Monthly Archives: December 2009

African Roots Podcast #37 December 11th 2009

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back!
Today is Friday December 11, 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji
And this is the African Roots Podcast!
You can reach me at

Book signing with Annette Gordon Reed, author of Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. National Archives in Washington DC December 16, 7pm in the McGowan Theatre.

VOICE YOUR CONCERNS about the Proposed Renovations at the U.S. National Archives
Proposed renovations at the National Archives will affect all NARA researchers, at the special hearing on Wednesday December 16 at the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill. If the proposed changes take place, there might be a cutback on space for researchers.

If you cannot attend the hearing, contact the representatives who are on the congressional subcommittee.

Clay, William Lacy, Missouri Phone: (202) 225-2406
Paul Kanjorski, Pennsylvania phone: 202-225-6511
Carolyn Maloney – New York
Eleanor Holmes Norton—Washington DC phone: (202) 225-8050
Davis, Danny D – Chicago, 7D.
Driehaus, Steve – Ohio http://tinyurlcom/yz637fg
Watson, Diane California, phone: 202-225-7084
Cuellar, Henry Texas phone: 202-225-1640
McHenry, Patrick North Carolina phone: 202-225.2576
Westmoreland, Lynn , Georgia Phone (202) 225-5901 Fax (202) 225-2515
Mica, John, Florida Fax: (202) 226-0821
Chaffetz, Jason Utah Phone: (202) 225-7751 Fax: (202) 225-5629

ALSO, if you are in the DC area, a public meeting will be held the following day, 17 December 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at NARA specifically to discuss the proposed changes.

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Well it’s time to put some events for next year on your calendar.
Here are a few:
Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Maryland Historical Society

African American Family History Seminar

Join Chris Haley, nephew of Roots author Alex Haley, director of the Study of the Legacy of Slavery for the Maryland State Archives, and renowned researcher and lecturer, for a keynote discussion on the importance and nuance of genealogy for the African American family. Then, participate in three “how to” sessions for preserving family history. The session will be led by Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manger at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society for 20 years. $40 MdHS Members/ $55 Non-members

Program will include a light breakfast, access to the MdHS Library and valuable handouts on sources, materials and processes for collecting and preserving your family’s history
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IGS Annual Conference
The Indiana Genealogical Society’s next conference will be Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. Dick Eastman, author and creator of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, will be the featured speaker.
Eastman’s topics will be:
Genealogy Searches on Google
Blogging For Genealogists
Conservation: Keeping Up With Technology
Grandpa In Your Pocket: Portable Gadgets For Genealogists
A Society Management Seminar will be held on Friday, April 9, 2010 at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. More details will be released at a later date.
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Ohio Genealogical SocietyAnnual Conference

DEBORAH A. ABBOTT, PhD, is president of the AAGS of Cleveland. She is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, workshops, and seminars. Member of GSG, NGS, FGS, and OGS.

Timothy Pinnick—also speaking at the conference. Author, lecturer, specialist in Afr. American newspapers and black coal miners.

Something to watch for in Janary: The Generations project: Join regular people from many walks of life as they explore who they are and the family that has shaped their identity. Begins in January 2010

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Wonderful information on African American history coming from West Virginia.

Jefferson County West Virginia Black history preservation society was recently featured in a half hour documentary. This very active group has really put their energy into documenting the local history, and should be an incentive for all of us to get involved in our projects. We don’t have to be part of a society—we can still get a lot done as a “society of one”. Click on the link and listen to the interview with members of this interesting preservation society. With work on the documentary behind them, Taylor says the group is planning several more projects including a book based on interviews done about 20 years ago with older residents of the county and another on women who impacted the county’s African American history. The documentary “Road Trip to History- African Americans of Jefferson County, West Virginia” is produced by Jefferson County filmmaker Wayne Bronson and will air on PBS stations in Virginia and West Virginia.

As the holidays approach, now is a good time to reflect on the many things that have happened over the past 12 months, and to look ahead to new projects. If you are in the midst of holiday preparations instead of the annual Christmas card it might be a good idea to finally sit down and write that family newsletter—make it a genealogical gift to the family. Or plan one for the new year.

In the meantime, keep doing what you do—keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

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African Roots Podcast #36 December 4, 2009

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back!
Today is Friday December 4, 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji
And this is the African Roots Podcast!

You can reach me at

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday weekend!

Deadline has been extended for the Chicago African American Genealogical Society Heritage Book project. They are accepting submissions of up to 500 words and a black and white photo of your ancestor to be included in the Heritage Book. Read more about their submission guidelines.

The National Archives in Washington DC will host Annette Gordon Reed, author of the Heminges of Moticello, on December 16 at 7 pm. Books can be ordered for a discount in advance of the book signing. To reserve a copy phone 202-357-5271.

Have you considered attending a genealogy institute? These are week long workshops and the three major ones are listed here for you to put on your calendar.
Salt Lake Genealogy Institute
Samford Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research
National Institute of Genealogical Research

Conferences for 2010
National Genealogy Society Conference April 2010 Salt Lake City

California Jamboree Jun 11-13, 2010 Burbank, California

FGS Conference-Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference, Knoxville Tennessee August 18-21, 2010

Special attention should be paid to the energies coming from Chicago. One church pastor has taken genealogy to his church, another genealogist is teaching his passion to boy scouts, and one active genealogy has share her passion with her granddaughter. The great news is that the young people are grasping it. One delightful audio story is about McKenzie Donnen a 10 year old girl who strong identifies with her ancestor Fredonia. Her grandmother Patricia Bearden has taken the history of the family and made it come alive. Genealogist Tony Burroughs has developed a curriculum for the schools and they are now adding genealogy into their history classes.

There is much to learn from this model. Let us move genealogy beyond a mere hobby or private passion, and take it into the communities. The Chicago African American genealogy community is one to follow. They deserve to be congratulated and we can learn from them.

Thanks for listening to me, today. As always, continue to do what you do.
Keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

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