Monthly Archives: September 2011

African Roots Podcast #130 September 30, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast.  You can always reach me at

Now that fall is here, the season for conferences is winding down.  Only a few month for events for this year.

Tomorrow October 1

Columbia MD: Central MD AAHGS Chapter Writer’s Forum.  Event will occur at the Owen Brown Community Center, Columbia MD. A panel of writers will present about their experiences as published writers. Sessions begins at  1 pm.

Early Bird Deadline for Registration for the Salt Lake Genealogy Institute is approaching.
It’s only a month away! If you register for SLIG after October 30, 2011 you will pay an increase of $50 ($400 for UGA members and $450 for non-members). The current registration cost is only $350 for UGA members and $400 for non-members. To register

Also remember that RootsTech is also taking place in February in Salt Lake City as well.

For Friends in the Midwest—Nebraska Lincoln-Lancaster Family History Fair will take place.

October 1
Roanoke Public Library, Roanoake VA, Dred & Harriet Scott Story. This presentation by Ruth Hager is free to the public.

ASALH Annual Conference is next week in Richmond Virignia. Here is the schedule of events.

From the Crater to a Tree Near Smyrna, the story of an escaped slave and other Delaware African Americans will be presented by Dr. Steve Newton in Dover Delaware on November 5, 2011 at the Dover Public Library. Event is free.

Last week I attended the AAHGS conference and was reminded how local history can be found in small artifacts around us. A small pamphlet about a long forgotten woman in Pine Bluff Arkansas, reminded me of how we need to keep our eyes open to find those pieces of memorabilia that reflect our history and communities. Our job it to do more than collect names of people, but also to collect the stories of the community—for often it is the community where the rest of the story resides.

Thanks for listening. As usual, please do what you do, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast #129 September 23, 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 African Roots

Am coming to you from Little Rock Arkansas and I urge you to take a look at the workshops and if you are within a 2-3 hour drive, consider coming and listening to the presentations.
Here is a detailed schedule of events.

There is a Call for Papers for the Underground Railroad Conference for April 2012. Proposals are
now being invited for the conference with the them, “The UGR Turned On Its Head – Old Themes, New Directions” The Eleventh Annual Underground Railroad Public History Conference. They are looking for proposals that address reinterpretations, new research, teaching using new research, and showing how such research can be used to celebrate the story historically and contemporarily, as well as other proposals related to the Underground Railroad in the past and its relationship with us today.

Proposals may be for a 60-minute panel session, workshop, cultural/artistic activity, media production, poster, or other exhibit that addresses these questions and this theme. When possible, activities should encourage audience interaction. Proposals should include: title, brief content description, type of presentation, names and contact information of presenters, target audience, and technology needs. Proposals should be submitted by September 30, 2011 Via postal mail to URHPCR, PO Box 10851, Albany NY 12201 or via email to

Don’t forget next month’s events at the Allen County Public Library.

I hope that some of you will develop an interest in a number of archaelogical projects underway. They are wonderful ways to learn more about the ancestors, and to learn about how they lived, and where they lived. A link was shared with me about an discovery in Maryland, and it made me revisit a project going on in central Oklahoma, on the estate of slave owner Robert Jones. We need to look at these projects and to consider learning what is taking place in the ancestral communities where our ancestors lived. Were your ancestors enslaved on a large estate? Has it been preserved and the sites where the ancestors lived—are they preserved and have their stories from those sites been studied? Wonderful stories emerge from those places, and hopefully our interest in the local area, will include the work or anthropologists and archaeologists as well.

Well, thanks for listening to this week’s episode, and please keep doing what you do. Keep researching, keep documenting and please keep sharing what you find.