Wednesday, September 14, 2022

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show: Black Homesteaders of the South with Bernice Bennett

Cheri and the panel  Melissa Barker, Laura Hedgecock,  Shelley Murphy, and Mary Kircher Roddy welcome back Bernice Bennett, who has been away from GenFriends working on her new book - "Black Homesteaders of the South". This amazing book shares the inspirational stories of 49 black homesteaders from 5 states.  We are so happy for Bernice and congratulate her on all her hard work. We also want to give kudos to Shelley for writing the forward to the book. 

Watch as Bernice shares how this project began and the labor of love putting it all together! 

Do you have homesteaders in your family tree?

Bernice invites anyone who has discovered their black ancestors were homesteaders to reach out and share their stories with her!

Links in this episode:

Book Trailer

Black Homesteaders

African American Homesteaders of the Great Plains

Descendants of African American Homesteaders Facebook Page

Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker -A Genealogist in the Archives

Bernice Bennett-Geniebroots

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Shelley Murphey-The Family Tree Girl

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

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  1. Thank you for this! Excellent interview. Loved ALL of the information Bernice shared, the questions, and support for Bernice and the contributors. I learned about Black Homesteaders because of Bernice's work. I now know what to look for. Awesomeness all around. Thanks Ladies.

    1. Janice thank you for watching and for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed it. Bernice's book is amazing!!