Live in History
- Live & Upcoming Episodes (6)
Join Brian Sheffey for a discussion of the research behind the Moses Williams Project where he will discuss the numerous repositories and databases accessed in the course of researching his life to-date.
Brian Sheffey has expertise in Genetic Genealogy, mid-Atlantic & Southern genealogical research, with an emphasis on the intersection of white, black, and Native American genealogy. He has used his research knowledge to solve cases of unknown parentage from Colonial America to the present day utilizing DNA and paper trail evidence.
He has deep ancestral roots in colonial Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, as well as the early Kentucky and Tennessee territories. He combine years of experience in marketing research and academia with a passion for genealogical research - and a unique ability to solve seemingly impossible cases. His primary research interests include cases of unknown parentage, such as identifying the white progenitors of his numerous mulatto family lines; and triangulating answers to tough genealogical questions using traditional records and genetic evidence.
Behind his passion for research lies the belief that genealogy is an opportunity to connect with Americans from different backgrounds to enable them to connect with each other – and make connections around the globe.
During World War II, Michigan became a temporary home to 6000 German and Italian POWs. Prof. Greg Sumner tells the story of the national program to bring to the US about 425,000 POWs. Sumner is a scholar and history professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. He uncovered the forgotten story of these POWs and the farms, forests and families they impacted.
At a time of homefront labor shortages, they picked fruit in Berrien County, harvested sugar beets in the Thumb, cut pulpwood in the Upper Peninsula and maintained parks and other public spaces in Detroit. The work programs were not flawless and not all of the prisoners were cooperative, but many of the men established enduring friendships with their captors. Gregory Sumner tells the story of these detainees and the ordinary Americans who embodied our highest ideals, even amid a global war. Sumner discusses this interesting story with host Jim Fausone.
My Journey of Reclaiming an Ancestral Throne: QueenMother Akua Kalia Adaye, QueenMother of the Royal Brong Kingdom in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana
Her Majesty Nanan Akua Kalia Adayé, is an American-born QueenMother crowned in the Royal Brong Kingdom of Côte d’Ivoire and across into the Ghana border. As QueenMother of a 13th century throne, the Brong are the first of all Akan tribes and originated in modern-day Ghana. Nanan Akua Kalia Adayé is the first foreign woman crowned as a traditional ruler in Côte d’Ivoire and is the first known descendent to return to her ancestral village in more than 400 years.
Queen Kalia was crowned twice. First, enstooled as QueenMother of the Royal Court in Tabagne, the Northeastern Region of Côte d’Ivoire in October 2016. Then, His Majesty King Nanan Kouassi Adinkra Adjoumani, elevated QueenMother to the highest throne of the Royal Brong Kingdom encompassing nearly half a million people across two countries in January 2018.
Prof. Jibrell speaks and publishes internationally, and has a published poetry collection entitled, “Plight”.
Professionally as a global strategist and as QueenMother, Nanan works with regional, national and international leaders, in public and private sectors to advance development, and linkages to diaspora communities. Côte d’Ivoire is blessed with fertile ground producing top-quality cashew, coffee, cacao, rubber, ginger, and shea butter, which Nanan is helping to formalize in her Kingdom and across Côte d’Ivoire. Her Majesty has invested to successfully organize and train 10,000+ women shea producers to form a high-quality, large volume, organic certified co-op and was instrumental in getting shea butter in the national strategies for Côte d’Ivoire. Nanan Kalia received an United Nations association award for her works.
Are you worried that you’ve been collecting ancestral information for years but haven’t done anything with it?
In 2016, Kathy Lynne Marshall, 60, felt the mandate from her ancestors to write their stories NOW. She finally figured out a quick-start method for taking the hints and tips from African American genealogists, family lore, and DNA results to write three books in three years, winning three book awards in the process. She will share her method for determining which book to write, how to get started, and how to finish strong, to leave a written legacy for your family. Encouraging others bring their family stories into the American historical record has become her passion.
Each chapter in Marshall’s first book, The Ancestors are Smiling!, was written from the point of view of different descendants of her great-great-grandfather, Otho Williams. Her second book, Finding Otho: The Search for Our Enslaved Williams Ancestors, described her research process and included an interesting interplay with her ancestors. Marshall's latest book, Finding Daisy: From the Deep South to the Promised Land, investigated why her grandmother lied about her birthplace.
Finding Otho and Finding Daisy both have a “Solving Your Mystery” chapter that describe Marshall’s quick-start process to plan, outline, research, write, and print or publish family history books.
Marshall was a 36-year researcher, analyst and technical writer for the California Highway Patrol. She is also an artist (www.KanikaMarshall.com) and has been published in theAAHGS Quarterly Newsletters and two Anthologies.
Opening Music - Sweet Mellow Spice by AK Productions
The Michigan Military Heritage Museum was founded in 2016 in Grass Lake and exists to bring to life the rich history of Michigan's contributions in war and peace. Although we do focus heavily on the involvement of Michigan in the U.S Military; we have artifacts from all over the world, and from many different time periods. We truly strive to be "Where History Matters", and we look forward to meeting you all soon! Dennis and Scott talk with Jim Fausone about fascinating exhibits that bring history alive .
Adrienne Abiodun is a professional genealogist located outside of Tampa, Florida. Combined, her personal and professional genealogical pursuits span nearly two decades, fourteen years of which have been in the exploration of genetic genealogy. She is a member of the Florida Genealogical Society, and a handful of lineage societies which include: Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW), Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage (SDUSMP) which she serves on the board for and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) where she is presently the National Vice Chair for the NSDAR DNA Network Committee and State Chairman for the Florida Society Children of the American Revolution. Her niche areas include African American genealogy, Deep South U.S., lineage societies and genetic genealogy.
Adrienne strives to make genealogy down-to-earth, fun and attainable by anyone interested in their family history. By mixing past professional experience in experiential marketing with genealogy, Adrienne has successfully been able to secure grant funding on four occasions. This allowed her to organize youth genealogy events on behalf of her local C.A.R. society which she is Society President in addition to a community genealogical reconnection event on behalf of the SDUSMP which took place in 2019 at the Bentonia Blues Festival in Yazoo County, Mississippi.
When Adrienne isn’t researching or giving presentations, she enjoys spending time with her two favorite DNA matches - her two children Naomi (9) and Oneil (6).