Research At The National Archives And Beyond!


Welcome to Research at the National Archives and Beyond! This show will provide individuals interested in genealogy and history an opportunity to listen, learn and take action.You can join me every Thursday at 9 pm Eastern, 8 pm Central, 7pm Mountain and 6 pm Pacific where I will have a wonderful line up of experts who will share resources, stories and answer your burning genealogy questions. All of my guests share a deep passion and knowledge of genealogy and history.My goal is to reach individuals who are thinking about tracing their family roots; beginners who have already started and others who believe that continuous learning is the key to finding answers. "Remember, your ancestors left footprints".


  • Narrative Art Capturing the African American Experience with Ted Ellis

    Narrative Art Capturing the African American Experience with Ted Ellis

    18/06/2020 Duration: 41min

      Learn how art celebrates American history, culture and lifestyle. Ted Ellis graduated over twenty years ago  from Dillard University with a B.S. in Chemistry degree and worked as an Environmental chemist for eight years. He then began his professional career as a full-time artist, receiving national recognition and acclaim with his narrative paintings about African American history, culture, and lifestyle. His desire and interest to further impact the world of art lead him to obtain his  M.A. in Museum Studies at Southern University New Orleans. That learning experience was priceless. His master thesis project, "400 Years African Commemorative Art Exhibition: Chronicling the African American Struggle, Resiliency, Perseverance and Triumph from 1619 to 2019” debuted in Washington, D.C. and is now at Old Dominion University. Currently, he is the Vice-Chair for the 400 Years of African American History Commission and Committee Chair for Preservation of African American History: Entertainment, Sports and Cultu

  • Descendants of the Enslaved Laborers Who Built UVA -Dr. Shelley Murphy

    Descendants of the Enslaved Laborers Who Built UVA -Dr. Shelley Murphy

    11/06/2020 Duration: 47min

    Hidden in Plain Site: Researching for the Descendants of the Enslaved Laborers who built UVA Dr. Shelley Murphy was hired to conduct genealogical research for descendants of the enslaved laborers who helped to build the University of Virginia. This six month position presented challenges in conducting slave era research. She expected brick walls and set goals that would be consistent with her limited research time. Being familiar with the laws, she knew that she had to stay local for the best resources and  follow the money, land, water, community and  the faith of the people.  Over 10 years ago, a group of UVA students proposed creating a memorial to acknowledge and honor African Americans' contributions to the university. This  project responded to a deep need to address an untold and uncomfortable history while building community. Join Terri Allard for a conversation with Dr. Shelley Murphy about the UVA Descendant Outreach Program and Memorial to Enslaved Laborers.

  • DNA, Oral History, Enslaved Ancestral Couple with LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson

    DNA, Oral History, Enslaved Ancestral Couple with LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson

    04/06/2020 Duration: 50min

    Have you considered the role DNA might play in corroborating the oral history of your family? LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL(SM), is a trustee and President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She earned a BA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and both a Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from the New York University School of Law. After working as a corporate tax attorney for thirty-five years, she retired from a partner-level position at Ernst & Young in 2013 and turned her attention to her longtime avocation of Genealogy. She is now a full-time genealogist focused on writing and teaching, and currently serves as the Registrar General of the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, a national lineage society that honors ancestors who were enslaved in the United States before 1870.  LaBrenda published A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina and Selected Finding Aids(2016), an awar

  • The Henry McNeal Turner Project with Dr. Andre E. Johnson

    The Henry McNeal Turner Project with Dr. Andre E. Johnson

    28/05/2020 Duration: 44min

    Learn about the digital humanities project dedicated to the writings and study of Bishop Henry Mcneal Turner. Andre E. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies in the Department of Communication & Film at the University of Memphis. He teaches classes in African American Public Address, Rhetoric, Race, Religion, and Interracial Communication. Dr. Johnson is the founding director of the Henry McNeal Turner Project—a digital humanities project dedicated to the writings and study of Bishop Turner. In addition, he has published two monographs on the life and legacy of Bishop Turner. The first one “The Forgotten Prophet: Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and the African American Prophetic Tradition (Lexington Books, 2012) won Outstanding Book Award for the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association. The second one, “No Future in this Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner (University Press of Mississippi, 2020) is schedu

