Monthly Archives: October 2010

African Roots Podcast #82 October 29, 2010

This Week's Pod Cast


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

St. Louis Missouri African American Genealogy Society November 13—-Where are you in your Research? This is a show and tell workshop that will bring forth some interesting discussion and will hopefully get people wh o are somewhat stuck—some ideas to move ahead. December 11, will be an end of the year wrap up, and a meal that will be shared with the members. It is described as a cultural repast and members will be invited to share their favorite family recipes. These events will take place at the Missouri History Museum on Lindell and DeValiviere and Forest Park.

The Ontario (Canada) Genealogical Society has issued a call for papers for its 2012 Conference, to be held in Kingston, Ontario, on June 1-3, 2012. EmaiL for a copy of the Call for Papers document. We need more researchers to speak about the experience of ancestors who made it also to Canada in the 19th century.

November 12-13 Family History Expo, Atlanta, Gwinett Center, Duluth GA This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet bloggers, genealogists, and leaders in the genealogy community. The FHExpos take place throughout the country, and promise to be exciting opportunities for those in attendance.

November 20, Baltimore MD, Reginald Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture,
Tracing Female Ancestors Rebecca Koford and Dr. Donna T. Hollie discuss research strategies tracing female ancestors. To register, call 443-263-1816.

Ancestry has announced some new acquisitions, including the 1852 California State Census There were some African Americans enumerated on that census, most of whom were from states east of the Mississippi, so it is worth taking a look.

The folks at Family Search have been busy and they are busy merging sites and putting up new data as well. Among the new data one can find:
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1836-2001
Arkansas County Arkansas marriages 1837-1957
Ghana, 1982-1984 – Census 458,000 (that’s right—West Africa!)

Any sites for Free:
I often use these free sites on a regular basis, and you may also wish to.

Family Search.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
North Carolina Newspaper Digitization site
Arkansas History Commission
Missouri state archives

I shall devote an entire podcast to some of these sites in the future.

Well, thanks for listening, I appreciate your taking your time to tune in. Please continue to do what you do.

Keep researching, keep documenting, and please keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast #81 October 15, 2010

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back! This is the African Roots Podcast. You can always reach me at

I had a great time last week at the annual AAHGS Conference, and was happy to spend time at the AfriGeneas Table. I also enjoyed spending time with the folks from African Ancestry, the DNA company.  I blogged about last week’s events and you can see images and read about it at My Ancestor’s Name.

Have you participated in the AfriGeneas Family History month challenges yet? That’s right, every 5 days the staff at has been posting some challenges to get members to tell stories—the stories of how their family celebrated events, or described their childhood home, or in the current challenge #3, talk about one of your favorite family photos.  Here is the explanation of the challenge:Your family photos might hang on the wall or kept in an album or box or displayed on the mantle, table or cabinet.  Pick your favorite family photo and tell us the story behind it. Interpret the theme any way you like. Write as long or short as you like. For this challenge, especially, please post the photo that you’re writing about.

Just a couple of rules:
1. Make it easier, please! Post your story as a response to this thread so we can keep track of the stories in each challenge.

2. Because we’re putting this up late, Challenge #3 begins today, Oct 14th and ends at 11:59 pm on Oct 18th. It will overlap Challenge #4 by one day so that you will still have the full five days. POST your responses on the main Genealogy Message Forum at . Just look for challenge#3.

This is a great way to win some AfriGeneas gear.


This evening in Louisville Kentucky: Megan Smolenyak speaks on African American genealogy.
The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage presents Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak at our Genealogy Seminar and Reception. Reception 5:30 – 7 p.m. Seminar starts promptly at 7 p.m. Early bird registration has ended. The cost is $25.00. 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. (Corner of 18th & Muhammad Ali) Louisville KY 40203 (502) 583-4100. More information here.

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 2207 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215.545.0391

In Philadelphia, some events coming up: (thanks to John Logan) Saturday, October 23, 2010 (10:00 am) Googling Great Grandmom: Internet Genealogy (S. Jordon) Please visit for registration information.

Saturday, October 30th – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 12:30 – 1:30 PM, Lecture:
Tracking Pennsylvania Ancestors: Keys to Successful Research, with Kay Haviland Freilich, Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 (10:30 am) Writing Your Life Stories (A. Young)

There is a great new database available via the MD Land Records database. One user found some unique lists of slaves from this land record database. I have checked out and now created my own account. The best price in town—it is FREE and easy to use. So glad that the MD State Archives has allowed this kind of access available.

In the meantime, I want to thank you for listening to the podcast, and please working hard and keep researching, keep documenting, and please keep sharing what you find.