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Author: Kenyatta D. Berry

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"Genealogy Roadshow" host and author of "The Family Tree Toolkit," Kenyatta D. Berry looks into genealogy, ancestry, and family history as well as what it means to have enslaved ancestors, and interviews with experts in the field.The music for this podcast is "Good Vibe" by Ketsa.
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In this episode, Kenyatta D. Berry, author and host of The Genealogy Roadshow, is joined by author, professional genealogist, and current president of The Board for Certification for Genealogists (BCG), LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson.LaBrenda and Kenyatta discuss not only LaBrenda's career, but also what is required to become a board-certified genealogist. She outlines the process and gives some behind-the-scenes glimpses into BCG's work. They also discuss the lineage association Sons & Daughters of the U.S.. mIddle Passage and what it means to find a community in those whose ancestors had been enslaved.LaBrenda also talks about her book A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina, and how her work can help you, too, no matter what state you live in.You can visit LaBrenda's website here: https://www.labgarrettgenealogy.com/Purchase her book here: https://amzn.to/2X9Fncr And find her on Twitter, and on Facebook. The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa.Please note that link clicks to Amazon.com may contain an affiliate referral, which may earn Kenyatta a referral commission. 
This week Kenyatta D. Berry, author, and host of The Genealogy Roadshow is joined by James R. Morgan III. James is a fascinating individual and has many accolades under his belt: historian, genealogist, and award-winning author of The Lost Empire: Black Freemasonry in the Old West. James is also a Prince Hall Freemason, and  Honorary Fellow and Life Member of the Phylaxis Research Society. James has worked to bring awareness to forgotten Black stories, as well as working through his own family history. In this episode, James and Kenyatta discuss what being a Prince Hall Freemason means, how he works as a historian, and his current dedication to working to find headstones and bring respect to a Black cemetery that was desecrated. Find out more about James on his website, here: https://jamesrmorgan.com/ or on his Twitter.You can purchase his book here: https://amzn.to/3oiM6vR
Kenyatta D. Berry, host of The Genealogy Roadshow and author of The Family Tree Toolkit, is joined by author and house historian Betsy J. Green.The two talk about Betsy's work as a Writer and Editor, as well as her work as a House Historian, which involves her researching and evaluating properties to submit for historical preservation. Betsy shares some "war stories," about how difficult research items have led to major discoveries and beautiful stories about homes. She also provides tips and tricks for working on your own house history, as well as a ghost story or two.Find out more about Betsy at her website, here: betsyjgreen.comRead her newspaper column here: www.independent.com/category/real-estate/the-great-house-detective/ Purchase her book, Discovering the History of Your House by clicking here or see her Way Back When series by clicking here. The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa.Please note that link clicks to Amazon.com may contain an affiliate referral, which may earn Kenyatta a referral commission. 
Join Kenyatta D. Berry, author and host of The Genealogy Roadshow as she's joined by Bernice Bennett. Bernice is a professional genealogist with two books under her belt, who has won numerous awards for her work. Bernice hosts her own podcast on genealogy (though it is being retired) and her work ranges from tracing her own family history in South Carolina, all the way to her work with African American homesteaders. Listen to Bernice's podcast here: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/bernicebennett Purchase "Tracing Their Steps: A Memoir" here: https://amzn.to/3DDYonKPurchase "Our Ancestors, Our Stories," here: https://amzn.to/3DBIYQFAnd visit Bernice's website here: http://geniebroots.com/The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa.Please note that link clicks to Amazon.com may contain an affiliate referral, which may earn Kenyatta a referral commission. 
Kenyatta D. Berry, author of The Family Tree Toolkit and former host of The Genealogy Roadshow is joined by author Lori Erickson, whose new book, "The Soul of the Family Tree" releases on Amazon on August 24 (be sure to order it by clicking here). In this episode, Lori discusses multiple topics, including how to cultivate a writing practice within your genealogy work, what travel looks like when it's travel versus a pilgrimage to where your ancestors lived, or other important places in your life. Lori also shares her feeling on spiritual ancestry and how sometimes we can be connected to someone, without being related to them genetically. You can find Lori Erickson on her website at https://lorierickson.net/, or on Facebook with the handle @LoriEricksonAuthor.The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa.Please note that link clicks to Amazon.com may contain an affiliate referral, which may earn Kenyatta a referral commission. 
