Monday, September 30, 2013

October is Family History Month

Leonard Smith III

Did you know October is Family History Month? Several states and cities have designated this month Family History Month. U.S. Senate has adopted similar resolutions in the past. It is estimated that there are over 80 million people researching their family histories. If kicked off Family History Month by donating my Harrell, Gordon, Vining, and Richardson Family History collection to the Amistad Research Center.

Nurturing Our Roots Television and Radio Talk Shows would like to recognize the author of the book entitled " A Beginner's Guide to Searching Family History" Leonard Smith lll. Leonard is the owner and president of LS3studios-an award winning multimedia production company. LS3 Studios offers a variety of services that include images and audio editing, production of broadcast quality video and multimedia presentation, custom photography and web development. For more information about LS3 Studios please visit

LS3 Studios won two AVA award on March 13, 2013 in New York, NY There were 2,000 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries in the 2013 competition. Narrative Network and LS3 Studios were winners of the AVA Digital-Gold Award, for co-producing documentary trailer " From Shanghi to Harlem." in the category of Creativity Video and Production Editing.

New Orleans Musuem of Art(NOMA) presented a screening of LS3 Studio's " A Legend in the Classroom: The Life Story of Ms. Yvonne Busch, born in New Orleans in 1929 and raised in the historic Treme section of the city. Ms. Busch who mastered several brass instruments and wood chimes, became a touring professional by the age of 12, crisscrossing the United States as a member of the critically acclaimed "International Sweethearts of Rhythm" and the "Swinging Rays of Rhythm," two all female bands sponsored by the Piney Woods Country Life School, an African-American boarding school located in Piney Woods, Mississippi.

A Beginner's Guide to Searching Family History is a common-sense approach to you researching your genealogy. I share with the reader the benefit of the many years I have spent interviewing relatives, digging through courthouse records, traveling to historic sites, searching websites, and rediscovering the stories of those who came before us. I reaffirm the value of oral histories while also cautioning the reader to listen for contradictory narratives.

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Leonard Smith III will be a guest on Nurturing Our Roots Blog Talk Radio Show with host Antoinette Harrell on Tuesday, October 15,  at 8:00 p.m. CST.