Monthly Archives: February 2011

African Roots Podcast #99 February 25, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


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

A shout out to folks in Atlanta who will be attending the Black Family History Day program in Atlanta at the National Archives facility there. The event begins at 9 and is a symposium and luncheon.

Greenville SC Library will have a genealogy presentation by Tony Burroughs tomorrow beginning at 9 am.

As Black history month is ending, more events are surfacing for Spring and I will be giving an update in next week’s podcast for Spring, as March is almost here.

Family Search has announced some interesting initiatives into African Research that have caught my eye. Note I said African—yes, from the continent. They are launching oral history initiatives from Ghana to Zimbabwe. More on what they are doing can be found at the Family Search Site

From Arkansas to Liberia, I have learned that many left Arkansas for Liberia, the state that supplied the largest amount of people fleeing domestic terrorism. Dr. Kenneth Barnes has written about this in great detail, in his work Journey of Hope.

This past week I had the chance to listen to Antoinette Harrell’s talk show and learn about peonage—-post Civil War. This was significant, because there are records of this taking place—and the records are name rich. Though this is a painful part of our history especially in light of these being post slavery era years, this was real and it happened to hundreds of families. Here is a useful link about the Peonage System, and some records. Thank you to Antoinette Harrell for sharing this with us, and making us aware that this may be another resource for learning more of 20th century history.

Well thanks for listening and being there. I appreciate you all for taking time out of your busy day. As March approaches, continue to do what you do—keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast #98 February 18th, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


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

I want to make a shout out to everyone attending the Black Belt Afr. American genealogy conference today and tomorrow in Selma Alabama. The conference is open to anyone and should be of particular interest to those living in or with ancestry in the 12 counties of Alabama’s Black Belt region. For information or to register, visit the website, or send an email to

February 22, 2011. Washington DC National Archives & Records Administration is hosting a program as part of the Know Your Records series, Exploring the Ex-slave Pension Movement.

February 26th Cleveland, Ohio
February 20th In recognition of African American History Month, the Cleveland Restoration Society is presenting the program “Sleeping in Slave Cabins: A Personal Journey in Discovering History” by Joseph McGill. Mr. McGill, is a program officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’ s Southern Office in Charleston, S.C. He spent overnights in slave dwellings in South Carolina as part of what he calls the “Slave Cabin Project.” He got the idea for the project after he took part in the documentary Unfinished Civil War. He wanted to bring attention to the dwellings and honor the memories of the people who lived in them. The program will take place on Sunday, February 20 at Karamu House, 2355 E. 89th Street, Cleveland, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In Atlanta:
National Archives Atlanta Georgia and Church of Latter Day Saint present: Black Family History Day Program On Feb. 26, the National Archives at Atlanta in conjunction with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsor “Continuing the Journey of Generations,” a black family history symposium and luncheon. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the National Archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA.

From Greenville SC:
Greenville SC Library Presents Tony Burroughs More on his presentation will can be found HERE.

What does your weekly schedule look like these days? Online Gatherings everyday for African Ancestored Genealogists: AfriGeneas Chat Center offers the following chats: Lunch Bunch (daily), Tues.NightChat. (Tuesdays 9pm EST) Saturday Night chat AND the Sunday Morning Brunch! And there is a special viewing party on Friday evenings to watch Who Do You Think You Are, as a group. Turn on your TV and your lap top and join the fun!

Mark your Calendars:
Louisiana Museum of African American History presents Hari Jones of the Afr. American Civil War Memorial & Freedom Foundation Museum will give a special presentation on African American Women in the Civil War. March 19, 2011, at 2pm at St James AME Fellowship Hall.

In May there will be an all-day Family History program at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Kensington MD It is free and open to the public. There are 4 tracks of concurrent session that will take place.

I hope that many of you have paid attention to the many posts and blogs that have unfolded since the Roots Tech conference ended last week. A number of bloggers and attendees have voiced their interests in seeing more offerings for genealogists at future conferences, with which I enthusiastically agree. The blogger Marian Pierre-Louis expressed it well on her blog about the needs for more technology at future conferences. I responded on my blog, My Ancestor’s Name with the same concern. In addition, I have added—we need more African Ancestored bloggers. I am not sure that there are 25 black genealogy bloggers who are sharing their own genealogy journey with others. We need to get out there even more and do our part to close the digital divide! Are you blogging?

Well folks—-thanks for listening and as always, please keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!