Monthly Archives: September 2010

African Roots Podcast #76 September 10, 2010

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! My name is Angela Walton-Raji. Today is Friday September 10, 2010. You can always reach me at

I hope you have had a great week of genealogical research and sharing your work with others. There will be several opportunities in upcoming weeks to share and to learn from your colleagues.

Tomorrow are the Family History Day Genealogy Workshop in Baltimore. The event is free to the public, and although pre-registration is closed, walk-ins are welcomed. The event program schedule is online for all to view as well. So take a look at the syllabus of the speakers in advance and plan the sessions that you would like to attend.

September 18, 2010 New York City – Gustave Heye Center (National Museum of the American Indian) 1 Bowling Green, New York, New York Presentation: Researching Blended Families 1:00 pm. Presenter – Angela Walton-Raji

AAHGS Conference, Univ. of Maryland, Adelphi Conference Center

Family History Expo, Atlanta GA, November 12-13, 2010, Duluth GA

Footnote has some new offerings for those who research the Civil War and the US Colored Troops. They are expanding what they have done with the compiled service records of the US Colored Troops. This is exciting for several reasons—particularly as the Sesquicentennial of the beginning of the Am. Civil War approaches, many more researchers will be interested in this history. I am excited to see that more service records are now available, and can be inspected.
They are also uploading the US Colored Cavalry records as well.

Speaking of Footnote—have you joined the volunteer effort to index the SC Estate records. More than 3 decades worth of slavery era documents—dozens of reels of microfilm with thousands of images—are now on Footnote. These estate records came from the SC state Archives. While the images are there—indexing is sorely needed. Please consider joining this worthwhile effort to bring forth the names of thousands of slaves back into the light. A word about indexing these records—these are slavery era records. The records reflect the status of slaves when a slave owner’s estate was appraised. In some cases, slaves were sold, and in some of those records, families were separated. These are sometimes events that were painful to read—these events occurred to real people. For more than 160 years these events have been buried in records. They were forgotten by larger society, though the impact on the families lasted for decades. It is now time that the names of these ancestors—ancestors to us all are brought back to light and their names can once again be called. You are strongly urged to join this worthwhile effort.

Thanks for listening this week. Have a great week at any of the genealogical events you attend and have great success with your own research. In the meantime, keep doing what you do.
Keep researching, keep documenting, and always, keep sharing what you find!

African Roots Podcast #75 September 3, 2010

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back! My name is Angela Walton-Raji and this is the African Roots Podcast! You can always reach me at .

Upcoming Events:
Baltimore Family History All Day Program
Saturday September 11, 2010

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Blended Families. Tracing African & Native American Ancestors
New York Facility. Gustave Heye Center, NYC
September 18, 2010

Five Tribes Story Conference,
Muskogee, Oklahoma
September 24-25, 2010

31st Annual AAHGS Conference
University of Maryland, Conference Center, Adelphi MD

November 12-13th Atlanta GA
Family History Expo, Gwinett Center, Duluth GA

The Civil War in Arkansas
January 28-29, 2011, Ft. Smith Arkansas
Clayton House

May 21, 2011
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN
Researching Native American Ancestors, in African American Families

With fall workshops coming up and the end of the year quickly approaching, it it perhaps time to consider plans for next year’s season of workshops and events. To expand your own horizons, here are some suggestions:

-Take a technology genealogy workshop.
-Learn how to create a genealogy blog.
-Consider writing an article for your favorite genealogy publication

Visit some new features on old sites—such as the Family Search Wiki.

Thanks to a recent post on Low Country Africana a guest blogger Robin Foster revealed some practical features of the new wiki on Family Search. org’s site, and I applied some of her suggested methods and learned about some new resources in the places that I research. Thanks to both Robin and to Low County Africana for a great article!

That kind of article inspires all of us to put more energy into the resources that we use. Explore new sites, new blogs and click on some of those links that you might not ordinarily click on and see what you might learn!

Well—-another week’s show comes to an end. Thanks for listening, and let me hear from you!

In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!