Monthly Archives: September 2010

African Roots Podcast #78 September 24, 2010

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back! Today is Friday September 24, and this is the African Roots Podcast! Remember you can always reach me at!

Hello everyone from the hear of the Muscogee Creek Nation! I am coming to you from Oklahoma and am here attending the Five Tribes Story Conference. It is great being here, and I am excited about learning some new methods of telling family stories, and sharing them to family and community.

Tomorrow, September 25, 2010
Subject: 4th Annual Ancestry Fair this Saturday, September 25ed
The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is sponsoring the
the 4th Annual Bucks County Ancestry Fair, co-sponsored by GSP and the Bucks County Visitor Center. 9:00 am to 7:00 pm The Bucks County Visitor Center, 3207 Street Road,
Bensalem, PA 19020 One of the presenters is Shamele Jordon whose topic will be, “”African-American Genealogy from Oral History Back to Slavery”

October 7-10, 2010 here.

October 16-17, New Orleans, LA
Date: October 16-17, 2Creole Louisiana: Cultural and Family Ties Along Back Roads and
Waterways Louisiana Creole Research Association – Sixth Annual Conference Co-sponsored by Xavier University Department of Languages & University Archives
010 Location: Xavier University Center, Grand
Ballroom (3rd. Floor), Drexel Dri ve at Pine Street. Founded in 2004,

The Louisiana Creole Research Association, or LA Creole, is presenting its sixth annual conference on Creole history and culture.

Dedicated to preserving Creole culture through historical/genealogical research, LA Creole holds annual conferences, free public programs, and publishes an annual journal. This year theme is Creole Louisiana: Cultural and Family Ties Along Back Roads and Waterways. The conference will engage and encourage attendees to explore the many Creole communities that exist in Louisiana, all the way from Bayou Lacombe to Bayou Teche and from the Gulf to the Prairie Country, and many points therein. The major sessions will focus on the Creole French dialect, rural Creole music, and tracing female lineages in C reole of color families. Visit the conference page for more information.

October 10, 2010 Tony Burroughs, noted African- American Genealogist will speak on October 10, 2010 at 2:30. The event will be the Historic Robert Mills Courthouse, now housing the Chamber of Commerce. It is sponsored by the Camden Archives and Museum in Camden, South Carolina. YOU WILL NEED TO PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS SPEAKER. CALL CAMDEN ARCHIVES AND MUSEUM AT (803) 425- 6050.

The New York Historical Society has announced the launch of a new online portal to nearly 12,000 pages of source materials documenting the history of slavery in the United States, the Atlantic slave trade and the abolitionist movement. Made readily accessible to the general public for the first time,these documents from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries represent fourteen of the most important collections in the library’s Manuscript Department. More information on this large collection is found on the organization’s blog.

A special thank you to those who have participated in the Indexing project on Footnote, to get the records of the SC Estate records, into the hands of the public! Please keep up your own great work.
Volunteers are bring forth the names of hundreds of slaves.

I am working on a project capturing letters of Choctaw & Chickasaw Freedmen, making digital copies of letters. I realize that I am digitizing a “new” record set, and I have come to realize the value of collaborations. This kind of work is critical to keep data alive for thousands of researchers, and I am now considering approach either a library or archives about hosting these hundreds of digitized images that I am making as lt is essential that we recognize even our own projects as part of the larger effort to tell our stories.

Well, thank you for listening. Please continue to do what you do.

Keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast #77 September 17, 2010

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back! Today is Friday September 17, 2010. My name is Angela Walton-Raji and this is the African Roots Podcast. You can always reach me at

Well lots of events coming up from conferences, lectures, and developments.

September 17, New York City. Gustave Heye Center. Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Blended Families. Researching African-Native American Families. Speaker is Angela Walton-Raji

September 18, Atlanta GA  ANCESTRY DAY at the National Archives

September 24-25 Story Tellers Conference, Five Tribes Museum, Muskogee Oklahoma

October 7-10 National Conference: AAHGS. Univ of Maryland Conference Center.

November 12-13 Family History Expo, Duluth GA

This is a great time to be a part of the genealogical community. A year ago many of us got involved to be able to save a cemetery by passing the word and sending out messages to others regarding Pansoffkey cemetery an historic African American burial site about to be “relocated” for an industrial park project. Our responses brought about a change in those plans and the burial site has been saved.

Many of us are now involved in a major indexing project underway to bring forth the names of thousands of slaves. Estate records covering the years 1830-1860 have been placed on Footnote and because of a collaborative with the SC State Archives and Low Country Africana these records have been digitized. But—they needed to be indexed. Well you have answered the call. The genealogy community has responded, the blogging community has joined the effort and the word is now out there for others to assist. We have asked for a minimum of 10 pages to be indexed and some have responded generously that they have not stopped at the 10 pages—they have indexed 50, 60, 70 pages.

The blog for the project is Restore the Ancestors and there is just so much to see and to appreciate there.  So many have responded, from George Geder, Thomas Macantee of GeneaBloggers and others.

Thank you all—the ancestors are smiling down upon you for this work. What a wonderful community we are!!

Today there several hundred Afr. American leaders will be going to visit young people in schools to share their wisdom and skills with students. This is part of the ongoing Oral History project called the History Makers There is an excellent website reflecting well known and lesser known leaders who have made history in so many disciplines. National Public Radio featured wonderful interview with Julianna Richardson the founder and executive director, describing the project and what the leaders will be doing as they visit the schools.

This kind of program is exciting and many communities are stepping up and recording their own local histories as well.

Well—-once again, thanks for listening.

But please keep doing what you do.
Keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!