Monthly Archives: May 2009

African Roots Podcast #7 May 15th 2009

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome to the African Roots Podcast!
I am Angela Walton-Raji and I can be reached at

Announcement :
Save the date—June 13th in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Profile in African American History” will take Place at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center on 9th Street in Little Rock, from 9:30-3:30 pm. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Contact Ms. Linda McDowell at:

From the NC State Library of North Carolina, the digitized book An Era of Progress and Promise consists of over 400 pages of documents that came from the Clifton Conferences that took place from 1901-1908. This detailed history of black institutions can be found at:

The Journal of the National Medical Association—the old professional association for Black Physicians, has placed 100 years of publications online. The journal of this historic association is valuable to both historians and genealogists because of the personal data about medical professionals that appear in the journal, in addition to the wonderful articles about health issues that affected the black community. The journal is located here:

A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors, by Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Ann Croom, can be obtained at:

Oral History Suggestions and Tips:

Among the beginning stages of African American Genealogy is the stage of collection oral histories from elders. These books and links are provided for you as guides to collecting data successfully from those whom you interview.

Book: Listening For Our Past: A Lay Guide To African American Oral History Interviewing by Hasker Nelson, Heritage Research Creations, $9.95

Smithsonian Folk Life & Oral History Guide

General Oral History Questions

Heritage Community Foundation

Africana Heritage: Doing Oral History A Practical Guide

Oral Histories Online:

Thank you for listening to the African Roots Podcast!
Remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

The African Roots Podcast #6 May 8th 2009

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome to the May 8, 2009 edition of the African Roots Podcast.
You can reach me at

Some important announcements for this week.
There are some changes in the schedule for the all day African American Genealogy Forum in Raleigh, No. Carolina next week. Two of the speakers originally stated to be on the program are unable to attend. Dorothy Spruill Redford and Dr. Henry Louis Gates cannot attend next week’s event. The revised schedule appears here:

The Museum of History in St. Louis is hosting a special event for author John Baker,
Author of the Washingtons of Wessyngton. There will be a book signing following his presentation.

In Arkansas, on May 15-16th the PAAC conference will take place at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. This society is devoted to the Preservation of African American Cemeteries. Information can be found at
Good news about the WEB Dubois Collection at Univ. Mass Amherst. The entire collection will be digitized and the process is expected to begin this summer. More information can be found here:

Those interested in the history of the slave trade in the Mid-Atlantic area will find the small piece on Delaware to be interesting. The history of the 18th century slave traders and ferriesthat landed in Camden harbor are discussed in a small piece on Roots Television. To see the video, click this link:

South Carolina Colored School images are located on this site:

Maryland State Archives has some interesting digitized images. For the Blacks in Annapolis images click here:

The special images from Names on a Wall can be viewed on the Maryland website. These signatures inscribed on the wall of the Edmonson House in East New Market are located at:

KENTUCKY researchers will enjoy searching the wonderful website from the University of Kentucky Library. The NKAA (Notable Kentucky African Americans) database contains more than 170 categories to be researched. Please visit

Chicago African American Heritage Book. The Chicago African American Genealogical Society has embarked on a new project that will document African American families. You can participate in the project. Information is located at:

Have a great weekend.
And keep researching,
keep documenting and
keep sharing what you find.