Taking Back What Was Once Lost

Forum Network Lectures

I have no idea how I’m going to keep my job. The internet keeps offering these incredible websites that beg for hours of exploration.

The American Historical Association blog highlighted the Forum Network website the other day and it is mind-blowing. It’s a collaboration between PBS and NPR to offer free audio and video lectures on hundreds of topics.


They have 129 lectures in the African American culture series alone. One series, “Slavery and the Making of America” offers the following lectures, among many others:

  • “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property”
  • “Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom”
  • “Robert Smalls: Yearning to Breathe Free”
  • “Clinging to Mammy: Our Relationship to Slavery”
  • “Complicity: How the North Profited from Slavery”
  • “Modern Slavery: MIT-BBC Symposium”

It doesn’t end there. There’s a series of lectures on the Civil War, Native Americans, the Civil Rights Movement, Ken Burns Jazz, and Abolition—all kinds of stuff. Not just history, there’s science and culture and most any other topic you can think of.

All you need to do is sign up for a free username and password and you’re ready to go. I am in heaven!!!!! Thanks again to the American Historical Association. There are simply not enough hours in the day.


  1. October 20, 2009    


    I wished I never had read this post!
    What am I going to do now?

    I know! Add six more hours to the day so I can watch these videos! (that and cut out the Biggest Loser, Project Runway, and Iron Chef). LOL

    Thanks for the tip!

    “Guided by the Ancestors”

    • October 21, 2009    

      I know George! I feel the same way. There are some great lectures on here. Between this and Rootstelevision, I am just DONE…LOL

  2. October 20, 2009    

    What a wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing yor family research with the world.

    Alice Keesey Mecoy
    Great great great granddaughter of John Brown, abolitionist of Harpers Ferry fame.

    • October 23, 2009    

      Thank you so much Alice. And what an honor to hear from a descendant of someone so renowned!

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I blog, teach, write and lecture about family history research and it's just as rewarding today as it was when I began 18 years ago. This lifelong quest has helped me to better know my past and I've taken back--reclaimed- my kin and some of that lost memory.  

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Locations and Surnames

Hardin, Chester and Lawrence Counties, TN
Holt, Barnes, Harbour, Bradley Springer and Fendricks
Lawrence County, AL
Springer and Fendricks
Montgomery County, MD
Prather, Simpson
Somerset County, MD
Waters, Fountain, Curtis
Duval and Madison County, FL
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Favorite Family History Quotes

"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
-William Faulkner

"Call it a clan, call it a network, all it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one"
- Jane Howard

"Friends are God's apologies for relations."
-Hugh Kingsmill

"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
-Elbert Hubbard

"Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts."

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well make it dance!"

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city;)"
-George Burns

"Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."
-Winston Churchill

"The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never ever introduce yourself to had life not done it for you."
-Kendall Hailey

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
-Thich Nhat Hanh