This Week's Pod Cast


Hello everyone and welcome back! Today is Friday August 14, 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji. This is the African Roots Podcast
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Some announcements
African American Genealogy Presentation
Saturday August 15, 10-3
Gosnolds Hope Park, in Hampton Formerly the Tabb Plantation
The city of Hampton Va presents the full day of events celebrating the 390th anniversary of the first arrival of Africans in America.

A full day of events are planned, including three morning workshop. One on early African American History by Dr. Robert Watson and Dr. William Wiggins. Those interested in Food Ways of Early African Americans, will enjoy the presentation by John Mark, and those with an interest in how to research their family history will enjoy Professor Dru Pair who will give present a session on beginning your genealogy research. Many of us know Professor Dru by her wonderful blog, FindYourFolks, and many recognize her name as a regular on the lunch time and evening chats on AfriGeneas. More information is located here.

A special webinar is planned by Family Tree Magazine

Family Search Essentials: How to Access Records from 100 Countries Without Leaving Town

When: Wednesday, August 26th at 7:00 PM EST!
Presenter: Allison Stacy, Publisher and
Editorial Director of Family Tree Magazine

This webinar shows you how to tap Family Search’s millions of online and offline records covering 100-plus countries. You’ll learn: details about the world’s largest genealogy collection at Family Search’s Salt Lake City Family History Library how to get its records through local Family History Centers and trace your family around the world tips for finding materials about your ancestors in the Family History Library catalog using Family Search helpful resources on the Family Search Web site
search hints for using the growing databases in Famil ySearch’s online record search project

The National Archives is celebrating their 75th Anniversary.
September 10 7 pm
William G. McGowan Theatre, Washington DC
Special Panel Discussion on Black Life and History
In partnership with the National Park Service Carter G. Woodson Home Historic Site, we present a discussion on preservation in African American life and culture. Moderated by Ida Jones, assistant curator of manuscripts, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, the discussion will focus on the extent to which Woodson’s pioneering work in black history shaped the African American ethos toward historic preservation, and the role of African Americans in creating and protecting their “untold stories.” Panelists include Pero Dagbovie, professor of history at Michigan State University; Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, director of the public history program, Howard University; Talitha L. LeFlouria, assistant professor of African American history, Florida Atlantic University; Robert Stanton, former director of the National Park Service; and Bettye Collier Thomas, founder of the National Archives for Black Women’s History, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House.


I wanted to direct attention to Ohio Memory. This is a great project in collaboration of the Ohio Historical Society and the State Library of Ohio.

This very impressive site holds many items that will interest African American researchers:
-Abolitionists 17 items high resolution images of documents and photos.
-African American Newpapers
-African American Ohioans—images from photos to historic illustrations such as Harper’s Prints.
-African American Education—institutions and educators
-African American soldiers.

Some great images of soldiers including an image I have never seen of the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry organized in Ohio. A black civil War regiment! Also included are the colors—the official flag of the Black Brigade of Ohio a Civil War regiment.

Wilberforce University catalogue is also in this collection. This is a catalog from 1859-60.
Many more wonderful items to explore at this site.

Indiana Historical Society hosts a wonderful site that included the Madam C.J. Walker collection and information on the Indiana Recorder the longest running African American newspaper in the state.
For more info, visit the Indiana History site.

Citation of sources is an important way to document those stories about events or people in the family.
Art Thomas introduced a great thread on Genealogy Wise, in the African Ancestored group about searching for those documents that are often spoken about. He cited the example of an ancestor said to have died while visiting a son in Cleveland. It turns out that the ancestor died while visiting a daughter in a different city. He found not only a death certificate, but an obituary published at the time of the ancestor’s death as evidence of where she died. Proper citation of facts is essential and should be done the right way.

These are some online resources that should assist all researchers in this process.
About Citing Sources
How to Cite Sources

Citing Sources in the National Archives
Source Citation: A Genealogist’s Best Friend

In the meantime, keep doing what you do—keep researching, keep documenting (and citing those sources) and keep sharing what you find!

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