  • Turning ADHD from Stigma to Stability with Dr. Larry Jones

    Turning ADHD from Stigma to Stability with Dr. Larry Jones

    23/05/2020 Duration: 17min

    Dr Larry’s Mother was his first coach providing him with the tools to guide himself through Wesleyan University and Johns Hopkins Medical School, without understanding his own unique learning style. He just worked hard and adapted. This prepared him to become a hospital administrator immediately after completing his fellowship in medical genetics. While director of pediatrics at a community hospital for 17 years and maintaining two private offices he taught in a Family Practice Residency Program. In his practice he managed ADHD children and families with a combination of coaching and medication. He brought awareness about ADHD to the public as the chief administrator for childhood lead poisoning and all other child and maternal health activities for the city of St. Louis. Most notably, he coordinated all of the municipal strategies and interventions for the treatment of children with lead poisoning, a known cause of childhood ADHD. In addition, he collaborated with government, insurance companies, and hospita

  • A Family’s Journey to Freedom with John Baker Jr.

    A Family’s Journey to Freedom with John Baker Jr.

    20/05/2020 Duration: 42min

    John F. Baker Jr. is the author of The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family’s Journey to Freedom published by Simon & Schuster(2010).  Baker tells the story of his ancestors, who were enslaved on Wessyngton Plantation owned by the Washington family as well as the story of the hundreds of other African Americans connected with the plantation for more than two centuries.  It is a story of family, faith, and community. Baker has managed to create groundbreaking research in African American history and American history.  He uses historical records to trace genealogy such as Slave bills of sale, Freedmen’s Bureau records, church records, death records, birth records, marriage records, U. S. Census records, Military records, Pension records, Civil War records, Wills, Deeds, Estate records, Plantation records and many others. In addition, he  interviewed dozens of individuals ranging in age from 80 to 107 years old to collect their oral histories.  He used more than 11,000 documents to tr

  • Never Say Never! with Dorris Keeven-Franke and Keith Winstead

    Never Say Never! with Dorris Keeven-Franke and Keith Winstead

    13/05/2020 Duration: 40min

    Never say Never! Discovering the Untold Story of Archer Alexander Keith Winstead of Louisville, Kentucky sent Dorris Keeven-Franke a message in October of 2018 inquiring about a post on Archer Alexander and Muhammad Ali. Neither imagined the journey of discovery that lay ahead. Winstead, a third cousin of Ali, and a great great-great-grandson of Archer Alexander, had spent the past 30 years researching his family history and had just discovered the family connection through DNA. That journey has taken them all the way from St. Charles, Missouri where Keeven-Franke lives to Washington DC to stand at the Emancipation Memorial, where Archer portrays the former enslaved with President Abraham Lincoln. Keeven-Franke is a writer and professional genealogist, who has been researching the history of St. Charles and St. Louis for over 40 years and Keith Winstead born Louisville, Ky. has been reesearching his family history for over 30 years.  

  • Descendants of Slaves  Slave Holders Sharing Records - Cheri Hudson Passey

    Descendants of Slaves & Slave Holders Sharing Records - Cheri Hudson Passey

    12/05/2020 Duration: 41min

    What would it look and feel like if the descendant of an enslaved ancestor and descendant of slave holder would collaborate to share family records? Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer, and Speaker and the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching through her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Cheri is the host of the genealogy chat show GenFriends seen on YouTube and is a genealogical researcher, subcontracted by Eagle Investigative Services, Inc., for the US Army Past Conflict Repatriations Branch.  Cheri enjoys volunteering and serving the genealogy community. She is a Past President of The Grand Strand Genealogy Club and currently serves as Program Chair. She is the secretary for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and treasurer for the GeneaBloggersTRIBE.

  • Overcoming False Assumptions to Find My 4th Great Grandmother - Lisa Lisson

    Overcoming False Assumptions to Find My 4th Great Grandmother - Lisa Lisson

    08/05/2020 Duration: 35min

    A false assumption in the genealogy research process led to years of being unable to find out who my 4th great-grandmother really was. An accidental discovery in a courthouse basement led to her true identity. Learn how to think outside of the genealogy research box to find the female ancestors hiding in the family tree. As a genealogy researcher and creator of the Are You My Cousin? blog, Lisa Lisson takes the overwhelm out of genealogy research and keeps researchers moving forward finding their ancestors. Whether researching ancestors alongside clients or writing how-to articles and books, Lisa uses her 12 years of research experience to help others build a solid research plan, find the needed genealogy records, and get the most out of those resources. When not working with clients or writing genealogy articles, Lisa can be found pursuing her passion for  running, traveling with her husband or simply enjoying time with her two adult children.

