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Welcome to Research at the National Archives and Beyond. This show will provide individuals interested in genealogy and history an opportunity to listen, learn and take action.

I offer a wonderful line up of experts who will share resources, stories and answer your burning genealogy questions. All of my guests share a deep passion and knowledge of genealogy and history.

My goal is to reach individuals who are thinking about tracing their family roots; beginners who have already started and others who believe that continuous learning is the key to finding answers.


"Remember, your ancestors left footprints".

Research at the National Archives and Beyond BerniceBennett

    • History
    • 4.8 • 27 Ratings

Welcome to Research at the National Archives and Beyond. This show will provide individuals interested in genealogy and history an opportunity to listen, learn and take action.

I offer a wonderful line up of experts who will share resources, stories and answer your burning genealogy questions. All of my guests share a deep passion and knowledge of genealogy and history.

My goal is to reach individuals who are thinking about tracing their family roots; beginners who have already started and others who believe that continuous learning is the key to finding answers.


"Remember, your ancestors left footprints".

    The African American Experience with Desi L.Campbell

    The African American Experience with Desi L.Campbell

    Join Hosts Janice and Cherekana of Speak On It ! for a conversation with Desi L. Campbell.

    The African American Experience is a vehicle to serve African Americans in genealogical research through various workshops, seminars that will enable them to pursue their own family history and create a lasting presentation of their findings. We encourage African Americans to have a sense of pride and dignity based on their cultural heritage and to assist them in acquiring a growing cultural awareness. We develop sustainable initiatives that examine the African American Experience through genealogy research.

    Desi is on a mission to help African Americans discover their family history beyond 1870.  His experience in researching wills, probate records, and deeds enables researchers to discover information prior to their ancestor’s freedom. Desi also uses his experiences with ancestry DNA, 23 and Me, Family Tree DNA, and GEDmatch to connect relatives of his clients that may not know who they are.

    • 30 min
    Let's Talk North Carolina with Taneya Y. Koonce and Renate Y.Sanders

    Let's Talk North Carolina with Taneya Y. Koonce and Renate Y.Sanders

    Join Hosts Janice and Cherekana of Speak On It ! for a conversation with Taneya Y. Koonce and Renate Yarborough Sanders about North Carolina Genealogy.

    Let’s Talk North Carolina Genealogy! is a platform hosted by Renate Yarborough Sanders and Taneya Y. Koonce. Initially created in June 2020, as a one summer YouTube show to support and provide North Carolina-focused genealogical education for researchers, the initiative has now grown to include an interactive Facebook page, occasional special programming, and a monthly Research Chat, using Zoom,  which has strengthened the  mission to provide a caring, supportive and educationally-enriched community of and for North Carolina researchers. And, by popular demand, Let’s Talk North Carolina Genealogy! returned in 2021 with Season 2 of its summer series and will continue the chats through December of this year.

    • 39 min
    Legacy: Honoring Richard “Dick” Lewis with Ruth D. Hunt

    Legacy: Honoring Richard “Dick” Lewis with Ruth D. Hunt

    Join Hosts Janice and Cherekana of Speak On It ! for a conversation with Ruth D. Hunt about honoring her enslaved Great Great Grandfather - Richard "Dick" Lewis.

    Ms. Hunt has been researching her great, great grandfather Richard for over 40 years. Early on, she began with the oral history passed down from her Great Aunt Okie Clark, an entrepreneur, who owned a local restaurant with her husband Skipper in Glade Springs, Virginia.  She feels honored, privileged, and proud to paint the picture of her enslaved Great, Great Grandfather and serve as a scribe to tell his story.

    Ruth D. Hunt has changed the lives of many and is praised for her masterful achievements in the profession of genealogy. Like Alex Haley (her mentor) she wants to awaken people's consciousness and inspire all races to embark upon their personal journeys, explore their Roots, and interconnecting relationships.

    • 40 min
    This Quilt Tells One Family’s Story with Phyllis Elmore

    This Quilt Tells One Family’s Story with Phyllis Elmore

    Join Hosts Janice and Cherekana of Speak On It ! as they discuss Phyllis Elmore's family history.


    Phyllis was born in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of four, she was sent to the tiny town of Livingston, Alabama to be raised by her grandmother Lula Horn (1883-1988), who made beautiful quilts out of the clothing of her loved ones. Each strip of fabric tells the story of the wearer’s life and death. She shared these mostly tragic and sometimes witty tales with little Phyllis as she sewed their clothes into a quilt that threaded broken lives back together. Phyllis now shares these profound stories with the world as Grandmother Lula told them to her.

    • 42 min
    Family Matters! with Stacey Bell

    Family Matters! with Stacey Bell

    Join Hosts Janice and Cherekana of Speak On It ! for a conversation with Stacey Bell on Family Matters!


    The importance of knowing your family’s story. Every life has a story, but stories of the lives lived by Black people are not told often enough.   We should use genealogy and history to tell the stories of our families as Black people in the diaspora because their lives mattered.


    Stacey Bell, BS, MPA,  is currently the Program Chair and former Vice President of The Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society – New York Chapter,  current Girl Scout Greater New York Board Member, Urban Women’s Safe Haven DV Shelter - Community Advisory Board President, and Genealogist.

    • 27 min
    Sharing Your Family Stories with Dr. Flora Brown

    Sharing Your Family Stories with Dr. Flora Brown

    Join Hosts Janice and Cherekana of Speak On It ! for a conversation with Flora Morris Brown on Sharing Your Family Stories.

    Flora Morris Brown is an author, publishing coach, and certified Guided Autobiography Facilitator and Trainer who confesses to being a reformed coffee snob and having an unhealthy love of British murder mysteries. She helps everyday people--even those insecure about their writing skills--write their life stories to pass on their experiences, values, and memories to their families to treasure now and as part of their unique legacy.

    Dr. Brown earned a B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She enjoyed teaching junior high through university levels over a 40-year career, the last twenty of which were at Fullerton College from which she retired as Professor Emeritus.

    Drawing from the highlights of happiness research and her adventures as a wife, mom, and educator, Dr. Brown wrote the bestselling book Color Your Life Happy: Create Your Unique Path and Claim the Joy You Deserve. Her most recently released book is Redesigning My Resilient Life:  A Guided Journal for the Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Political Turmoil

    She invites you to visit her website florabrown.com to learn about her current programs, get free downloads, and discover how to connect with her on social media.

    • 47 min

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