Center for Family History at the International African American Museum

Center for Family History at the International African American Museum

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Watch for the link posting to register for "Finding Our Fathers, a virtual presenation on April 23rd at 1p EDT. A talk giving by James R. Morgan, III.
Save the Date: April 23, 1p EST: IAAM Center for Family History will host, VIRTUALLY:
James R. Morgan III, a Historian, Genealogist and Author will present “Finding Our Fathers “, which highlights, the ability, and importance of African American fraternal records and organizational history in assisting researchers to chronicle family, community, and state history. More info coming.
USCT's, North Carolina: https://fb.watch/bMyW4vjvSV/
Thank you all for attending today's webinar. Looking forward to seeing you next Saturday at 1pEST to hear Angela Walton-Raji presentation.
IAAM's Center for Family History will be kicking off a Virtual Black History Month. Save your Saturdays to be with the Center for Family History. First up: Feb 5, 1p EST. African American Genealogy Challenges will be presented by Shelley Murphy...
Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Feb 5, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApcuuvqj0qGtIVG3iMbcPpb6A7RDgyZ65O

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Looking forward to having Renate Yarborough Sanders tonight to chat with a group on DNA.
I enjoyed this video about Charleston:
Did you know you could submit photos or documents to the Center for Family History-this is the one place to put all info regarding African American ancestry...share what you have:
Thank you to those that attended the AAHGS Conference and heard the overview on the Center for Family History at IAAM.
I reached out via your website some time ago and have not been successful in reaching anyone, doing some research and trying to trace my family history in the region. I was referred by a historian at the McLeod Plantation. Is there a best way to reach someone on site?
Something to pay attention to:
A family’s genealogical search for justice
"This book is one of the best biographies of an individual USCT soldier to reach the market in recent memory. It is very readable, well documented, and hard to put down. . . . This book is highly recommended for any Civil War enthusiast, especially those with an interest in the contributions of black soldiers to the Union victory."—Civil War News

“Beckman and MacDonald tell the fascinating and riveting story of Smith’s rise from laboring as a slave in Kentucky, to distinguishing himself in the Civil War, to establishing a successful middle-class life, and, finally, to receiving the Medal of Honor. Deeply researched and beautifully written, Carrying the Colors chronicles race as a salient and destructive force in American life, but so too the inspiring power of commitment, determination, and pride.”—John David Smith, author of Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops

Welcome! We are the IAAM Center for Family History. We are a one of a kind research center with a special focus on African American genealogy.

Who you are? Where do you come from? Who are your ancestors? We are the International African American Museum's Center for Family History (IAAMCFH). We invite you to join our Facebook research group here as well: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IAAMCFH/

Operating as usual

03/21/2022
2022 SLRC Annual Genealogy Lecture Series, Finding Your African American Ancestors, with Bernice Bennett, Janis Minor Forte, Dr. Shelley Murphy and Angela Walton-Raji 03/19/2022

2022 SLRC Annual Genealogy Lecture Series, Finding Your African American Ancestors, with Bernice Bennett, Janis Minor Forte, Dr. Shelley Murphy and Angela Walton-Raji

MAAGI Coordinators presenting today beginning at 10am: https://calendar.prattlibrary.org/event/2022_slrc_annual_genealogy_lecture_series_finding_your_african_american_ancestors_with_bernice_bennett_janis_minor_forte_dr_shelly_murphy_and_angela_walton-raji#.YjVFZO7MJQM

2022 SLRC Annual Genealogy Lecture Series, Finding Your African American Ancestors, with Bernice Bennett, Janis Minor Forte, Dr. Shelley Murphy and Angela Walton-Raji Many historical factors make African American family history research uniquely challenging. For those whose ancestors arrived to the United States as enslaved people, a lack of written records, name changes and separations from close family members make tracing their lineage more difficult. But not....

