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Conversations with Kenyatta

"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 experts in the field. The music for this podcast is "Good Vibe" by Ketsa.

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A Conversation with Lynne Jackson, President and Founder of The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation
This week on Conversations with Kenyatta, Kenyatta D. Berry,  author of The Family Tree Toolkit, and host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow is joined by Lynne Jackson, President, and Founder of The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, and descendant of Dred Scott. The two discuss the foundation, who Dred Scott was, and why his case is pivotal to many. SHOW NOTES AND IMPORTANT LINKS: Website  www.dredscottlives.org (2016 - Present)Archived website www.thedredscottfoundation.org (2006-2016)Join us for the closing of FACES OF DRED SCOTT exhibit on Friday evening, Sept 30th from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.and for the Opening of the 4th Exhibit this Fall sharing history on millionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist  Annie Malone at the Dred Scott Office Center in Chesterfield, MO beginning Oct 15 4:30 p.m.December 1st DSHF is collaborating with the Missouri History Museum and others in Celebrating Music Education in the Ville"  Honoring music legends Alleda Ward Wells and Kenneth Brown Billups. 
51:37 09/13/2022
A Conversation with Regina Mason
On this episode of Conversations with Kenyatta, Kenyatta D.  Berry, author of The Family Tree Toolkit, and host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow  sits down with Regina Mason, who is a direct descendant of William Grimes. The two discuss what genealogy means, especially to those who were enslaved, or who have African Roots, and why that's been taboo to discuss in the past, and even today. They also dive into Gina's Journey, a film about Regina's experiences with her genealogy, as well as her book, which focuses on her ancestor, William Grimes.The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa.
46:52 07/21/2022
A Conversation with Dr. Joshua Rothman, University of Alabama
On this special 30th episode of Conversations with Kenyatta, Kenyatta is joined by Dr. Joshua Rothamn, Professor of history and current department chair of the University of Alabama.  Dr. Rothman and Kenyatta discuss his books, his work researching the enslaved, as well as what trauma for enslaved individuals through their oppressors looks like, and how historical figures did their best to help in times of enslavement. 
45:54 07/07/2022
A Conversation with Dr. Kari Winter
This week, Kenyatta D. Berry, host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow, author of The Family Tree Toolkit, and motivational speaker is joined by Dr. Kari Winter, a professor of American Studies at the University of Buffalo. She and Kenyatta discuss her book, The Blind African Slave: or, Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch, Nick-named Jeffrey Brace, how literature and the portrayal of Black characters has influenced her work, and what her upcoming projects are.Dr. Winter served as director of the University of Buffalos Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender (Gender Institute), which supports research on women and on the intricate connections between gender and other social forces, such as sexuality, race, class, health, age, religion and place.In addition, she has focused on spearheading "Reclaiming Our Ancestors," a national network of scholars, artists, and activists aimed to promote racial justice and public history through focusing on attention on 18th- and 19th-century African Americans and their descendants in the 21st century. She also is working with a team of filmmakers based in Vermont to create a television series about 18th- and 19th-century multicultural people in northern New England, primarily African Americans and Abenakis.The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa.
49:01 05/11/2022
A Conversation with Dr. Antoinette Harrell
 This week on Conversations with Kenyatta, I'm joined by Antoinette Harrell, and it's a fascinating conversation.We dive not only into her work but what it means to be a genealogist and an activist, in an episode that's sure to inspire you in multiple ways.  
42:20 04/27/2022
A Conversation with Dr. Valerie Johnson
 This week on Conversations with Kenyatta, I'm joined by Dr. Valerie Johnson, the Dean of Arts and Science for Shaw University. We have a wonderful conversation on everything from redlining and what Dr. Johnson had to experience growing up, and what she has been working on now - including teaching me about a new record set! 
44:21 04/15/2022
A Conversation with John F. Baker Jr.
In this episode, Kenyatta D. Berry, host of Genealogy Roadshow and author of The Family Tree Toolkit, talks with author and genealogist John F. Baker, Jr. Find out more about him, and his work here: https://wessyngton.com/
28:41 03/22/2022
A Conversation with Richard Cox
In this episode, Kenyatta D. Berry, host of Genealogy Roadshow and author of The Family Tree Toolkit speaks with Richard Cox, who is the consultant and project manager for the Digital Library on American Slavery, as well as the People not Property Project. He and Kenyatta talk about what it means to use records, how digitizing records helps everyone, and, about beer, and its liberating properties. Really! Find the Digital Library on American Slavery here: http://dlas.uncg.edu/The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa. 
