African Roots Podcast #12 June 19, 2009

This Week's Pod Cast

 

This is Friday June 19th 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji
This is the African Roots Podcast!

Happy Juneteenth everyone!
For those of you who have become interested in learning more about the Juneteenth celebration you will enjoy reading more about it here.

The Prince George’s County AAHGS Juneteenth workshop can find information is hosting an all day Juneteenth Event on African American Genealogy. It will take place at the Family History Center in Suitland Maryland. The workshop is free to the public.

You are invited to attend a special event at the Library of Congress on African American genealogy resources. Journey Into Your Past: African American Genealogy at the Library of Congress Journey into the lives of your ancestors through the published records and online resources at the Library of Congress. Explore the untold stories of generations past by searching digitized oral histories, newspapers, maps, and photographs documenting African American lives in America. Learn strategies to overcome roadblocks in the historical record. Join us as we examine items and share tips to break down these barriers.
Ahmed Johnson, a specialist in African American genealogy resources from the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room at the Library of Congress, will be here to help at the Opal Auditorium
OPAL Auditorium

For anyone interested in the history of the great plains you will find the Nebraska Studies website, of interest, including some stories of African Americans and you have chance to learn about life on the plains and on the early homesteads. Great information is located on their website.

Connecticut Digitization project called Connecticut history online provides over 16 pages of photos, and documents of African Americans throughout the state. Both documents and portraits as well as group shots can be located on the website.

I hope that those of you who have been conducting genealogy research for several years, will consider telling the story of not only your family, but will consider defining your special passion within genealogy. Some of you have become immersed in community documentation projects; others have become cemetery preservationists, while others have immersed yourselves into oral history projects as well. This kind of data will hopefully be published in the future. You are urged also to become engaged with the greater genealogical community. Consider joining the historical society where your ancestors lived. Consider also speaking at events,. and initiating some projects to put the black community that you research on the historical map. They were there, and you often might be the person to expose something unique about the community, stemming from your research. A few links are placed for you here, to consider sharing, teaching and growing within the genealogical community.

Association of Professional Genealogists.
The Oral History Association
The impact of Dorothy Spruill Redford can be found here.

Images of Someret Place are found here.

Well Thanks for listening.
Happy Juneteenth, everyone!
Remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

1 Comment

  1. Vicky
    Posted June 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    As usual Angela a great podcast!

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