Monthly Archives: June 2009

African Roots Podcast #11 June 12, 2009

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back. Today is Friday June 12, 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji
And this is the African Roots Podcast.
You can reach me at

An update from There is good news for Delaware researchers! The Delaware 1890 African American census is now available. It was just uploaded in early June, and the original pages taken in 1890 in Delaware can be viewed on

There is still time for Early Bird Registration for the FGS Annual conference.
Register by July 1 to save $50 off full registration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference Sept. 2-5 in Little Rock, Ark. Early bird registration costs $175; after July 1, it’ll be $225. Click here to register.

On June 2, of this month, The Colonian Dames organization of Georgetown SC announced that tracsriptions of more than 22,000 Georgetown County SSC cemetery gravestones have now been placed online for genealogy researchers to access free of charge. A more detailed article appears at this site.

Have you looked at LowCountry Africana? This is a fascinating website sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston SC. The foundation has sponsored genealogical research to reconstruct the lineages of enslaved communities in the United States and Barbados. Visit Low Country Africana!

The National Archives will host a panel discussion looking at the history and the future of the National Archives. This is part of an ongoing series of events celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the National Archives. The workshop is entitled, 75 Years: The National Archives from a Community Perspective”

Louisiana researchers will be glad to learn that the CD reflecting the work of Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall and the records that she discovered in the Pointe Coupee courthouse in the 1980s. The data is now online and searchable! Explore the site of Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1699-1820.

The history of Africatown Alabama is a fascinating one for descendants of slaves brought on the slave ship Clotilde. This unique community all stems from the same community in West African called Dahomey. An article about the community and the last inhabitants is located here. Africatown.
In recent years an apology was made by the ambassador to the United States for his country’s role in the slave trade.

Enjoy your planned visits to the courthouses and research facilities, and let us hear from you about your successes and experiences!

Thanks for listening. Remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast #10, June 5, 2009

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back. Today is Friday June 5, 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji
And this is the African Roots Podcast.
You can reach me at

Events for June
African American Museum in Philadelphia has a new exhibit called Audacious Freedom. This looks at African American history from 1776-1876. The exhibit opens on June 19th 2009.

Prince George’s County AAHGS has a special workshop for Juneteenth on June 20th in Suitland MD there will be an all day workshop on African American Genealogy. It is free to the public but pre-registration is required.

July Deadlines
July 1st Still time for Early Bird Registration for the Federation of Genealogy Societies annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. Some wonderful workshops are scheduled for African American researchers. The conference schedule is on their website.

July 1st is also the date if you are interested in presenting at the 2010 California Genealogy Jamboree. Visit the Jamboree 2010 Call for Papers.

Canadian Black History
Take some time to visit the Ontario Black History Society.
The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) is a non-profit registered Canadian charity, dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of Black History and heritage. The Society aims to foster public interest and encourage the interest of Black History through oral history, public presentations and community outreach.

I will be speaking in the future about professionalizing yourself and becoming connected to others who are also professional researchers. Consider joining the Association of Professional genealogists, (APG) and other organizations for Professional genealogists.

Thanks for listening. Remember, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

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