Angela Y. Walton-Raji on October 9th, 2015

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

Well first I want to give a quick shout out to folks down in Charleston South Carolina! This is for everyone attending the Slave Dwelling Conference down in Charleston! I know that Bernice Bennett, Toni Carrier, Joe McGill are all there among preservationists and other historians this weekend. The proceeds go to the initiative to preserve the slave dwellings that remain nationwide. So I wish them much success.

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Descendants of American Revolution Patriots To Speak in Baltimore

Descendants of both white and black patriots of the American Revolution are speaking tomorrow, October 10, in downtown Baltimore at the Flag House Museum. Karen Sutton (DAR), Jean Fugett (SAR), Christous Cristou (SAR) Reisha Raney (DAR) are the speakers. The event will be held at the FlaG House Museum and there is a genealogy panel where they will share their background and research that made them eligible for membership. For information call 443-263-1816, or send email to



Workshops, Tours and Major Conference coming to Richmond Next Week

Well next week Richmond Virginia is the place to be. The 36th Annual AAGHS conference will unfold from Thursday through Saturday, and there are additional tours and workshops that are being held as well.

Special Workshop: Introduction to Library of Virginia
A special session pertaining to the Library of Virginia will be presented by Cara Griggs a reference archivist at the Library of Virginia will discuss methods and resources for African American genealogy.

African American Heritage Tour
Richmond Museum District Tour
James River Plantations Tour (Featuring Shirley Plantation and Berkeley Plantations Tour)

The conference itself has been “sold out” and registration is now close officially for next week’s conference. Congratulations to the conference planners! Hopefully all who are active in social media will be writing an blogging about their experiences in Richmond next week!

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National Archives Hosts Virtual Genealogy Fair

Just when you thought it was all over, the National Archives is sponsoring a Virtual Genealogy Fair October 21-22. Live video streams will unfold for two days so all of us, no matter where we are, can tune in and hear the sessions. I am truly interested in hearing more about the offerings in St. Louis NARA, especially for World War I.  More information about the Virtual Fair.


Photo Exhibit Depicts Cemetery Restoration Project in Richmond

An interesting photo exhibit will unfold in Richmond next week and will be running until mid January of next year. Erin Holloway Palmer and her husband Brian have collaborated on a project depicting the state of the East End Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. this is one of those cemeteries that is often heard about. It is a burial ground with roots in slavery era as well as emancipation era burials and was widely used for many years. But as time passed it fell into neglect and now thick vegetation threatens to consume this historic place. However, there is an effort now underway to halt the decay and to restore this one widely used burial ground to some sense of honor and respect for those enterred. Those in Richmond next week may wish to go and hear the Holloways give a presentation. The lecture is entitlted “All Our Sorrows Heal”: Restoring Richmond’s East End Cemetery. The lecture will be at the Wilton Companies Gallery, downtown Richmond, at 4pm.


Well time to wind down for another week. Thank you all for listening and tuning in this week. And thank you again for your time. We all have busy schedules, and your taking time to tune in is greatly appreciated. Next week I shall be coming to you directly from Richmond, and from the AAHGS Conference. In the meantime, have a great week and remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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

This Week's Pod Cast


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