Edisto Island’s slave colony 03/05/2022

Edisto Island’s slave colony

Sharing information-Edisto Island

Edisto Island’s slave colony During the Civil War, Edisto Island was abandoned by many planters in the fall of 1861 as they were called to serve in the Confederate Army. This opened the door for escaped slaves, who began setting up their own refugee camps there.

Home • RootsTech 2022 • FamilySearch 03/03/2022

Home • RootsTech 2022 • FamilySearch

Today, there is still time to register for 2022 Rootstech, the largest genealogical conference-FREE...https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/

Home • RootsTech 2022 • FamilySearch Discover your family history. Explore the world’s largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.

02/10/2022

Registration is still open for this Sat at 1p EST, with Angela Walton-Raji. Topic: Researching African/Native American Genealogy.

Join IAAM CFH as we present four FREE virtual African American #genealogy seminars in February!
https://cfh.iaamuseum.org/register-for-four-free-african-american-genealogy-seminars-in-february/

Family trees fill in the gaps for Black people seeking their ancestral roots 02/01/2022

Family trees fill in the gaps for Black people seeking their ancestral roots

Family trees fill in the gaps for Black people seeking their ancestral roots Black people have been able to connect with the past and give new agency to their identities through building family trees and researching their family histories.

01/20/2022

Join IAAM CFH as we present four FREE virtual African American #genealogy seminars in February!
https://cfh.iaamuseum.org/register-for-four-free-african-american-genealogy-seminars-in-february/

Introducing the Donated Collection Explorer 09/30/2021

Introducing the Donated Collection Explorer

The National Archives has announced the launch of an online finding aid for donated collections:

“This next-generation finding aid includes 826 Collections and provides access to over 829,000 digital pages available in the National Archives Catalog. Within the Donated Collection Explorer, you will find donated materials that document significant programs or activities of the U.S. government, materials with historical or intrinsic value, donations from notable military figures, records from polar exploration, wars, and more.”

https://mailchi.mp/nara/0rjknzxchj-763786?e=fa59170c5c

Introducing the Donated Collection Explorer To help you navigate the universe of records held at the National Archives, we are excited to introduce the third in a series of online finding aid tools: the Donated Collection Explorer! In addition to Federal records, the National Archives holds collections of donated historical materials, many of...

Segregation erased generations of Black history. This Louisiana funeral home is rediscovering it 09/21/2021

Segregation erased generations of Black history. This Louisiana funeral home is rediscovering it

Thanks to Tara Penelope Calishain for sharing!

Segregation erased generations of Black history. This Louisiana funeral home is rediscovering it In the 1930s, a woman named Janie Bell Williams got a job at a school in Butlertown, an African American community in Amite City.

Birth Registers From Historically Endangered Georgia Nursing Home For Expectant African American Mothers Now Available Freely Online – the DLG B 09/02/2021

Birth Registers From Historically Endangered Georgia Nursing Home For Expectant African American Mothers Now Available Freely Online – the DLG B

Birth Registers From Historically Endangered Georgia Nursing Home For Expectant African American Mothers Now Available Freely Online – the DLG B Posted on August 31, 2021August 26, 2021 by Mandy MastrovitaBirth Registers From Historically Endangered Georgia Nursing Home For Expectant African American Mothers Now Available Freely Online The Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home in Camilla, Georgia, and the Digital Library of Georgia have worked to...

Ancestry® Adds New Freedmen’s Bureau Collection that Enables Family History Discoveries for Descendants of Formerly Enslaved People 08/27/2021

Ancestry® Adds New Freedmen’s Bureau Collection that Enables Family History Discoveries for Descendants of Formerly Enslaved People

Ancestry® Adds New Freedmen’s Bureau Collection that Enables Family History Discoveries for Descendants of Formerly Enslaved People Today, Ancestry® spotlights an important, yet often overlooked, part of American history by unveiling the world’s largest digitized and searchable col

Wake County Register of Deeds and Shaw University Collaborate to Complete Enslaved Persons Project 08/20/2021

Wake County Register of Deeds and Shaw University Collaborate to Complete Enslaved Persons Project

Thanks to Tara Penelope Calishain for sharing!

