Monthly Archives: August 2009

African Roots Podcast #20, August 14, 2009

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello everyone and welcome back! Today is Friday August 14, 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji. This is the African Roots Podcast
You can always reach me at

Some announcements
African American Genealogy Presentation
Saturday August 15, 10-3
Gosnolds Hope Park, in Hampton Formerly the Tabb Plantation
The city of Hampton Va presents the full day of events celebrating the 390th anniversary of the first arrival of Africans in America.

A full day of events are planned, including three morning workshop. One on early African American History by Dr. Robert Watson and Dr. William Wiggins. Those interested in Food Ways of Early African Americans, will enjoy the presentation by John Mark, and those with an interest in how to research their family history will enjoy Professor Dru Pair who will give present a session on beginning your genealogy research. Many of us know Professor Dru by her wonderful blog, FindYourFolks, and many recognize her name as a regular on the lunch time and evening chats on AfriGeneas. More information is located here.

A special webinar is planned by Family Tree Magazine

Family Search Essentials: How to Access Records from 100 Countries Without Leaving Town

When: Wednesday, August 26th at 7:00 PM EST!
Presenter: Allison Stacy, Publisher and
Editorial Director of Family Tree Magazine

This webinar shows you how to tap Family Search’s millions of online and offline records covering 100-plus countries. You’ll learn: details about the world’s largest genealogy collection at Family Search’s Salt Lake City Family History Library how to get its records through local Family History Centers and trace your family around the world tips for finding materials about your ancestors in the Family History Library catalog using Family Search helpful resources on the Family Search Web site
search hints for using the growing databases in Famil ySearch’s online record search project

The National Archives is celebrating their 75th Anniversary.
September 10 7 pm
William G. McGowan Theatre, Washington DC
Special Panel Discussion on Black Life and History
In partnership with the National Park Service Carter G. Woodson Home Historic Site, we present a discussion on preservation in African American life and culture. Moderated by Ida Jones, assistant curator of manuscripts, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, the discussion will focus on the extent to which Woodson’s pioneering work in black history shaped the African American ethos toward historic preservation, and the role of African Americans in creating and protecting their “untold stories.” Panelists include Pero Dagbovie, professor of history at Michigan State University; Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, director of the public history program, Howard University; Talitha L. LeFlouria, assistant professor of African American history, Florida Atlantic University; Robert Stanton, former director of the National Park Service; and Bettye Collier Thomas, founder of the National Archives for Black Women’s History, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House.


I wanted to direct attention to Ohio Memory. This is a great project in collaboration of the Ohio Historical Society and the State Library of Ohio.

This very impressive site holds many items that will interest African American researchers:
-Abolitionists 17 items high resolution images of documents and photos.
-African American Newpapers
-African American Ohioans—images from photos to historic illustrations such as Harper’s Prints.
-African American Education—institutions and educators
-African American soldiers.

Some great images of soldiers including an image I have never seen of the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry organized in Ohio. A black civil War regiment! Also included are the colors—the official flag of the Black Brigade of Ohio a Civil War regiment.

Wilberforce University catalogue is also in this collection. This is a catalog from 1859-60.
Many more wonderful items to explore at this site.

Indiana Historical Society hosts a wonderful site that included the Madam C.J. Walker collection and information on the Indiana Recorder the longest running African American newspaper in the state.
For more info, visit the Indiana History site.

Citation of sources is an important way to document those stories about events or people in the family.
Art Thomas introduced a great thread on Genealogy Wise, in the African Ancestored group about searching for those documents that are often spoken about. He cited the example of an ancestor said to have died while visiting a son in Cleveland. It turns out that the ancestor died while visiting a daughter in a different city. He found not only a death certificate, but an obituary published at the time of the ancestor’s death as evidence of where she died. Proper citation of facts is essential and should be done the right way.

These are some online resources that should assist all researchers in this process.
About Citing Sources
How to Cite Sources

Citing Sources in the National Archives
Source Citation: A Genealogist’s Best Friend

In the meantime, keep doing what you do—keep researching, keep documenting (and citing those sources) and keep sharing what you find!

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African Roots Podcast #19 August 7, 2009

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello everyone and welcome back! Today is Friday August 7, 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji.
You can always reach me at

Some interesting events coming up in Ohio in August.
August 15, 2009
Muffins Vintage Base Ball: Celebrating African-American Base-Ball Heritage
Ohio Village, COLUMBUS 12:30 p.m.
Join the excitement at the Ohio Village in Columbus as the Muffins honor the heritage of African Americans in base ball. Special programs, unique encounters with players from the past and more await you. Seating is limited so bring a chair for this enjoyable spectacle! Admission: FREE. $4/parking fee for nonmembers. Call 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124 or visit the website.

August 27, 2009
Echoes in Time Theatre Presents ‘An Evening with Paul Laurence Dunbar’
Ohio Historical Center, COLUMBUS
7 and 8 p.m.
Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African American to gain national eminence as a poet. Born in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of ex-slaves and a classmate of Orville Wright of aviation fame. Although he lived to be only 33 years old, Dunbar was prolific, writing short stories, novels, librettos, plays, songs, and essays as well as the poetry for which he became well known. Don’t miss this portrayal by Anthony Gibbs of Canal Winchester, Ohio. Free with museum admission: $8/adults (13-59), $7/seniors (60+), $4/youths (6-12), and free to Ohio Historical Society members and children 5 and under. Parking is $4 and FREE for members. For more information, visit or call 800.686.6124.

A genealogy Workshop

Online registration is now open for the 2009 (11th Annual) Baltimore Family History Workshop! The workshop is sponsored by Baltimore Maryland Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held in Essex, Maryland, on Saturday, Sept. 12. Please visit the website to find out more and to register for up to 6 of our more than 50 exciting classes being offered this year!

Some news from Burr Oak Cemetery near Chicago
Burr Oak Cemetery Database

As many as 300 graves at Burr Oak Cemetery near Alsip may have been dug up and the remains dumped so the plots could be resold. The good news is: To help families search for their loved ones’ graves, the Cook County Sheriff’s office is building a database so families can search for images of headstones. Burr Oak has about 100,000 grave sites, but only half have marked headstones. County officials have documented all 50,000 headstones and they all should be entered into the database over the next several days. So far, the database features about 9,500 sites. Families should check back regularly for updates. This application allows you to search the sheriff’s database by name, and browse by decade and year. As the sheriff’s office releases more images, the data in this application will be updated. (Please note: Because of inconsistent data from the sheriff’s office, the names and dates on the headstones may not always match the descriptions.)

From Little Rock Arkansas comes the efforts to preserve Haven of Rest Cemetery the most historically significant African American cemetery in the state. Led by Mr. B.J. McCoy, a series of meetings are taking place to discuss the future of this historic burial site. There will be planning meeting in next week and a major meeting at the Dunbar Community center, on September 22.

For more information contact Pat Brewer

A recent post from Regina Spencer from the AfriGeneas message board has encouraged many genealogists to look at those old family artifacts again and how to assess things when new artifacts come into our possession. Regina’s post can be found here.

For more ideas on how to analyzed family artifacts, these sites might assist you:
Family Artifacts

Cabinet of Curiosities: Family Artifacts

Well thanks for listening.
Remember to keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.