This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back. Today is Friday June 12, 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji
And this is the African Roots Podcast.
You can reach me at

An update from There is good news for Delaware researchers! The Delaware 1890 African American census is now available. It was just uploaded in early June, and the original pages taken in 1890 in Delaware can be viewed on

There is still time for Early Bird Registration for the FGS Annual conference.
Register by July 1 to save $50 off full registration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference Sept. 2-5 in Little Rock, Ark. Early bird registration costs $175; after July 1, it’ll be $225. Click here to register.

On June 2, of this month, The Colonian Dames organization of Georgetown SC announced that tracsriptions of more than 22,000 Georgetown County SSC cemetery gravestones have now been placed online for genealogy researchers to access free of charge. A more detailed article appears at this site.

Have you looked at LowCountry Africana? This is a fascinating website sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston SC. The foundation has sponsored genealogical research to reconstruct the lineages of enslaved communities in the United States and Barbados. Visit Low Country Africana!

The National Archives will host a panel discussion looking at the history and the future of the National Archives. This is part of an ongoing series of events celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the National Archives. The workshop is entitled, 75 Years: The National Archives from a Community Perspective”

Louisiana researchers will be glad to learn that the CD reflecting the work of Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall and the records that she discovered in the Pointe Coupee courthouse in the 1980s. The data is now online and searchable! Explore the site of Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1699-1820.

The history of Africatown Alabama is a fascinating one for descendants of slaves brought on the slave ship Clotilde. This unique community all stems from the same community in West African called Dahomey. An article about the community and the last inhabitants is located here. Africatown.
In recent years an apology was made by the ambassador to the United States for his country’s role in the slave trade.

Enjoy your planned visits to the courthouses and research facilities, and let us hear from you about your successes and experiences!

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

4 Responses to “African Roots Podcast #11 June 12, 2009”

  1. Karen Bruton says:

    When are you going to make your podcast available on iTunes?

  2. I am trying to work out the technical procedure. As soon as I get the right procedure, I will put them there.

  3. Alisea McLeod says:

    These podcasts are really wonderful–so full of information and great advice. Thanks so much for offering them.

    As I think you know, I am working on the topic of contraband camps, so we will call that my area of expertise. Please feel free to direct people to one of my most recent posts published after a trip to the National Archives earlier this month. See I found the owner of my ancestors through studying the register; I hope others will find the register as useful.

  4. Hello Alisea,

    So glad that you have enjoyed the podcasts! I am excited to learn of your interest in contraband camps! I have an ancestor who lived on President’s Island Contraband camp outside of Memphis. I have been trying to learn more about them and about the experiences of the residents of the camps! I hope to learn more from you and your site as well! Thanks for listening to the podcasts and thank you for your kind words.

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