Wake County Register of Deeds and Shaw University Collaborate to Complete Enslaved Persons Project The Wake County Register of Deeds Office and Shaw University are partnering on a project to unlock the secrets of dozens of property deeds to help better reveal the human stories of slavery in our area. The Enslaved Persons Project is a massive effort to catalog, transcribe and make public the recor...

Flag, Medal and Military Uniform Preservation Tips 07/26/2021

Flag, Medal and Military Uniform Preservation Tips

Flag, Medal and Military Uniform Preservation Tips Military memorabilia is often handed down as a remembrance of service time. Here are several flag, medal and military uniform preservation tips.

GenFriends: The Historical Newspapers Indexing Project with Taneya Koonce 07/16/2021

GenFriends: The Historical Newspapers Indexing Project with Taneya Koonce

GenFriends: The Historical Newspapers Indexing Project with Taneya Koonce The panel Melissa Barker, Bernice Bennette, Shelley Murphy, and I welcome Taneya Koonce, the organizer of The Historical Newspapers Project...

Expo – IGHR 07/16/2021

Expo – IGHR

FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Virtual Expo
Saturday, 24 July 2021 | 10 a.m – 5 p.m.

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research will present the FREE FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo in a virtual format for 2021.

FamilySearch personnel will present virtual sessions about the extensive, free resources available online at FamilySearch.org and answer your questions!

In addition, a variety of genealogy and history related organizations and vendors will have virtual booths to help attendees explore genealogy tools, resources, organizations, and educational opportunities.

The Expo is open to the public and free for attendees, but you will need to register in advance to receive the Zoom links.

https://ighr.gagensociety.org/familysearch-ex

Expo – IGHR FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Virtual Expo Saturday, 24 July 2021 | 10 a.m – 5 p.m. We are excited to provide the FREE FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo in a virtual format for 2021! FamilySearch personnel will present virtual sessions about the extensive, free resources a...

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 3 May 2021 05/04/2021

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 3 May 2021

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 3 May 2021 Search this week (3 May 2021) 6.7M more records in US City and Business Directories, Bureau of Land Management Track Books, and Catholic Church records from Venezuela, plus digital images from the Archdiocese of Mérida, and more records for Canada, El Salvador, England, Finland, and the US (IN, NJ,...

New Free Family History Classes and Webinars for April 2021 03/31/2021

New Free Family History Classes and Webinars for April 2021

New Free Family History Classes and Webinars for April 2021 Attend free webinars at FamilySearch in April 2021 that include a multi-part, interactive case study on how to do US research taught by the FamilySearch US reference team, England research, DNA, reading handwriting (Spanish) and tips for using popular genealogy websites Ancestry.com, Findmypast, and...

02/26/2021

Good Evening Friends! We hope you are enjoying RoosTech Connect! Here's a link to where you can find all of the International African American Museum's Sessions. Be sure you add them to your playlist so you can view them. They will be archived for the next year once added to your playlist!

https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/rtc2021/search/results?text=IAAM&language=en-US&broadSearch=true

02/17/2021

RootsTech 2021 Sneak Peek

Friends, if you are planning to attend, the FREE, virtual RootsTech Connect conference Feb. 25-27, this video will give you a SNEAK PEEK at the experience and share tips for how you can prepare, and what to expect!
https://fb.watch/3ItbVJYlAq/

Black Craftspeople Digital Archive 02/01/2021

Black Craftspeople Digital Archive

The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive, a new effort to showcase the work of Black craftspeople and share the histories of the artisans themselves, features identified free and enslaved craftspeople in South Carolina: https://blackcraftspeople.org/

Black Craftspeople Digital Archive Discovering • Interpreting • Digitizing From 1619 to beyond, black craftspeople, both free and enslaved, worked to produce the valued architecture, handcrafts, and decorative arts of the American South. The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive seeks to enhance what we know about black craftspeople...