48:54 03/09/2022
A Conversation with Oliver Franklin
This week Kenyatta D. Berry, host of The Genealogy Roadshow, and author of The Family Tree Toolkit, is joined by Oliver Franklin, who is potentially one of her most interesting guests. From being a diplomat to special credentials given to him by the Queen herself, his life is a fascinating glimpse into the history of diplomacy, as well as how Black ancestors were regarded in different countries. 
52:53 02/22/2022
Why Black History is American History
In this episode of Conversations with Kenyatta, Kenyatta updates her listeners with a new segment called "Keeping Up with Kenyatta," which discusses where her research is heading - and how you may be able to help. Additionally, she talks about why Black History is important - and not just in February. 
22:49 02/08/2022
A Conversation with Jen Baldwin of FindMyPast
This week, Kenyatta D. Berry, host of The Genealogy Roadshow, and author of The Family Tree Toolkit is joined by Jen Baldwin, the North American Content Manager and Global Ambassador Program Lead for Findmypast. The two dive into a myriad of topics, discussing Irish and British ancestry, how the Spanish Flu affected records, and how to use FindmyPast in your research - including big news on their latest collection - the 1921 census.  Join FindMyPast here: www.findmypast.comFind out more about the 1921 Census: https://www.findmypast.com/1921-censusUse their free records here: https://www.findmypast.com/page/free-ancestry-recordsABOUT JEN BALDWINJen Baldwin has been working in the realm of professional genealogy since 2010 but has been pursuing her family history since she was ten years old, enjoying her grandmother's stories - and her cookies. She is currently the North American Content Manager and Global Ambassador Program Lead for Findmypast. Jen lectures, writes, and consults on a variety of genealogy related topics, and was part of the research team for Genealogy Roadshow, season two on PBS. She is the author of course materials for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She is excited to discover unique resources that allow for a different perspective in genealogical research, including the vast research opportunities for family historians around the world to take advantage of UK collections, such as newspapers and the upcoming 1921 Census of England and Wales.
50:08 01/26/2022
A Conversation with Dr. Deborah Abbott
On this episode of Conversations with Kenyatta, Kenyatta D. Berry, host of Genealogy Roadshow and author of The Family Tree Toolkit is joined by Dr. Deborah Abbott, a professional genealogist, and mentor to Kenyatta. They discuss what genealogy looks like, especially for those doing research on the enslaved, and how to get the most of the records, especially the clues you may be missing.ABOUT DR. ABBOTT: Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, is a professional genealogist, specializing in African American research, manuscript collections and genealogy methodology.  She serves as a member of the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Archives Advisory Commission. She is an associate with the Kentucky-Tennessee Associates based in Springfield, TN; past president of the African American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, OH; and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. She holds both the BS and M.Ed. degrees from Tuskegee University in Alabama and the PhD degree from Kent State University in Ohio.    Dr. Abbott is an instructor as well as the coordinator for both the week long African American tracts at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) held at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA and the Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh held at LaRoche University in Pittsburgh, PA.  She is also an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in Salt Lake City, UT.  She presents lectures and workshops at a variety of national, state, and local genealogy conferences across the country, as well as colleges, businesses & libraries. She has had articles published in both the Ohio Genealogy News and Family Tree Magazines. Dr. Abbott can be seen teaching African American research entitled “Needles & Threads” on Ancestry Academy, an educational website video course for Ancestry.com. She teaches monthly classes entitled “Using Ancestry.com in Genealogy Research” at the Lakewood (Ohio) Public Library and coordinates the “Genealogy and Family History Clinic” for the Cleveland Public Library. A Cleveland, Ohio native, Dr. Abbott is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Tuskegee University National Alumni Association, and Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland.The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa. 
50:01 01/10/2022
A Conversation with Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective
On this episode of Conversations with Kenyatta, Kenyatta D. Berry, host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow, and author of The Family Tree Toolkit is joined by Maureen Taylor, also known as The Photo Detective. Maureen uses photos to dig into clues about our genealogy and family history that you may have missed and even gives an example as she and Kenyatta dive into how one photo clue can change the course of your research.Find Maureen Taylor at her website at https://maureentaylor.com/, on Facebook at MaureenPhotoDetective, and on Instagram and Twitter at photodetective.The music for this episode is, as always, "Good Vibe," by Ketsa. 
