Thanks Tim..I truly thank you for this new information. I am a Charter member of the Old Edgefield Historical and Genealogy Society, SC. I was encouraged by a speaker, who's ancestors, are out the same area, to post stories in the HOMEPLACE Newsletter. I also post stories in the QUILL, edited by Tonya Browder. My stories are in the PERSI. I started out using this on Heritagequest and when I looked for my surnames in their records, VANCE was not adequately represented as a black person writing. I ordered the articles and noticed they came from the Allen Library in Ft Wayne Ind. By the way the FGS workshop is a good idea to attend this year and anyone interested can use hotel discounts, to research at this library. Everyone needs to remember, IF you see no black representation in the files, it is because WE, don't tell our family stories in writing, but someone else does. WRITE YOUR STORY. I am also a member of the SC Genealogy Society. Went to one of their workshops in Columbia SC in 'hot' July. Never made it to their workshop, because I was in the Archives, where they hosted the workshop digging for records. In the 11th our of my last day..found a deed for a ancestor. So the trip was worth the cost. Everything IS NOT on line.
Because I know the value of being a member of Societies regardless of the ethnic leaders, I LOOK for societies who have newsletters that go to their pd members either by internet or snail mail, in the states my ancestors last lived. I join them for one year, send one of my family stories, and see IF it is published. That is their test. All do not pass this test. Unless a member like yourself, put information out there --how would any one know. I post information on Afrigeneas about the society I personally interact with, but everyone seems to think FACEBOOK is the way to go. Everything you suggest here is something I personally have been practicing for many years. I have noticed some of the foreman managers here on Afrigeneas, are on one particular Facebook page that ALL researchers from any state are active on. If anyone is interested in the name, email me direct. But I MUST say here, my lost cousins have ALL found me from the internet posting I put here on Afrigeneas. They google a surname and up it pops. In the subj lines I have found that posting the FULL name, birth and state really helped.
I will now join the Chicago Society. Not that far away, and I would love to travel with them to one of their Carolina trips. I know of a society that has a working group, but they are in their 'infancy stage right now.' I am not interested in hosting any group.
Because of you and a class I took that you conducted on line, is the reason the idea about Black Newspapers popped into my mine--and the fact the ancestors come to me late in the night and plant a seed, I must follow to growth. I don't know if any article I sent these newspapers in SC will ever get published. But at least I tried.