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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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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 76: Reconstruction and the Aftermath Named Jim Crow

Did you miss episode 76 of BlackProGen Live!? Well don’t worry click on the video below.

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 75: Getting the Most From Your Research Trip

Have you hit a brick wall in your research? Maybe you should take a research trip to your ancestral location. Watch live tonight night at 6pm (Pacific) 8pm (Central)9pm (Eastern) as the panelist discuss tips and tricks to get you ready for your research trip.


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AncestryDNA Contest #3


Thanks again to all those who entered into the AncestryDNA contest and sorry to the few who I messed messages from. I will be doing another give away soon and maybe I will give two away another ancestry and a 23 and me kit… For some reason I am not able to upload the video to the blog but I picked number 14.

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Learning More About Your Ancestors Through Newspapers


The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is hosting a webinar: Learning More About Your Ancestors Through Newspapers. Tonight, Jan 9th @ 7pm (EST) Click here  for more information and to register.

I’ve found so much from newspapers like obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, information regarding court cases, land transfers, local event news and much more.  Newspapers give me a better idea of what my ancestor’s lives during the times especially when newspapers when other records are few and far between. has a 7 day free trial, check it out and see what information you can find.

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BlackProGen LIVE!: Ep 74: Reverse Genealogy, DNA, and Tracing the Living

Did you miss BlackProGen Live!: EP74? Don’t worry you can what it below.

“So, you’ve done a great job finding your ancestors, but you’re not sure where to start to try to locate their living descendants. In this episode, we’ll cover tips and tricks you can use to safely and respectfully unearth the identities of your living cousins.”

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Finding Your Roots: Season 5

Season 5 of Finding Your Roots premieres tomorrow January 8th. Check out the preview below.

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