More Flavors, More Fun! Announcing Season 6 of BlackProGen LIVE!

Dawn of a New Deacade

With the 10s leaving the building and the 20s now on the horizon, a shift of focus is upon us. 2020 means a sixth season with the C.R.E.W. you love and the addition of a new content to keep the people of color voice at the forefront in genealogy and family history. In addition to the BPG episodes you love, there are a couple new things on the horizon.

Some new faces will be joining the panel as well. Please welcome Ressie Luck-Brimmer, Carmen White, Andre Ferrell, and Michael Willis!

NEW Series: History: Unscripted

History: Unscripted features your favorite panelists, and a guest, discussing pop culture and current events from a genealogy and family history perspective. While this series will still appear on the same YouTube channel, it’s pre-recorded to offer the best experience for general viewers and the C.R.E.W. History: Unscripted episodes are in addition to regular BlackProGen LIVE episodes – there are 25 total episodes for season six!

Be sure to catch the first H:U, set to post on Tuesday, January 28, with special guest, author Anette King. 

Be sure not to miss an episode of History: Unscripted or BlackProGen LIVE. Subscribe and click the bell for reminders TODAY!

NEW! Twitter Chat

What’s a Twitter chat? Well, they’re discussions hosted by an account on Twitter that pose questions or give out prompts around a central theme. Chat participants then tweet their responses using the designated hashtag. In this case it’s #CREWChat.

Each #CREWChat in 2020 will be focused on a particular movie or TV show where the prompts will be focused on how you can identify or track down the family history and genealogy of the characters. There are 17 scheduled!

Catch the first one on Tuesday, January 7, which is all about the movie The Color Purple! Released in 1985, this cultural mainstay stars Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Rae Dawn Chong, and more. Then, on January 21, we’ll be talking about about the hit movie Soul Food. #CREWChat takes place at 8pm Central. Be sure to:

  1. follow us on Twitter
  2. download the full schedule; and
  3. join us on Twitter on the designated day and timeand follow the #CREWChat hashtag.

Season 6 Complete Schedule

#CREWChat Goes to the Movies: The Color Purple (1985)

#101 – The Count: A Deep Dive Into the 1870 and 1880 US Census

In this first episode in our Dawn of a New Decade series, learn the ins and outs of two of the most utilized census sets for those researching African Americans within the United States.

#CREWChat Goes to the Movies: Soul Food (1997)

#102 – History: Unscripted

Special guest: Anette King, author

2020 Black History Month Series

#CrewChat Does TV: Roots

#CrewChat Does TV: Queen Sugar 

#103 – Breaking Ancestral Narratives Free

Ever wanted to craft a narrative for your ancestors, but you weren’t sure where to start? In this episode, we’ll discuss how to use the facts you’ve gathered to create a narrative that can be used across all different types of media.

#104 – Jumping the Broom: Researching Marriages and Unions

And the two souls become one! Marriage records are crucial when it comes to tracing family lines. Learn the history behind them, how to locate them, and how the information they hold can lead to more finds.

#105 – Tracing the Trade: Slavery in Louisiana and Mississippi 

Louisiana and Mississippi were important locations when it comes to slavery within the United States and the migration of the enslaved from the upper south to the lower south. In this episode, learn the ins and outs of researching the slave trade in these two important locations.

Episode 106 – History: Unscripted 

Special guest: Regina Jackson, president & CEO of East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC)

#107 – The Count: Unearthing Gems in the 1900 and 1910 US Census 

In this second episode in our Dawn of a New Decade series, learn the ins and outs of the first two census sets of the 20th century and the gems within to unearth more research finds!

#CrewChat Goes to the Movies: Imitation of Life

#108 – History: Unscripted

Special guest: Jenjii Hysten, career coach, diversity and inclusion facilitator, youth development expert

#CrewChat Does TV: Good Times

#CrewChat Goes to the Movies: Boyz N The Hood

#109 – Tracing the Trade: Slavery in North and South Carolina 

North and South Carolina were important locations when it comes to slavery within the United States and the migration of the enslaved from the upper south to the lower south. In this episode, learn the ins and outs of researching the slave trade in these two important locations.

#110 – Court Records for People of Color Family History Research 

What’s the difference between circuit and chancery court? Are probate and succession the same thing? Why bother looking at court records when it’s not involving slavery? Get the answers to these questions and more during this episode, where we’ll cover court records from top to bottom.

#111 – History: Unscripted

#CrewChat Goes to the Movies: Daughters of the Dust

#112 – The Count: Behind the 1920 and 1930 US Census 

In this third episode in our Dawn of a New Decade series, learn the ins and outs of the two census that cover the beginnings of the Great Migration into the economic downturn known as the Great Depression.

#CrewChat Does TV: Black-ish/Mixed-ish 

Episode 113 – History: Unscripted

#CrewChat Does TV: 227

#114 – In Case Stuff: Using Insurance Records in Genealogy Research 

There literally has been insurance for just about anything and that means there’s also a lengthy paper trail! Learn how you can utilize insurance records to trace the enslavement of ancestors, track occupations for ancestors, and get a bird’s eye view into the everyday lives of the family members you’re researching.

#CrewChat Goes to the Movies: The Best Man/The Best Man Holiday

#115 – History: Unscripted 

#CrewChat Goes to the Movies: Crooklyn

#116 – Midwest African American Genealogy Institute  (Pre-Recorded)

#117 – History: Unscripted

#118 – The Count: Forecasting the Future with the 1940 and 1950 US Census 

In this fourth episode in our Dawn of a New Decade series, we’ll cover the most recently released census and how to prepare for the release of 1950 in 2022.

#119 – History: Unscripted

#CrewChat Does TV: Greenleaf

#CrewChat Goes to the Movies: Eve’s Bayou

#120 – The Count: Giving Voice to the 1850 and 1860 US Census 

In this fifth and final episode in our Dawn of a New Decade series, learn how these two census sets can be crucial in tracing enslaved people along with documenting free people of color.

#CrewChat Goes to the Movies: The Madea Franchise

Episode 121 – History: Unscripted

#CrewChat Does TV: Diff’rent Strokes

#122 – Interviewing for Genealogy and Family History Research 

Do more than show up with a recorder or note pad. Get the most out of interviews by learning how to ask the right questions, what to do with difficult interview subjects, and more.

#CrewChat Does TV: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

#123 – History: Unscripted

#124 – Researching While Black 

Perhaps you’ve heard “we don’t have access to those records.” Or, have you gone to do on-site research and the staff didn’t let you access records in the public domain? Have you been treated unfairly while in a repository simply because you’re deeply in the minority within that space? We’ll discuss the researching while black phenomenon and more during this episode.

#125 – History: Unscripted

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