolds through Ancestry records, each discovery revealing the dynamic impact our history has on identity, family and legacy. The film takes a personal look at how understanding our family’s past can influence not just who we are, but how we see ourselves.


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