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Bernice Bennett: Genealogy Researcher and BlogTalkRadio Host

Bernice Alexander Bennett is an author, teacher, family historian, researcher, business owner and host of her own Blogtalkradio show–Research at the National Archives and Beyond! Bennett is also a Citizen's Archivist with the National Archives in Washington, DC where she and others are preparing the Civil War Widows' Pension files for digitization on Fold3.

After a 35-year career in health care, Bernice Alexander Bennett launched her Blogtalkradio show–Research at the National Archives and Beyond to offer a virtual learning opportunity for individuals to listen to experts share their research on African American history, and offer advice on genealogy strategies. Listeners are invited to log on every Thursday at 9 pm eastern time for 60 minutes of information from array of guest speakers. Bennett has over 245 podcast available on iTune.com, Tunein.com and Stitcher.com. In addition, her website and services are also listed on Cyndi's List a trusted genealogy research site for more than 15 years.

Bennett is a family historian researching and documenting her African American roots in Orleans, St. Helena and Livingston Parishes of Louisiana, and Edgefield and Greenwood Counties of South Carolina. She has researched federal census, land, and civil war pension, War of 1812 as well as, state and parish records. She found the Homestead Act land entry papers and patent granting her great-great grandfather 159.33 acres of land in 1896. She also began a journey to connect with her kinfolks in 2004, unraveling the mystery of her South Carolina heritage. The quest resulted in a miraculous union with relatives she never knew, as well as the slave owner's descendant of her great-great-great-grandfather and mother.

Bennett is the Coordinator of the DNA Track and faculty member with the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute.

Bennett has presented her research at the Afro-American Historical and Genealogy Society, South Carolina Genealogy Society Summer Workshop, National Genealogy Society, the International Black Genealogy Summit, RootsTech 2015 and 2016, Legacy Webinar Presenter, Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 2014 and 2015, the Old Edgefield Genealogical Society Southern Showcase and several other genealogical workshops.

Bennett received her Bachelor's of Science in Education from Grambling State University and a Master's of Public Health in Community Health Education from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.



Last Updated June 28, 2016



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