  • The View From My Seat - Commentary with Linda Nance

    The View From My Seat - Commentary with Linda Nance

    06/05/2020 Duration: 35min

    The View from My Seat - Commentary presented by the Annie Malone Historical Society discussing the Netflix Miniseries - Self-Made. Linda Nance is currently the Founding President of the Annie Malone Historical Society.  As the previous Director of Resources for the Annie Malone Children & Family Service Center, she annually coordinated activities involving five different fundraising events, opened two cafes, secured Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credits, and conducted a successful Challenge Grant campaign.

  • Why You Cant Find Your Ancestors? with Tony Burroughs

    "Why You Can't Find Your Ancestors?" with Tony Burroughs

    06/05/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    Have you wondered why you can't find your ancestors? Tony Burroughs will explore reasons why you are having problems finding your ancestors. Tony Burroughs is founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy.  He is an internationally known genealogist who taught genealogy at Chicago State University for fifteen years. Burroughs researched Olympic Gold Medal sprint champion Michael Johnson’s family history and consulted on the Smokey Robinson genealogy, the Oprah Winfrey genealogy, Reverend Al Sharpton-Strom Thurmond genealogy,  African American Lives2, Who Do You Think You Are, The Real Family of Jesus and consulted with Chicago Public Schools, New York Public Schools, Chicago City Colleges and         Burroughs’ book, Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree (Simon & Schuster, 2001) was number one on Essence Magazine's Best Seller List and is now in its fifth printing. His chapter, African American Genealogy is in the Encyclopedia of African American Hi

  • My Patriot Ancestor and Our Path to the DAR - Barbara Ricard Landix

    My Patriot Ancestor and Our Path to the DAR - Barbara Ricard Landix

    30/04/2020 Duration: 55min

    Barbara Ricard Landix is a native of New Orleans and a recently inducted member into the Pleasant Run Chapter, NSDAR of Texas DAR. Barbara will share her journey to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution based upon her seventh generation grandfather Pierre Belly. Barbara is a charter member of The Louisiana Creole Research Association, Inc., known as LA Creole, that was founded on August 21, 2004 as a New Orleans-based, non-profit family research and educational organization.  

  • The Forced Migration from Bertie County,NC to Madison,MS with Freddi Evans

    The Forced Migration from Bertie County,NC to Madison,MS with Freddi Evans

    27/04/2020 Duration: 26min

    In 1820, exactly two hundred years ago, with the signing of The Treaty of Doak’s Stand, more than five million acres of Choctaw ancestral land in what is now Madison, County, MS was ceded to the United States. As a result, white planters flocked to the area forcing thousands of enslaved black people to migrate with them often leaving family members behind. A number of those planters originated in Bertie County, NC including John Johnston, who migrated there in 1820 and brought with him his body servant, who was her third paternal great grandfather, an enslaved man named March. Other planters from Bertie followed including Noah B. Hinton who brought with him over one hundred and twenty enslaved people among whom were Habeus and Mary, her great, great maternal grandparents. Freddi Williams Evans is a native of Madison, MS located in Madison County, and she resides in New Orleans. She is internationally recognized for her scholarship on historic Congo Square and is the author of Congo Square: African Roots in

  • Finding My Nigerian Homeland with James Morgan lll

    Finding My Nigerian Homeland with James Morgan lll

    22/04/2020 Duration: 28min

    James R. Morgan III is a graduate of the Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Africana Studies in 2011.  James is an active Prince Hall Freemason and as such he serves as Worshipful Grand Historian & Archivist of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia James is an active and experienced genealogist and is a member of the James Dent Walker Chapter of the African American Historical and Genealogical Society. He has presented at the 2016 International Black Genealogy Symposium as well as at the 2019 National Conference of the African American Historical and Genealogcal Society (AAHGS). James serves as a contributing scholar to the Bishop Henry McNeal Turner Project and is the author of The Lost Empire: Black Freemasonry in the Old West (1867-1906).  James is a Co-Panelist on both Black ProGen-Live and the Prince Hall Think Tank, both of which can be found on Youtube.

