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Bernice Bennett: Genealogy Researcher and BlogTalkRadio Host

Bernice A. Bennett is genealogist, author, producer, and host of the popular Research at the National Archives and Beyond! Blogtalkradio show. Her guests include nationally recognized historians, genealogist, book authors and family researchers. Bennett is the recipient of the first Ida B. Wells Service Award from the Sons and Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passages for her dedication to broadcast the stories about enslaved and indentured ancestors of African descent.

Bennett was commissioned to research the family history of Roland Martin, an American journalist, syndicated columnist, author, and the TV news show host. She presented her findings on the nationally distributed Roland Martin Live Facebook show and later on the Walmart stage at the 2016 Essence Festival.

A New Orleans native, her research interests focuses on tracing family lineage and history throughout Southeast Louisiana as well as Edgefield and Greenwood, South Carolina.

Bennett's most recent book – Tracing Their Steps: A Memoir – received the Phillis Wheatley Award on June 7, 2019 from the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage and is featured in the Essence Festival 2019 Bookstore.

Her South Carolina journey is chronicled in a collaborative book she co-authored – Our Ancestors, Our Stories – where she connects with newly discovered family members and the slave owner descendant of her paternal line. This connection was featured in a 2014 Fox 5 TV broadcast in Greenville, SC and now on Bennett's YouTube channel.

As a nationally recognized speaker, Bennett is a frequent presenter at national conferences such as the National Genealogical Society, RootsTech, Afro-American Historical and Genealogy Society, the International Black Genealogy Summit, the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and many more.

Before becoming a full-time genealogist, Bennett, enjoyed a 35-year career in domestic and international Public Health. She received an undergraduate degree from Grambling State University and a graduate degree from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health.

Last Updated June 18, 2019

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