Monthly Archives: June 2009

African Roots Podcast #13 June 26th 2009

This Week's Pod Cast

This is Friday June 26th 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji

This is the African Roots Podcast!
My name is Angela Walton-Raji.
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Hello to all who are enjoying the California Genealogy Jamboree. Also hello to the Petteway family enjoying their family reunion in Onslow County No. Carolina. They are joined by researcher Jack Robinson who continues to document the black history of the county, and working tirelessly to preserve historic sites, cemeteries and landmarks in the area. More about his work can be read on the Jack Robinson Website.

July 1st deadlines: There is still time to register with Early Bird registration for the FGS Conference in Little Rock Arkansas scheduled for early September. The conference website has registration information.

Want to present at a professional conference? July 1st is the deadline to respond to the Call for Papers for next year’s Genealogy Jamboree.

Yale University website has over 96 pages of images for African American history. Among the images are the Carl Van Vechten photos of people, places and works of art.

From Iowa is a wonderful site pertaining to the history of African American Women.
This digital collection of photographs, news clippings, pamphlets, scrapbooks, directories, and newsletters documents the experience of African American women in Iowa during the twentieth century. The collection, ca. 1924-1970, is an outgrowth of The African-American Women in Iowa Project, a collaboration between the Iowa Women’s Archives and the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa.

The Alabama State Census is now up on The years are 1820-1866. What is good news is that there are over 103,000 people enumerated as “colored” on that state census. I have been researching the Redus family from Limestone County AL, and I put the name into the database, and sure enough some of the very people that I have been researching appeared. What makes these so exciting as the years that were those dynamic times right after emancipation were captured in these records, so you might find family members listed here that might yield good data for you.

You are urged to consider expanding your research by putting more energy into your research by capturing data from the community and sharing it on a blog or website, and by all means consider joining the historical society and sharing the data that you have found there, as well. For other ideas on how to expand your research, connect with other researchers, and connect with other professional genealogists as well. The Association of Professional Genealogists might interest you as well.

Well Thanks for listening.

Please join me next week.
In the meantime, remember to keep researching,
keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast #12 June 19, 2009

This is Friday June 19th 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji
This is the African Roots Podcast!

Happy Juneteenth everyone!
For those of you who have become interested in learning more about the Juneteenth celebration you will enjoy reading more about it here.

The Prince George’s County AAHGS Juneteenth workshop can find information is hosting an all day Juneteenth Event on African American Genealogy. It will take place at the Family History Center in Suitland Maryland. The workshop is free to the public.

You are invited to attend a special event at the Library of Congress on African American genealogy resources. Journey Into Your Past: African American Genealogy at the Library of Congress Journey into the lives of your ancestors through the published records and online resources at the Library of Congress. Explore the untold stories of generations past by searching digitized oral histories, newspapers, maps, and photographs documenting African American lives in America. Learn strategies to overcome roadblocks in the historical record. Join us as we examine items and share tips to break down these barriers.
Ahmed Johnson, a specialist in African American genealogy resources from the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room at the Library of Congress, will be here to help at the Opal Auditorium
OPAL Auditorium

For anyone interested in the history of the great plains you will find the Nebraska Studies website, of interest, including some stories of African Americans and you have chance to learn about life on the plains and on the early homesteads. Great information is located on their website.

Connecticut Digitization project called Connecticut history online provides over 16 pages of photos, and documents of African Americans throughout the state. Both documents and portraits as well as group shots can be located on the website.

I hope that those of you who have been conducting genealogy research for several years, will consider telling the story of not only your family, but will consider defining your special passion within genealogy. Some of you have become immersed in community documentation projects; others have become cemetery preservationists, while others have immersed yourselves into oral history projects as well. This kind of data will hopefully be published in the future. You are urged also to become engaged with the greater genealogical community. Consider joining the historical society where your ancestors lived. Consider also speaking at events,. and initiating some projects to put the black community that you research on the historical map. They were there, and you often might be the person to expose something unique about the community, stemming from your research. A few links are placed for you here, to consider sharing, teaching and growing within the genealogical community.

Association of Professional Genealogists.
The Oral History Association
The impact of Dorothy Spruill Redford can be found here.

Images of Someret Place are found here.

Well Thanks for listening.
Happy Juneteenth, everyone!
Remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!