Monthly Archives: July 2010

African Roots Podcast #70 July 30, 2010

This Week's Pod Cast

Hello and Welcome Back!
This is Friday July 30, 2010. My name is Angela Walton-Raji and this is the African Roots Podcast!

You can always reach me at

Upcoming Events:
Midwestern Roots Conference on August 6-7 in Indianapolis Indianapolis

FGS Annual Conference (Federation of Genealogical Societies) in Knoxville Tennessee. Aug 18-21

Deadline today for:
AAHGS Annual Conference in College Park, MD Today is the deadline to submit your proposal to present at that conference.

Also today is the deadline to submit for the Family History Expo in Atlanta in November.

In Baltimore the monthly August meeting of the Agnes Kane Callum chapter of AAHGS will take place at the Enoch Pratt Library at Cold Spring and Loch Raven Blvd.

New holdings to share:

Oklahoma—the Oklahoma Historical Society announces that the 1890 Oklahoma Territory Census is now available with sample pages. In addition they also have available on DVD a copy of the first directory of Oklahoma City. Historical societies are wonderful resources and I hope you are members of your own state historical society.  One of my states is Oklahoma and The new “Encyclopedia of Oklahoma is also now available. Many states have online encyclopedias and are always interested in nfrom the research community. This is a wonderful way to make your own contribution.

Some interesting sites were mentioned in the September 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine, including several outstanding sites for African American research. Among those mentioned were several websites for African American genealogists:AfrigeneasAfriQuest, Afro-Louisiana History, Digital Library of American Slavery,  Documenting the American South, Low Country Africana,  USF Africana Heritage.

You are urged to visit these sites and if you visit them frequently remember to sometimes go beyond your favorite parts of the page—click on something new, and see what additional features that you can explore to take you someplace new.

Well that wraps up another week—in the meantime—-
Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

Have a great week and keep doing what you do.  Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast #69 July 23, 2010

This Week's Pod Cast

Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! My name is Angela Walton-Raji and you can always reach me at .

Hope you are having a good week, and there is lots of good news on the genealogy front to share.  The best news comes from a new partnership that was announced this week. Footnote–a site that many of us use, has partnered with LowCountry Africana to make available to the public information on people enslaved in South Carolina. They have provide digitized images of records from the Colonial years of South Carolina up through the mid 1800s.  The collection contains estate records, bills of sale and so much more!  To view these South Carolina records, please visit

Lowcountry Africana has also established an online volunteer program to create the searchable index for this collection. To learn more about this volunteer program or to sign up to be a volunteer, please go to . This should be big boost to the African American genealogical community!

This week, I have been busy responding to Calls for Papers, myself and one opportunity caught my eye. There is still time to submit a proposal for the Family History Expos. Deadline for submission is July 30, 2010.

Also there is time to submit a proposal to present at the annual AAHGS conference in October.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is soliciting papers and panels for its upcoming 96th Annual Convention. This year’s conference theme is: “African Americans and the U.S. Civil War.” Although the program committee welcomes papers and panels on any aspect of African and African American history and culture, special preference will be given to submissions directly related to this year’s theme.

Their call for Papers for 2011, has already been released and considering how next year 2011 is a special year, we need to also think about how we plan to incorporate those sesquicentennial celebrations into our family histories. Important topics include African Americans and the abolitionist movement, African American women who also made contributions during the war, and life among the civilians during the war years, and so much more.

Do you have USCTs?   Well, tell their story. Consider adopting one and tell his story on your website or blog.  Now if you have ancestors who were not soldiers—then tell the story of how they became free and when they got the word of freedom.  There are lots of ways to celebrate their history and to join the commemorative efforts that will unfold in 2011—the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.

Get Involved in Civil War Workshops and Events!

Speaking of Civil War—-what are your plans for the upcoming year?  As a person interested in history and genealogy I hope that you also will be thinking about honoring those who were true freedom fighters—the Black soldiers who served in the Union Army and Navy.  The majority of them served in the US Colored Troops, but many also served in the regular army.  The 54th Massachusetts Infantry, for example were not volunteers like the US Colored Troops—they were part of the regular US Army.

In addition there were black soldiers who served in white units in several states, and the lesser known soldiers—–the black soldiers who served in the Indian Home Guards.  The Home Guards—1st 2nd and 3rd  were the only Union regiments to come from the Indian tribes of Ind Territory.  The remaining 20+ Indian regiments were Confederate units.  I have personally identified 60 black men who served in the Home Guards. They were among the men who were identified as Loyal Creeks after the Civil War.

The reason I mention these men and mention the Civil War is also because for the next  5 years—-we will  hear of various efforts to commemorate this war, and it is our responsibility to insure that the roll that our ancestors played will be included. We had a roll and it needs to be mentioned, illustrated, depicted, discussed and those who served should be honored.  Among the soldiers were the civilians who also served—who served as blacksmiths, teamsters, carpenters, laborers, and the women—who served as nurses, guides, laundresses and more.  Our ancestors were directly effected—and were not passive—-how do you plan to honor them?

This is the time to start thinking about 2011—the 150th anniversary of not only the Am. Civil war, but of the dismantling of slavery, and the beginning of Freedom.

Well thanks for listening this week.  I appreciate you for being there, and for hearing from you.  Drop me a line at

And—please continue to do what you do. Keep researching, keep documenting and please keep sharing what you find.