Angela Y. Walton-Raji on October 2nd, 2015

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Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me HERE.

Well it is October, summer is only a memory and fall is here. We on the east coast are bracing for a hurricane. That’s right Joaquin is coming up the coast and we are having lots and lots of rain. No major winds blowing yet, but we are preparing for it nevertheless. I hope that you are warm and dry this gray weekend.


Genealogy Conference Underway at Univ. of West Alabama

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Well a quick shout out to friends in Alabama who are attending a genealogy conference at the University of West Alabama. It started yesterday and will last through tomorrow.

The theme is “Genealogy Through the Ages”. From October 1-3 this workshop will focus on the local resources for those who live in East Mississippi, and West Alabama. The event  will take place at the Marengo County History and Archives Museum. There will be sessions for genealogists of all levels, beginner through intermediate and more.  Online registration ended, and since it is currently underway, you are urged to get there to register on sight. More information HERE.


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Georgia Hosts Genealogy Events

Folks are busy in Georgia with events. This weekend Tim Pinnick presents a session on “Expanding Your Resource Arsenal”, from 9:30 to 4:30, sponsored by the Georgia Genealogical Society. And then on October 10 the Atlanta AAHGS chapter hosts Brick Wall and DNA workshops. In addition there will discussionand Spanish Language Indexing are a few of the topics presented at the LSD Powder Springs Stake. The Roots Tech Family Discovery Day Workshop will be held from 9:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. at 2595 New Macland Road, Powder Springs, Georgia. The program is free, open to the public and lunch will be provided. The Interactive Center is available all day for one-on-one help. The lectures are both live and recorded. For more information, contact AAHGS Atlanta


SankofaGen and List of Mississippi Plantations

And interesting site was shared this week containing information on Mississippi Plantations. The site is SankofaGen, and you are encouraged to visit the site. The site is organized by state and I found the Mississippi page to be interesting. It contained a useful link of plantations. These are not complete state plantation lists, but they still deserve attention from researchers seeking information.



Thank you all for your warm words of appreciation after listening to my webinar on FamilyTreeWebinars last week. I enjoyed the opportunity to present and have been touched by the many remarks received since it aired. Again, thank you all. For more information about the webinar and others presented by Legacy Family Tree, click HERE.


Civil War Museum

Museum Hosts Teachers Open House Party

The African American Civil War Museum hosts an open house event for Teachers. The goal is to educate teachers, scholars and the public about the history of the US Colored Troops. Their are beginning with teachers, and are hosting an event on October 8 from 6-8 pm.  The event is free to the public and is one of the many activities of this unique museum.


DAR descendants

On October 10, in Baltimore you can meet some African American descendants of American Patriots of the American Revolution. Karen Sutton DAR, Jean Fugette DAR, Christos Cristou SAR, and Reisha Raney DAR are the panelists. This will occur on the 10th of October at the American Museum on Pratt street in Baltimore at 10:30 am.


Schyluler Slaves to be Reburied

For June 2016, a special ceremony will be held to rebuy the remains of 14 slaves found ten years ago during a construction project. In 2005 during a construction project the remains of slaves were discovered. They were determined to be slave of the Schyuler family of Albany NY.  Well, this was 10 years ago, and apparently they have been sitting in a museum all of that time. Finally they will be reburied and will be laid to rest.

A call was put out to artists and crafters to assist with the design of 14 wooden containers that will hold the remains of these once enslaved people. The containers and remains will lie in state at the Schuyler Mansion on June 17, 2016. They will be reburied the next day in an ecumenical ceremony at the Albany Roman Catholic diocesan cemetery.


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Last night’s episode of  Bernice Bennett’s show featured Shannon Christmas who spoke about DNA and genealogical research. Those who have DNA as a strong interest will find the interview interesting and many questions about how to interpret data were answered. If you missed the broadcast, you can listen to a podcast tape of the show or download it from ITunes. Remember that her show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio.


North Carolina Slave Deeds of New Hanover County

Do you have ancestors from New Hanover County NC? If so, then you may have an interest in an interesting database with slave deeds. The data extracted from official deed books of the county
and they cover the years 1734 – 1820. That is almost a century of records captured and it is surely worth exploring. Some of the work to compile this came from Cape Fear Community College. The original database can be examined on the Internet Archive. But on the website itself, some of the data can be downloaded as well.


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MAAGI 2016 to be Hosted in Fort Wayne Indiana

Save the dates: July 12-14. The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute MAAGI will be hosted at the Genealogy Center of Allen County Library in Fort Wayne Indiana. The announcement was made today from the new online address: The registration process will be opened in December, and an online payment feature will be included from the new site.  Four tracks will be back next year, and sessions are already being planned. We hope to see you in Indiana next summer and look forward to including research opportunities at the Genealogy Center.


Time to wind things down for another week. Thank you all for listening and tuning i

Angela Y. Walton-Raji on September 25th, 2015

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can reach me at African Roots Podcast.

Well fall is here and we are all getting ready for fall conferences, cooler weather and beautiful autumn colors. But fall also brings a new season of genealogy conferences and events.


But first, a last minute invitation to a webinar this afternoon. I will be giving a webinar on Family Tree Webinars and the topic is Maps Tell Some of the African American Story. Please join us at 2pm EST.



The International Black Genealogy Summit has been announced for 2016, so mark your calendars! And next year’s event will be in the greater Washington DC area! The conference site is the Crystal Gateway Marriott, and the dates will be September 1-3, 2016. This is a great site as it is close to Washington, and right on the metro line so that early arriving participants will be able to get to the National Archives and other facilities for research a day or so earlier. For more information refer to the website at


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Last night’s episode of Bernice Bennett’s show featured James W. Petty who spoke about researching the record from slaves held in northern states. Bernice and her guest held an interesting discussion about slavery in the northern states, and he spoke in detail about some of the more interesting records that he has found. Among them are seldom mentioned birth records of babies born to enslaved mothers. He is at this time writing a book about these records of slave births. If you missed the episode you can tune in and download it as a podcast from ITunes. Her show airs every Thursday evening at 9pm eastern time, on Blog Talk Radio.


Robin Foster Book

Congratulations to Robin Foster for the publication of her new book Historic Fairview. Many of us know that among the many things that she does as a writer, blogger and social media leader, she is also quite involved in cemetery preservation. Well she has published a book that covers her journey and her work with this old African American burial ground. Special congratulations for her wonderful accomplishment!


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It was recently announce that the University of West Alabama’s Black Belt Archives and the Marengo County Hisotry and Archives Museum in Demopolis will present their second conference next weekend October 1-3. The theme is Genealogy Through the Ages. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Donna Cox Baker, who is co-chair for the Statewode Initiatives Committee of the Alabama Bicentennial Commissions. REgistration is $50 and you can register online HERE.



Well Richmond Virginia is the place to be in about two weeks! on Wednesday October 14, a special African American Genealogy Workshop will be led by Cara Griggs, who works as a reference archivist at the Library of Virginia. This will be for beginners as well as intermediate researchers. The following day things will begin to unfold for the 36th Annual Genealogy Conference of the African American Genealogical & Historical Society. Registration is high, and rooms are fully booked, so things look quite exciting for this year’s event!


Well, the month is rolling by quickly as we move into fall. Thank you all for tuning in and know that am truly grateful fo your time, and your sharing events and publications. Also remember if time permits, to join me in today’s webinar at 2pm edt.

In the meantime, please remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keeps sharing what you find.