This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast. You can always reach me at

Glad it’s Friday as a new episode of WDYTYA is airing tonight. Are you aware that there is a British version online? You might want to take a look—-there are some wonderful episodes there to watch as well. Don’t forget to join us online in a viewing party on AfriGeneas.

Tomorrow is your chance to hear Shelly Murphy a friend from Twitter
March 26, Church & Cemetery Records presented by Shelley Murphy. Hear how church and probate records bring value to your genealogy research. This talk will also cover information on cemetery records and online resources. The presentation will be at the Fluvanna County, Virginia Public library and begins at 12noon.

April 9, Hampton Virginia: Researching Civil War to learn about your history.
I will be presenting at the Hampton Roads AAHGS a session on exploring the Civil War as a method of breaking through brick walls, and finding unknown ancestors.

Angela Walton-Raji will present two workshops on April 9th at the Hampton Roads AAHGS event on the Civil War.
Breaking through the Wall of 1870 with Civil War Research and Uncovering the First Days of Freedom.. Also researcher and genealogist Drusilla Pair will present a case study on the life of Madison Lewis. Her session is entitled “From Slave to Freedom Fighter.”

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 10:00 am. The Library of Congress will sponsor an orientation class entitled
“Resources for Genealogical Research at The Library of Congress.” The class will meet in room L J G42 of
the Jefferson Building. All participants must have a Reader Registration Card. You must bring a picture I.D. to obtain the card. The card must be obtained prior to the class and can be obtained in room LM 140 of the Madison Building. Call202-707-5537, register in the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, or go here to register

April 16, Charlottesville Family History Center Conference, registration now open, free and open to the public. Bernie Gracy, locational genealogy expert is the key note speaker. Visit

April 16 – Atlanta Georgia
The National Archives at Atlanta will present a Civil War Symposium, a day-long program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The event features scholars and historians from leading archival and academic institutions, as well as an exhibit of 19th century African American newspapers. The symposium is slated for April 16 and costs $20 to attend. Visit NARA’s website for more information.

National Archives Genealogy Fair takes place in Washington DC
This two-day program showcases the Federal records located at the National Archives as resources for family history research. Speakers and exhibitors include National Archives staff, historians, and genealogy professionals. Sessions included workshops on records relating to naturalization, census, military, immigration, land, and more. Exhibitors include National Archives staff and number of organizations that have partnered with NARA.

Don’t forget the Calls for Papers: Looking towards April, note that April 1 is the deadline if any of your are considering making a presentation at the 2012 national conference sponsored by the National Genealogical Society. The deadline for Submissions—1 April 2011. The theme is: The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, 9–12 May 2012. The deadline for submitting proposals is 1 April 2011. Click here to submit today.

The Call for PAPERS for AAHGS is finally out!! Call for Proposals The Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) is pleased to announce the 2011 Conference Call for Papers. The AAHGS Conference endeavors each year to provide the premier opportunity to explore standard and innovative methods, resources, and strategies centered around African American, Caribbean, Native American genealogy and the expansive history of the African in the Diaspora.

Virginia Researchers:
The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the release of its Organization Records Guide, an on-line alphabetical listing and description of collections of organizations located at the library. The guide includes links to catalog records and to collection guides, archived websites, and databases where they exist. As more organization records are added to the library’s collections, they will also be added to the guide. The Organization Records Guide can be accessed on The Library of Virginia’s website at the following links:

A neat online course is offered at the University of Massachusetts. Digital Heritage as a Tool of Public Engagement with the Past
Summer 2011 Session 1 Course Offerings May 16 – June 6 Registration Deadline May 1
This course for heritage professionals will explore the potential of new media to allow participants will learn new techniques for using interactive tools like Facebook and Twitter.

Well, thank you for listening, and I hope to hear from you and to join you next week. Please keep research, keep documenting and always, keep sharing what you find.

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