25 February 2011

My Ancestor Was Born in the State of Franklin!

Everyday Genealogy: My Ancestor Was Born in the State of Franklin!: "Minnesota? South Dakota? Wisconsin? Franklin? One of the most fascinating elements of creating Everyday Genealogy - the Desk Calendar last ..."

23 February 2011

A New House, Family Memories and Our Home on Pine ...

Pack Peddler's Place: A New House, Family Memories and Our Home on Pine ...: "A New House This week we have been busy getting Clayton's new house ready. Painting, flooring and setting up a kitchen for someone who at b..."

21 February 2011

Washington: State, Capital & President

Everyday Genealogy: Washington: State, Capital & President: "When I was a child we celebrated Lincoln’s Birthday and Washington’s Birthday as two separate holidays. Lincoln’s birthday is still Februa..."

20 February 2011

Word Tables Aren’t Just for Lists

Technology Tamers: Word Tables Aren’t Just for Lists: "Many years ago someone said to me, “You know the software doesn’t care how you use it.” I had been busy trying to learn to use a word proces..."

14 February 2011

Barrington, Beacon Hill and Family Stories

Pack Peddler's Place: Barrington, Beacon Hill and Family Stories: "I grew up listening to family stories. I remember sitting around our kitchen table listening to my mother,her sisters and brothers talking a..."

13 February 2011

Everyday Genealogy Clearance Sale

Everyday Genealogy: Everyday Genealogy Clearance Sale: "Spring cleaning is starting early this year in Florida! Everyday Genealogy 2011 Desk Calendars have been reduced to $5.99 including standa..."

12 February 2011

Lincoln, Grant and Reagan

Everyday Genealogy: Lincoln, Grant and Reagan: "Growing up in Illinois I was aware that the state laid claim to two presidents: Abraham Lincoln and Ulyssess S. Grant. With a state motto of..."

01 February 2011

Amani Asukili helps us celebrate Black Family History Month

Black History Month will be celebrated by PCGS on February 12, 2011 to honor all the people from Africa who made a great change in the life and outlook of all human beings in America. Amani Asukili , a well known local columnist, will be our program speaker.

Carter G. Woodson, a noted educationist and historian, began the celebration in 1926. In 1976, President Jimmy Carter declared February to be a Black History Month for the nation. The two men who changed the lives of black Americans, former President Abraham Lincoln and Frederic Douglas, a former slave, abolitionist and a politician, were both born in February. The month will be spent all over the nation celebrating the achievements of African Americans while exploring their history.

Many people are not aware, but according to David Eltis’s and David Richardson’s new book, “Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade”, they write, “In the 3 1/4 centuries between 1492 and about 1820, four enslaved Africans left the Old World for every European.”

Because these forced oceanic immigrants were considered commodities, plenty of records were kept and details of where and when they came can be found in various government record archives. Historians have been allowed to retrieve information on 35,000 slave voyages from Africa, The new book by Eltis and Richardson took five decades of research in archives around the North and South Atlantic and provides 189 detailed maps of the slave travel and ports. This is a valuable new tool for genealogical research.

Both Canada and United States celebrate Black Family History Month. Be sure to mark your calendars for February 12, 2011 and come and join us at our regular meeting.