Monthly Archives: May 2011

African Roots Podcast #110 May 13, 2011

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots podcast. My name is Angela Walton-Raji. You can always reach me at

Greetings to everyone attending the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society!

Don’t forget to tune in to the Geneabloggers Radio Program tonight.

FGS Radio will be broadcasting live from the NGS Conference as well. And of course a great way to follow what is going on will be to follow your favorite bloggers as many of them are blogging about their own experiences at the conference.

Genealogy Day at the Eiteljorg Museum
Red and Black Related Through History. I will be presenting along with Charmaine Champion Shaw—a member of the Cheyenne nation. I think it will be an interesting day with many interesting events for the entire family.

The annual conference of the Preservation of African American Cemeteries is underway this weekend in Hope Arkansas. The theme is Reclaiming Our Past to Preserve Our Future May 13 – 14, 2011 at Historic Washington State Park Located near Hope, Arkansas

I had the chance to attend the dedication of the Drennen Scott home in Van Buren Arkansas this week. I was a guest of the University of Arkansas, Ft. Smith, and was able to represent my ancestors who were enslaved there. I was also happy to know that at long last, a stone will be placed in cemetery for my ancestor over his grave site. The family agreed to it, and for that I am grateful. It was a very moving experience for me.

I hope that other will be able to have a similar experience as they document their family history. The lesson is to share the data that you find, and to speak to others. One never knows who will respond and how they will respond.

Well, thanks for listening, and please continue to do the work that you do. Keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast #109 May 6, 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

Well I know—everyone is preparing to go to Charleston in a couple of weeks, for the NGS Conference, but I am glad to see that beyond the national event—that there are also activities underway locally as well.

Tomorrow is a big genealogy day here in the mid-Atlantic area:
1)All day genealogy day at the Family history center in Kensington Maryland. This will be a full day of workshops more than 20—all free. I have attended this event before and have found it to be a great way to spend the day.

2)Enoch Pratt Library is holding a free genealogy workshop with genealogist Shamele Jordon. She will be speaking about . Her presentation begins at 10:15 am, and her presentations will be:

Six Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy Research She will discuss ways that you can enhance your research using the latest technology, the Internet, and traditional research techniques.
I’ve Traced My family Back to 1870. Now What? Researching African American ancestor’s pre-1870 presents unique challenges. Learn sources and techniques to locate ancestors during the Reconstruction and Slavery Eras. This will take place at the
Central Library Saturday, May 07, 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

3) Baltimore AAHGS chapter is hosting Michael Hait who will presenting on finding Maryland Slave owners.Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. at the Reginald Lewis Museum. Museum admission required; BAAHGS members $5. To register, please call 443-263-1816.r

May 13-14, Hope Arkansas PAAC-Preservation of African American Cemeteries.
Arkansas friends are preparing for the PAAC conference in Hope Arkansas
5th Annual Memorial in May Conference Theme: Reclaiming Our Past to Preserve Our Future May 13 – 14, 2011 at Historic Washington State Park Located near Hope, Arkansas

May 6-7 TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – A two-day gravestone and cemetery monument conservation workshop will be held at the Saline Courthouse in Rose on May 6 and Ross Cemetery in Park Hill on May 7. Both workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, Preservation Oklahoma, The Saline Preservation Association and The Ross Cemetery Association are hosting the workshop. A one-time fee of $25 is required to participate in the workshops. The workshops’ goal will be to educate participants in all aspects of gravestone conservation.

Hats off to the work being done at Roselawn Cemetery in Oklahoma. Thanks to Verdie Triplett this historic Choctaw Freedman burial ground is being cared for.

Well I am off to Arkansas for both a family event and for an historic dedication. The home where one of my ancestors Patrick Drennen, was a slave is being re-dedicated, and thanks to an Arkansas researcher Tonia Holleman of Arkansas, I know of my ancestor’s connection to the Drennen Home of Van Buren Arkansas. I shall be there, to represent the enslaved people who also lived on that estate. He lived and died there, and so I shall be there his legacy still prevails on Arkansas soil. We stand on our ancestor’s shoulders, so if nothing else I shall be there to call his name.

Have a great week, and keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.