Blogtalkradio show, "Research at the National Archives and Beyond," and a family historian researching and documenting her African American roots in the Orleans, St. Helena and Livingston parishes of Louisiana, and Edgefield and Greenwood counties of South Carolina.
Bennett has presented her research at the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society; South Carolina Genealogy Society Summer Workshop; National Genealogy Society, International Black Genealogy Summit, Old Edgefield District Genealogy Society Showcase, the Midwest African American Institute of St. Louis, and the Washington DC Family History Center. Bennett is one of five authors ( The Memory Keepers) of a new collaborative book - Our Ancestors - Our Stories.
FR024 Friday June 6, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
The Future of African American Genealogy
Bernice Bennett, Nicka Smith, Angela Walton-Raji
Hear from leaders in the African American genealogy community as they address collaboration, DNA connections, slave/slaveholder/ancestor projects, and technology.
SA044 Saturday June 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Observations in the United States Colored Troops Widows Pension Records
Explore the challenges faced by widows and/or former slave descendants of soldiers applying for a Widow’s Pension. Learn how the widows and/or family members provided evidence to support their applications. In addition, examine how the lack of the legal name of the soldier when enlisted, the name of the company and regiment or even a legitimate marriage license, and or birth certificate could disqualify a claim from being approved.
SA052 Saturday June 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Who are the witnesses?
This session will examine the value of searching the witnesses listed in the Homestead Applications under the Homestead Act of 1862.
SU027 Sunday June 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Collaborating to Tell Your Story
Writing a collaborative book with genealogists who share a common bond is a great way to share your story. Learn the particulars of self-publishing a collaborative book and how to make it a success. Presented with Anita Paul.