This Week's Pod Cast


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

I invite you all to visit my blog to share my excitement over my genealogy adventures of the past 2-3 weeks. My pursuit of a mysterious woman began last fall, and I was surprised to find out more about her life when I got a break. I have shared the story of my Search for and Discovery of Story of Martha Danner Hockenhull might interest many of you, and I was thrilled to learn more about the details of an ancestor’s escape to freedom.

I hope many of you have been able to catch up on the goings on that took place at RootsTech last week in Salt Lake City. I watched a good number of the videos and learned a lot from them.

If you are thinking about taking some genealogy classes at an institute, you are encouraged to look at a new institute that will take place in Pittsburgh this summer. The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. There is still room for registration and many of the classes look quite interesting.

Next weekend –February 18th–will be a busy one in several cities:
St. Louis
The African American Genealogical & Historical Society presents the 3rd Annual Conference. The conference theme is Piecing Together Your Heritage

Washington, DC
The African American Special Interest Group of the LDS Visitor’s Center is hosting an African American Genealogy Workshop. Several topics are being presented at the LDS Family History Center in Kensington MD.

Newport News Virginia
Sunday Crowns – A Program About Those Church Hats
Drusilla Pair has coordinated an interesting program about hat history and the legacy of hats among African American women.

African American Genealogy Communities Online
The community has expanded–visit the many genealogy communities of active researchers from Facebook to Twitter, to the favorite standard—AfriGeneas.

Our Black Ancestry
African American Genealogy Forum

There are a number of special groups for genealogists on Twitter, and many who research African American family histories. Too many to mention here, but if you follow me @AYWalton, you will be able to follow many of those whom I get a sample of writers and bloggers. Plus once you are comfortable on the site, you will develop your own list of followers and expand your list of people you follow as well.
#POCGenealogy – People of Color Genealogy
#genealogy – Genealogy
#USCT US Colored Troops
#Civil War
#cw150 – Civil War Sesquicentennial

The premiere site online to visit for African American Genealogy is AfriGeneas. Created in 1997, AfriGeneas is still the leading site and the longest continually operating site to visit. There are more than 20 message boards (forums) where messages can be posted. Questions and answers are all retained so that visitors can explore them in detail and follow up with each other. Among the many forums are:

Genealogy & History
Slave Research Forum
Surnames Forum
Brick Wall Forum
Free Persons of Color
States Forum
African-Native American
Cemeteries Forum
Of course—we have daily chats—-7 days a week—as well. So join us and share

Also on AfriGeneas Join us on Fridays for a Who-Do-You-Think-You-Are watching party. As the third season unfolds for this popular NBC program, a group of genealogists on AfriGeneas gather each week online and tune in to watch the NBC program WDYTYA. During the commercial breaks we discuss the research challenges, and sometimes our opinions on the research methods and conclusions researched and presented to the guest. It is an enjoyable way to watch the program with others.

I hope that these ideas will assist you as you explore the genealogy community in new ways and make more connections. All of these assist us in telling the family story.

Thanks for listening, and join me next week as I come to you from St. Louis Missouri!

In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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