Bernice Bennet Blog Talk Radio

Did you know that you can listen to free, live genealogy talk shows online on BlogTalk Radio? BlogTalkRadio is the largest and fastest growing online talk radio network, where you can listen to thousands of shows on such topics as history, education, social networking and many other topics.

One of our favorite BlogTalkRadio shows is Research at the National Archives and Beyond, with host Bernice Bennett. Every Thursday evening at 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern time, Bernice Bennett hosts engaging conversations with experts who share resources and stories for 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.

Bernice Bennett and her guests will also answer your genealogy questions via the live chat room, or you can call in to speak with Bernice and her guests live.

Below is the July lineup for Research at the National Archives and Beyond. We hope to see you in the live chat room!

Thinking Out of the Box – Creating Things with Genealogy, With Drusilla Pair

Thursday, July 5, 2012 09:00PM
9pm Central, 8pm Eastern, 7pm Mountain, 6p, Pacific

Is genealogy only about who begat whom, or would you consider thinking out of the box by creating a new way of researching and sharing your genealogical stories?

Special guest Drusilla Pair, aka “Professor Dru” is a Genealogist, Technologist, Educator, and Lecturer who has been tracing her family history in Virginia and North Carolina since 1994. She is a native of Newport News, VA and is the author of several blogs including Professor Dru’s Blog,, Find Your Folks,, and Let Freedom Ring,

Her most recent genealogy accomplishments are several programs entitled “Sunday Crowns” which focus on the legacy of church hats in her family and in African American churches and the development and teaching of the Back in the Day, a Faith-Based Institution Historical Research Program for youth in her community. Her current community history projects include research of United States Colored Troop Soldiers from Fort Monroe area and research of James A. Fields and his family, slaves from Hanover County, VA who escaped to Fort Monroe, VA during the Civil War.

The Black Harrises of Orange County, North Carolina, With Gwendolyn Olson

Thursday, July 12, 2012 09:00PM
9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific

Join family historian Gwendolyn Olson for a discussion of her genealogy journey to find her ancestors enslaved in North Carolina and beyond. She traces the Harris roots branch of the family back to her 4x great grandmother Lydia ‘Roberts’ who would have been born around 1770. She is successful in locating her with the collaboration of the great great grand daughter of the man who owned and enslaved her 2x & 3x great grandmothers.

Genealogical Resources in Alabama, With Frazine Taylor

Thursday, July 19, 2012 09:00PM
9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific

Join host Bernice Bennett and special guest Frazine K. Taylor for an interesting genealogical journey through records in Alabama.

Frazine K. Taylor is the author of Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide (2008) and researched Tom Joyner’s and Linda Johnson Rice’s family roots and ties to Alabama for the PBS series, African American Lives 2.

She obtained her Master in Information Studies from Atlanta University and has over twenty years experience as a librarian, archivist, lecturer and writer. She is also the former Head of Reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) and was an expert on Alabama records at ADAH.

Ms. Taylor is currently the Coordinator for the African American Research course for the Samford University – Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Historical Significance of Genealogy- Pearl-Alice Marsh

Thursday, July 26, 2012 09:00PM
9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific

Dr. Pearl-Alice Marsh began her genealogical research 20 years ago as an oral history project. As her parents and their friends grew older, she realized their stories were not only their family and community histories but also important to the history of the Depression-era African-American migration to the Pacific Northwest and of America’s labor history in the logging industry. After recording and transcribing over 1000 pages of material, she found African-American genealogy organizations and resources through the Internet and began genealogical research in earnest.

Her research focuses primarily on north-central Louisiana where she is researching the story of black land ownership in Jackson Parish during reconstruction and post-reconstruction periods. She is also documenting the 20th century family history through oral interviews with family elders ages 84-92 still living in Louisiana and California.

Dr. Pearl-Alice Marsh currently serves as the Global Health Policy Director for ONE and is responsible for developing and coordinating the global health strategy. She also serves as the U.S. Policy Director for ONE and is responsible for coordinating US policy initiative with the global policy efforts.

She was also instrumental in getting legislation passed and signed by President William Clinton to preserve the Freedmen’s Bureau Records. The records are microfilmed, and available for genealogical researchers. The bill, The Freedmen’s Bureau Preservation Act of 2000 (HR 5157) was signed into law during the 106th Congress.

Dr. Marsh holds a Ph.D. in political Science and Master of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley, and B.A. in Social Welfare from Sacramento State College.

On Demand Episodes: A Sampling

Miss an episode? No worries, you can listen to past episodes anytime, at your convenience. Here is a sampling of some shows that may be of interest to Lowcountry researchers:

Sharing Your Genealogy Research Through Blogging!

Join host Bernice Bennett and her special guest on blogging! Angela Walton-Raji is a nationally known genealogy researcher and advocate for other genealogists to join the blogging community. MORE

Slave Records of Edgefield County, SC with Gloria Lucas

Join guest host Natonne Elaine Kemp for an engaging interview and discussion with Mrs. Gloria Ramsey Lucas concerning the Slave Records of Edgefield County, South Carolina. MORE

Edgefield, SC Genealogy Resources with Tonya A. Browder

Guest Tonya A. Browder – Director of the Tompkins Memorial Library discusses the rich history and historical documents and genealogical information available in Edgefield County, South Carolina. MORE

The African American Odyssey of John Kizell – Kevin Lowther

Host Bernice Bennett and co-host Natonne Elaine Kemp lead an engaging conversation with author and historian Kevin G. Lowther about the the life of a Sierra Leonean who survived slavery in Charleston, South Carolina, and served with British forces during the American Revolution. He eventually returned to his homeland, where he campaigned among his people to end slave trading. MORE

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