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Beneath the Underground at MDSA

The Maryland State Archives Presents: Beneath the Underground: The Flight to Freedom and Communities in Antebellum Maryland 

An Archives of Maryland Electronic Publication

Check out the new database!

AfriGeneas Launches Ancestral Cooking Forum

The following is an announcement from AfriGeneas.com:

Marietta, GA (August 17, 2006) – African American genealogists searching for their African roots have another tool with the launch of AfriGeneas.com’s Ancestral Cooking Forum ( http://www.afrigeneas.com/forum-food/ ). Food and how it is prepared can provide important clues about where African Americans’ ancestors came from on the African continent and the traditions forged in different places after their arrival in the Americas can help them determine more recent origins.

Some ingredients common to African American cooking that reflect African culture include okra, meat jerky, greens, yams, peanuts, rice, onions, sesame seeds, black-eyed peas, hot peppers, bananas, coconut and cornmeal. Cooking methods derived from African cooking include making stews that require long simmering periods, using many different kinds of meats and vegetables, large iron pots, communal cooking; combining fruit and meat in main dishes, and deep-frying meat and vegetables.

The Ancestral Cooking Forum is the latest addition to the popular and informative AfriGeneas message boards which include forums for discussion of slavery, Reconstruction, the Underground Railroad, Blacks in the military, DNA research, genealogy and technology, family reunions, African-Native American ancestry, free persons of color, and multi-cultural ancestry in addition to general genealogical and family history discussions and surname queries.

“Our mission at AfriGeneas,” according to webmaster Valencia King Nelson, “is to provide the resources for researching African related ancestry. Our forums are places for sharing research, networking and for advancing scholarship.”

About AfriGeneas

AfriGeneas ( http://www.afrigeneas.com/ ) is the premier African American genealogy website. It consists of databases, extracted documents, mailing lists, message boards and chats. It is Google’s top-ranked African American genealogy site and has been named one of the top 101 genealogy websites for seven years in a row by Family Tree Magazine. The AfriGeneas Family Reunion Primer is the top-ranked African American family reunion destination on the web.

from eogn.com

Reginald F. Lewis Museum Genealogy Quarterly Program

Saturday, September 23, 2006

10:30 a.m.

Join us for this exciting workshop at the museum on how to research African American families using the Maryland State Archives.

Chris Haley, Director of the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, and nephew of author Alex Haley will share state and county record sources and the latest tools for genealogy research in Maryland.  This event is free with museum admission. Please call 443-263-1816 to register.

Information Provided by Lisa Crawley/Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Download Free Issue of Internet Genealogy Magazine

Internet Genealogy Magazine

Recognition of Black Confederate Soldiers Committee Announced

The following is an announcement from the United Daughters of the Confederacy:

Recently, President General Esther Cope of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) appointed a committee to gather information on black Confederate soldiers, including information on markers and monuments honoring these Confederate heroes.

Each UDC Chapter has been directed to search out and document graves, markers, pensions, military records and other information on these men.

Individuals are asked to collect the following information: The names, military records or pensions, if possible.

  • Location of grave and type of marker. If possible, include a photograph.
  • Photos of monuments to black Confederates, including location, date erected and other dedication information.
  • Any other pertinent information.

[This announcement is from the UDC Magazine, Aug 2006, Vol. LXIX, No. 7, p. 10]

You can send this information into the Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, UDC – Attn: Lynna Kay Shuffield, P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222 or via e-mail to lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

from eogn.com

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