40:31 12/27/2021
A Conversation with J. Mark Lowe, Professional Genealogist
On this week's episode, Kenyatta D. Berry, author of The Family Tree Toolkit and host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow is joined by J. Mark Lowe, a professional genealogist, and educator. The two discuss his journey to genealogy and why professional genealogists are needed now more than ever before, as well as what it looks like when you work with a professional genealogist. Find J. Mark Lowe on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Please use the following links for websites of those mentioned in the show: Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) – University of Georgiahttps://ighr.gagensociety.org/ighr-2022/Texas Institute of Genealogy  (TIGR) Texas State Genealogical Societyhttps://www.txsgs.org/featured-events/tigr-2021/Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)https://www.slig.ugagenealogy.org/Legacy Family Tree Webinars by J. Mark Lowehttps://familytreewebinars.com/speaker/mark-lowe/The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa.
48:30 12/14/2021
A Conversation with Frazine Taylor, Professional Genealogist
This week Kenyatta D. Berry, host of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow is joined by Frazine Taylor, a professional genealogist, who specializes in records and research of enslaved and freed individuals in Alabama. She is the author of Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide, which is currently being updated to a second edition.She has worked with numerous organizations, including serving time in the Peace Corps, and speaks to what it means to be a member of genealogical societies, and how she has worked as an advocate to promote Black voices in the genealogy community.  Frazine is also a co-founder of Beyond Kin (https://beyondkin.org/), which works to help redefine the roles of family, and help make space for individuals who have roles outside of their relationships through DNA, as well as aid in crowd-sourcing help for record research, and finding ancestors. 
40:13 11/24/2021
A Conversation with Dr. Malcolm Wardlaw
This week, Kenyatta D. Berry is joined by Dr. Malcolm Wardlaw, from the University of Georgia. Dr. Wardlaw has been working closely with colleague Virginia Traweek in researching the Freedman's Savings Bank and Trust Company. Their work has been substantial to the genealogy community in that they have helped revitalize critical records, as well as looking into why this bank failed, and what that means for the descendants of those who used it. The bank itself was meant for those who had been recently enslaved to hold savings accounts and establish banking practices. This project is pivotal in finding out more about how financial records can help your genealogy work, even if not involved with the Freedman's Savings Bank,  as well as helps shine a light on the stories of those who lost money in the bank, and how famous Americans helped contribute to trying to save it.More information about the project can be found at this link, and you can find out more about Dr. Wardlaw on his website, and his associate Virginia Traweek, by clicking here. The music for this podcast, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa.
44:39 11/09/2021
A Conversation with Kelvin Meyers, Forensic Genealogist
This week, Kenyatta D. Berry, host of Genealogy Roadshow and author of The Family Tree Toolkit, is joined by Kelvin Meyers, a forensic genealogist. Kelvin tells Kenyatta was a forensic genealogist does, along with examples of how he does his research, as well as how he got started as a forensic genealogist. Find out more about Kelvin and his work by clicking here.TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains conversations on sexual assault and incest, please be advised. The music for this episode, as always, is "Good Vibe," by Ketsa. 
39:17 10/26/2021
A Conversation with LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, Author, Genealogist, and Current President of BCG
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. 
48:10 10/12/2021
A Conversation with Author and Historian James R. Morgan III
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
47:41 09/28/2021
A Conversation with House Historian Betsy J. Green
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. 
34:57 09/15/2021
A Conversation with Bernice Bennett
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. 
38:04 09/01/2021
A Conversation with Lori Erickson, author of "The Soul of the Family Tree"
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. 
35:43 08/18/2021
A Conversation with Renée Carl, Professional Genealogist and Advocate
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. 
35:28 08/04/2021
A Conversation with Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy, Descendant Project Researcher at the University of Virginia
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. 
43:15 07/15/2021
A Conversation with Samara Garth of Crush Sweets
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. 
28:46 06/23/2021
A Conversation with Errol Somay and Greg Crawford of the Library of Virginia
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.
44:44 06/04/2021
A Conversation with the Slavery Research Group at the University of Mississippi
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.
43:55 05/12/2021
A Conversation with Janice Lovelace
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. 
36:23 04/28/2021
A Conversation with Thom Reed of FamilySearch.org
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40:21 04/13/2021
Why You Should Take the Leap
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. 
15:06 03/16/2021