Monthly Archives: January 2011

African Roots Podcast #93, January 14, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can always reach me at

Well the new year is underway, and things are happening
Samford Institute of Genealogical Research is opening up next week, so take a look at what they are offering.

The Philadelphia African American Genealogy group will hold a “snow day” meeting next week, and I will be giving a presentation on Documenting African & Native American Ancestors–Researching Blended Families.

Athens-Clarke County Library presents Dr. Al Hester will present information on two former Georgia state legislators who were once slaves in that area. Dr. Hester is a former professor who has a strong interest in Clarke county and in African American local history. This will be on Sunday January 16, at 3 pm. A book signing will take place at that event.

February 5th, Rockland County Community College will host the launching of the Smithsonian Exhibition IndiVisible. African-Native American Lives in the Americas. My presentation will take place at 4:30 in the afternoon, but the events will take place most of the day.

February is always exciting and the group in St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society. They are hosting their 2nd Annual Genealogy Conference. In cooperation with Harris-Stowe University they have a full day planned, for February 19th. More information can be found here.

I am excited to learn about how some individuals are steppinp outside of the box by venturing into new areas. I mentioned About Our Freedom blog, recently. Robin Foster has been a person who has truly reaching into new areas, with videos and now some bloggers I am learning are putting out daily papers!! This is interesting to see. I learned that this is a great way to summarize genealogy topics that come across your path. Well this is the result of an application called What a neat feature. Try it out—you can have a “paper” with just a click!

Well, I am also fascinated by the work of Antoinette Harrell. She is producing videos, hosts a radio talk show and interviewing some very interesting genealogists as well. Check out some of her videos and put her on your radar screen, as she is a person to watch during this new year!

Well, thanks for listening, and keep doing what you do.
Keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast #92 January 7, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast. My name is Angela Walton-Raji and you can reach me at

Happy New Year to everyone!!!!

I hope you are busy planning your events for the coming year! Sell 2011 is here and all kinds of plans are underway for the Sesquicentennial celebrations for the Civil War.
Well in honor of the Sesquicentennial, I am happy to share with you my latest blog:The USCT Chronicle. I had been working on this blog for a while and was inspired to go ahead and launch it, when I came across the wonderful site “About our Freedom” and you heard me speak about it last week. Well I was inspired to really push ahead, and I am glad that I did. This will be a good platform for me, to share much of the data that I have been working on for many years, and frankly it is time to tell those stories. New blogs are forthcoming, so do stand by.

I am getting ready for a few presentations—-one next week in Philadelphia on January 11, at the Philadelphia AAGG (African American Genealogy Group).

Interesting activities are being planned by the African American Civil War Memorial Museum. They will be hosting events for the next 5 years, and of course do remember to pay attention to their descendant day events the first Saturday of each month. I also look forward to learning more about the sons and daughters of the United States Colored Troops. There are Descendants Day events at the Museum each month and worth taking a look at.

Why not step outside of your comfort zone this year and give back to the genealogy community? There are some Calls for papers that are out, to give you chance to present at genealogical events in the future. Many of you have been researching for more than 10 years and it is time now to consider submitting proposals yourself. Here are two for you.

Missouri State Genealogy Conference: Request for Speakers . The conference will take place August 5-6, 2011.

National Genealogical Society (NGS) Call for Papers for the 2012 conference in Cinncinati Ohio, in May 9-12, 2012.

Perhaps this is the time to give something back to the community by presentations.

Let me hear from you if there are issues, concerns, ideas, projects to find.

Thanks for listening and Happy New Year!

And remember to Keep Researching, Keep Documenting and Keep sharing what you find!