  • So You Have Some Brick Walls - Get Over it! with Dr. Shelley Murphy

    So You Have Some Brick Walls - Get Over it! with Dr. Shelley Murphy

    21/04/2020 Duration: 29min

    Join Dr. Shelley Murphy for a discussion about the challenges we face when researching African American ancestry. Shelley will share her experiences with brick walls and some ways that might help you combat some of the brick walls we all have and will face. For some, the words “So What?” seem like a curt reply to a simple question. For Shelley Murphy, however, they are the driving force behind her genealogy research and her high-energy presentations. Known affectionately as “familytreegirl”.  More than thirty years later, Shelley has become a genealogy force to be reckoned with. She is a co-founder and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), past president of the AAHGS Chapter of Central Virginia, former vice president of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association (CVGA), and a proud daughter of the Jack Jouett and Walter Hines Page Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is active in her home state of Virginia serving on the Boards of the Library of Virgin

  • Almost Disappeared: Unearthing My Family History with Alvin Blakes

    Almost Disappeared: Unearthing My Family History with Alvin Blakes

    20/04/2020 Duration: 28min

    Almost Disappeared: Unearthing My Family History is a blog that will primarily share genealogical resources and methodology, and add a new voice to those who feel they have been chosen to call the names of their ancestors and tell their stories. Alvin Blakes is a lifelong organizer and community worker who has been researching African history since he was a teenager, and has traveled to Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and all over the United States to pursue his studies. For over 20 years, he has researched his family’s history from Woodville, Wilkinson County Mississippi, back to the late 1700s in the Eastern US.  He is a member of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s African American Genealogy Interest Group. He graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University’s School of Engineering. Currently, he is the Manager of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Agency’s Bus Fleet Engineering Group.

  • Finding Angela, Finding Myself with Nichelle Smith

    Finding Angela, Finding Myself with Nichelle Smith

    17/04/2020 Duration: 43min

    In 2018, Nichelle Smith started researching 1619 and the story of the first enslaved Africans to land in the Virginia colony. She became fascinated by a woman named Angela, the only African woman listed by name in the colony's 1625 muster.  Four hundred years later, her resilience and survival is so remarkable that Angela was the subject of a recent archaeological dig at Historic Jamestown. Nichelle wanted to walk her path and tell her story. Little did she know that she  would have to go all the way to the interior of Angola to do it. Two months after that reporting trip to Angola, Nichelle traveled to Lagos, Nigeria. Every face she saw mirrored her own. This inspired her to take the DNA tests and uncover her family's ancestors. Through telling Angela's story, she  found 'home' and was forever changed by this journey. Nichelle Smith is the coordinating editor for USA TODAY’s Investigations team and leader of several award-winning race and diversity projects for Gannett and USA TODAY, including Civil Ri

  • Self Made with ALelia Bundles

    Self Made with A'Lelia Bundles

    16/04/2020 Duration: 38min

    Self Made is Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. A’Lelia Bundles is the author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, the 2001 New York Times Notable Book about her entrepreneurial great-great-grandmother. Renamed Self Made for the 2020 edition, this biography is the inspiration for the four-part Netflix series starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer that premiered on March 20.   Ms. Bundles is at work on her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, about her great-grandmother whose parties, arts patronage and international travels helped define the era. A former network television news executive and producer at ABC News and NBC News, Ms. Bundles is a vice chairman of Columbia University’s Board of Trustees and chair emerita of the board of the National Archives Foundation. Photograph by Que Duong She is on the advisory boards of the March on Washington Film Festival, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvar

  • The Archive Lady - Melissa Barker

    The Archive Lady - Melissa Barker

    15/04/2020 Duration: 24min

    Join Melissa Barker for a conversation about archiving and preserving records.  Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives and is a well known Book Reviewer for the FGS Magazine FORUM and Utah Genealogical Association Magazine Crossroads. She writes a bi-weekly advice column entitled The Archive Lady published at Abundant Genealogy. She writes history pieces for her local newspaper The Houston County Herald called From the Archives. Her Professional Genealogy expertise is in Tennessee records and she is currently taking research clients. She has been researching her own family history for the past 30 years.  

  • Negotiating the New Normal with Your Elementary Aged Child with Sylvia Hunter

    Negotiating the New Normal with Your Elementary Aged Child with Sylvia Hunter

    14/04/2020 Duration: 20min

    What are some signs of anxiety in children and what can you do as a parent to help them? Sylvia Hazel Hunter, a native of Charleston, South Carolina attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and  a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from the College of William and Mary. Ms. Hazel-Hunter taught elementary school for eight years before becoming the first elementary school counselor in Newport News Public Schools in 1988. She has co-authored two handbooks on elementary school counseling for Newport News Public Schools. Hazel-Hunter was recognized in 2004 as Virginia’s Elementary School Counselor of the Year and Exemplary School Counselor of Hampton Roads in 2012. Currently, she is an elementary school counselor at Riverside Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia. 

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