Marker puts slave history of property on Charleston's Broad Street in plain view 01/31/2021

Marker puts slave history of property on Charleston's Broad Street in plain view

Marker puts slave history of property on Charleston's Broad Street in plain view A new marker placed on Broad Street lays bare the facts of its history: That it was a booming site of the domestic slave trade.

01/18/2021

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Stargazer: Victoria Smalls | Brilliant Star

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washingtonpost.com 12/02/2020

A massive new effort to name millions sold into bondage during the transatlantic slave trade

washingtonpost.com Enslaved.org, the free database launched Tuesday, will allow anyone from academic historians to amateur family genealogists to search for individual enslaved people around the globe in one central online location.

thechurchnews.com 10/28/2020

What a Houston community is doing to restore abandoned Black cemeteries — and how Latter-day Saints are helping

thechurchnews.com The project is more than pruning and trimming trees and restoring broken headstones — it's about finding the lost stories of those buried in abandoned cemeteries.

postandcourier.com 10/19/2020

Behre: Preservation efforts help tell story of historic African American home

postandcourier.com Not far from the site where a former Edisto Island slave cabin was dismantled and eventually moved inside the nation’s new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture stands

smithsonianmag.com 10/16/2020

A Newly Digitized Logbook Documents Life and Death on a Slave Trading Ship

smithsonianmag.com The "Mary" departed Africa in mid-June 1796 with 142 enslaved men, women and children on board

10/09/2020

God Speed 😥

The International African American Museum team is heartbroken to learn of the loss of educator, author, community leader and cultural anthropologist Dr. Ade Ajani Ofunniyin.

Born in Charleston, Dr. O, as he was affectionately called, moved to New York City as a child but returned in adulthood upon the request of his grandfather, renowned blacksmith Philip Simmons, to continue his family’s legacy.

Dr. O worked as an apprentice in his grandfather’s blacksmith shop before pursuing an MA degree in archaeology. As part of his studies, he traveled to both Nigeria and Kenya to study African ironwork.

Back in Charleston, he went on to found the Gullah Society. He also taught courses on race and Gullah traditions as an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston.

Last year, Dr. O presented an ancestral blessing and libation at our groundbreaking worship service. He offered continued support for the Museum and its mission of honoring the untold stories of the African American Journey, and was looking forward to being a part of the Museum’s planning team for an upcoming program, “Homegoing: African American Funeral and Mourning practices from African Villages to Covid19.”

We are forever grateful for the meaningful impact his legacy leaves on the Lowcountry community, and wish his loved ones great peace during this difficult time.

📸: Toni Carrier, Sarah Alsati, Joshua Parks

10/02/2020

International African American Museum

The International African American Museum is preparing to open our doors in 2022, to turn the page on the next chapter in African American history.

As we construct this historic Museum to honor the untold stories of the past and reshape the future, we want to know what matters most to you in this pivotal moment in history—and what you hope we’ll achieve together. Please take our two-question survey today.

postandcourier.com 09/20/2020

Few Black burial grounds remain intact in Charleston. Gullah Society wants to save them.

What a wonderful story about the important work being done by the Gullah Society to preserve burial grounds in Charleston and the Lowcountry!

postandcourier.com Two old Black burial grounds near Calhoun Street contain thousands of human remains.

09/12/2020

International African American Museum

Did you know you can explore your ancestry through the museum? Our Center For Family History features a growing collection of marriage records, obituaries and funeral programs, Bible records, and more - you can access them now via our website.

https://cfh.iaamuseum.org/records/

rootstech.org 09/06/2020

Register for RootsTech Connect

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RootsTech Is Going Virtual

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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 3 August 2020

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