Monthly Archives: April 2011

African Roots Podcast Episode #108 April 29, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


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

May 5, 2011 Freeport IL
The Stephenson County Genealogical Society will welcome local author Joyce Salter Johnson to speak at 7 p.m. on May 5 at the Freeport Public Library meeting room. Johnson will speak about her book, “The History of Early Black Settlers of Stephenson County.” Learn about the events and stories of migrant families in this period; how the first black individuals came to Stephenson County and how the end of the Civil War brought many black migrants. There will be a business meeting after the program. The program is free and the public is invited to the program or to bring questions concerning genealogy research.

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All day Genealogy Family History Day Kensington MD Family History Cente
Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 9:00 am. The Washington DC Family History Center will present its 5thAnnual Family History Conference. The keynote speaker is James Sweany, Head of the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room at the Library of Congress. The title of his talk is “Pursuing Your Family History in the National Library.” This conference is free of charge and features 23 classes that cover a wide variety of topics from beginning to advanced genealogy research. For a description of classes and registration information, visit

Starting in May—May 9th
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Slave Cabins: The Architecture of Enslavement , an exhibition by photographer Curtis Graves, that examines plantation architecture, particularly the living quarters of enslaved Africans. Where: Heritage Education Center Auditorium Gallery, 4th Floor, Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue When: May 9 – July 31, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 – Saturday, May 14, 2011. The National Genealogical Society will present its annual conference entitled “Where the Past is Still Present.” The conference will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina. The registration fee is $175.00 – $245.00. Additional details can be found at

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm. The Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia (GRIVA) will present a program entitled “John Brown’s Raid in Steroscope.” The speaker is Dr. Ben Greenbaum. The meeting will be held at the Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, Virginia. Additional details can be found at
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May 21, Eitlejorg Museum in Indianapolis Genealogy Day This is a full day of events and lectures, exhibitions and entertainment.

I want to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jessie Schreir of Catonsville Community College who invited me to participate in the Speaker series at the college last night. The experience was wonderful and I was so delighted to meet such a wonderful group of students. Their questions were great and I was delighted to present an overall session on telling your own story and the importance of doing so. What impressed me was that many of the students did have a good sense of history and several had stories from their own histories.

The experience last night and preparing for it made me think about the obligation that we have to tell the story. HOW do you tell it? How do you present it, and how do you preserve it for the next generation?

Collecting the data is important—but if you don’t preserve it so it will known—then all is lost.
How many of you are carrying the family data in your head? Have you written it down and backed it up? How have you backed it up?

You know—recent disasters from tsunami’s to tornadoes have made me really think about this more in depth—and all of us need to consider how our work becomes known, become exposed—not just in duplicate—but a variety or formats.

First —writing the story is critical. Many of those in the class last night had snippet of their history, but when discussing it—things got fuzzy for them. How will it be passed on? If not written—then it is obvious—not very well.

But once written—how then is it preserved? In a family booklet for the next reunion. Within 10-20 years few copies will remain, and in time, that too will become lost.

Should copies be sent outside the family unit? By all means! Libraries, historical societies—organizations—there are other places where such efforts will welcome those projects.

But what about other documents—and artifacts? Efforts should be considered to also preserve those as well.

With the convenience of digitization—all photos should be copied. Duplicates can be made—but digital copies can be made as well—and now with technology—the chance of storing data outside of the hardware—should also be considered. I realize myself that I have to think differently to make sure that my own work will be preserved. We all have a lot of work to do.

Thanks for listening. I will be coming to you next week from Arkansas. Have a great week, stay safe, and keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast Episode #107 April 22, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! Today is Friday April 22, 2011. My name is Angela Walton-Raji, and you can always reach me at:

It’s good to be back home after a great time that I had last week in St. Louis. For info on how my experience was I have discussed it in my blog, “My Ancestor’s Name”.

A few more days remain for you to get in your proposal for ASALH and the national conference to be held this fall in October in Richmond Virginia. The call for papers will end on April 30. Remember that you must be a member of ASALH in order a to submit a proposal as well.

Tuesday April 26,
Illegal Benevolence: Black Sunday Schools in Rural Virginia, 1818-1835 Noon – VFH Conference Center Dr. Tatianna van Riemsdijk During her presentation, she will discuss her research about Episcopal and Presbyterian Black Sunday schools in rural Virginia, where evangelical, slaveholding women ignored slave codes, dodged suspicious neighbors, and coaxed slaves to spelling books and Bible lessons. She teaches American History at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. For more information and to reply for lunch, please contact Ann White Spencer, For directions to the VFH Conference Center, please visit our website at

April 25, 2011 at the Univ. of Virginia a lecture entitled 150 years of Freedom-African Americans and the Civil War Sesquicentennial. 2-3 pm at the Harrison Institute Auditorium at UVA. Sponsored by the Common Ground Community. Professor Erving Johnson who is a research archivist and specialist in Civil War and African American History will be presenting.

NEWS FLASH—NARA is considering moving military records and pension files to St. Louis. Please share your thoughts about this possible move and visit the blog to voice your comments and your concerns.

April 30, Honey Grove Texas. African American Genealogy Workshop. 10-12 The session will take place at the Civic Center, next to the Bertha Voyer Memorial Library (BVML) in Honey Grove, Texas. Registration is free, but is required so that the library can prepare for the audience. For more information and registration, please call the BVML at 903-378-2206 or e-mail

May 7, Kensington MD All day Genealogy Conference Family History Center in Kensington, and for persons of all backgrounds by all means come.
Washington DC Family History Center 9 – 3 pm 5th Annual Conference KEYNOTE SPEAKER: James Sweany, Director, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, Library of Congress. Registration can be made online or by phone. (301-587-0042.)

NGS Conference
NGS CONFERENCE:Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Location: Charleston Area Convention Center


The Indiana Historical Society will offer a one-time class with internationally-known genealogist Tony Burroughs called “The Six Phases of African-American Genealogy” on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and its Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Angela Walton-Raji presents at the May 21, 2011 2pm Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis Indiana Researching Blended Families: African & Native American Families
JUNE – Mark your Calendars:
Saturday June 18, 2010, Prince George’s County MD AAGHS is holding their annual Juneteenth presentation. Opening plenary session will be delivered by Congressman Elijah Cummings of the 7th Congressional District, of Maryland. Call 301-29206987 or 301-292-1207. This is a FREE event and there will be special activities for children 7-12 as well.

Thanks for listening—there are lots of things going on, and many people from whom we can listen, learn and grow in our skills. In the meantime, keep research, keep documenting, and please keep sharing what you find.