Kenyatta D. Berry, author of The Family Tree Toolkit and former host of The Genealogy Roadshow is joined by professional genealogist Renée Carl, who not only works with ancestry but has been at the forefront for keeping records accessible to all populations and has taken the fight to Washington, D.C.In this episode, she discusses how records are threatened, what it means to possess those records, and how we as individuals can help. She also dives into discussing with Kenyatta how those who hold public records can be held more accountable. You can find Renée Carl on her website easterneuropeanmutt.com and her social handles for Twitter and Instagram are easteuromutt.If you are interested in the links mentioned in this podcast, or to find out more on how you can help in the fight for fair records, check out these links:https://www.recordsnotrevenue.comhttps://www.archives.gov/nhprc/projects/indexhttps://www.archives.gov/nhprc/projects/states-territoriesAs Renée mentioned, the most direct way of helping is to contact your Representative and Senators and:Tell them you want the records of the USCIS Genealogy Program, and the accompanying index, transferred to the National Archives. Ask them to support increased funding for the National Archives. We support the request made by the National Coalition for History and the National Humanities Alliance to provide NARA with an operating budget of $433 million. The Humanities Alliance provides this tool to contact Congress about funding for NARA: https://p2a.co/sG53z3A .The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa.Please note that link clicks to Amazon.com may contain an affiliate referral, which may earn Kenyatta a referral commission. 
In this episode, former Genealogy Roadshow host and author of The Family Tree Toolkit, has a conversation with Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy,  Descendant Project Researcher at the University of Virginia, to discuss the role and responsibilities that higher education and academia plays in acknowledging being founded on slave ownership, and institutions that were built with slave labor. Dr. Murphy shares her work with the University of Virginia, and she and Kenyatta discuss what it's like to work with their own enslaved ancestors and how they have navigated finding records in the past. Dr. Murphy can be found on Twitter with the handle @familytreegirl and her website is familytreegirl.com.The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa.Please note that link clicks to Amazon.com may contain an affiliate referral, which may earn Kenyatta a referral commission. 
Join Kenyatta as she has a conversation with Samara Garth, owner of Crush Sweets (IG/FB: CrushSweets) about her "Black is not Bitter," product, how food is related to our families and our past, and what you can do to connect with your ancestors through cooking. Follow Crush Sweets on IG or FB with the handle mycrushsweets.The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa. 
Join Kenyatta as she discusses not only records available to you, but also projects going on at the Library of Virginia to help tell the stories of enslaved individuals. She's joined by Errol Somay and Greg Crawford to discuss this pivotal work. The music for this episode is "Good Vibe" by Ketsa.
Join Jeff Jackson, Professor of Sociology, Chuck Ross, Professor of History and African American Studies, and Jodi Skipper, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Southern Studies who formed the Slavery Research Group at the University of Mississippi as they join with Kenyatta to discuss what research can be done at universities to support an inclusive environment and equitable research into institutions built by the enslaved.  The music for this episode is "Good Vibe" by Ketsa.
Join Kenyatta and Janice Lovelace, a professional genealogist,  who not only has a degree in biology but who has worked as a clinical psychologist for forty years, sit down to talk about trauma and genealogy. Janice shares tips on how to process finding enslaved ancestors and learning what they went through, and how to give space to the fact that these ancestors in particular hold a weight in our lives, one that brings wounds to the surface, but that their stories desperately need to be told. Janice also delves into advice for those who have found out that they were families of the enslaved, and what to do in that situation. Join me for this conversation, and as always, the music is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa. 
This week Kenyatta talks about how she began her career, and why the scariest things can also be the best. She also talks about her current work, what it means to research enslaved ancestors and more. The music for this episode is "Good Vibe" by Ketsa. 
In this episode, Kenyatta sits down with Gail Lukasik, author of White Like Her to discuss how Gail's story affected Kenyatta, and what it was like for Gail to find out that her mother had been hiding that she was Black to her family. 
In this episode, Kenyatta D. Berry, host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow, and author of The Family Tree Toolkit  discusses what led her to genealogy, and what her research has led her to find about her own family. The music for this episode is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa. 
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