This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast. Today is April 1, 2011. My name is Angela Walton-Raji, and you can always reach me at

A special shout out to those who are attending the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Columbus Ohio this weekend. Looks like it is a great event I am sure that one will have a great time there.

I am busy preparing for Hampton Virginia!!! I will speaking at the Hampton Road AAHGS, Civil War Conference next week. I will be giving two presentations and Professor Dru, (Drusilla Pair) will be presenting a fascinating case study of a black Civil War soldier.

Great news from the Library of Virginia:The Library of Virginia (LVA) and the Loudoun County Circuit Court Archives has announced the completion of an additional digital scanning project. The processing, indexing, and digital reformatting of the Loudoun County chancery causes is now complete. The images have been added to the Chancery Records Indexon the Virginia Memory site. The Loudoun County chancery images span the years 1758 through 1912. This is wonderful news since it also spans a good portion of slavery era years.

Monday April 4—There’s a great chance to hear Annette Gordon-Reed at 6 pm. She is speaking as part of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series . Her topic is “Writing the Life of Thomas Jefferson” (Seating is limited. Doors open one hour before lecture time.) The location is at the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture Auditorium at the University of Virginia. Events are sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the University of Virginia.

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. For more info call 202-707-5537

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.

Don’t forget the 2 day Genealogy Expo at the National Archives in Washington DC later this month. It is an exciting opportunity to get to know more about the wonderful resources that are offered at the Washington DC main facility of the Archives.

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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. That’s TODAY!!!! 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.

Another Call for Papers:

2011 Black New England Conference, September 29 – October 1, 2011, at the University of New Hampshire. The theme is: New England’s “Self-Invented” Black Women. The 6th Annual Black New England Conference investigates the significant roles Black women have played and continue to play in shaping the history, culture, and image of New England as a region. As the title suggests, the conference will explore how self-invented Black women have transformed New England through education, the arts, literature, politics, and notable historical movements and events. Proposals are encouraged that examine the innovative and enterprising ways that Black women have navigated New England’s particular geography and cultural/racial structures. The Black New England Conference is a 3-day conference that gathers scholars, teachers, researchers, community members and members of local organizations to share their work and insights on the Black experience past and present in New England. It is both an academic conference and a celebration of Black life and history in New England. Deadline for submissions is Friday, July 29, 2011

Well hope to see some of you tonight in the AfriGeneas chat room WDYTYA as we gather to watch tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are. We watch and discuss research methods used in the program. Join us on

Well thanks for listening, I appreciate your taking time out of your day to tune in. Have a great week, and keep researching, keep documenting, and please, keep sharing what you find.

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