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.

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