This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast.
Today is Friday September 4, 2009
My names is Angela Walton-Raji
You can always reach me at

Hello everyone and greetings to everyone in Little Rock Arkansas attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference. On the banks of the beautiful Arkansas River a warm hello!
I had hoped to be there, but schedule conflicts prevented my traveling this year, but I look forward to joining you next year in Knoxville TN.

The Arkansas AAHGS Chapter is hosting a luncheon and I want to extend a friendly and warm greeting to them, today as well. I have enjoyed reading blogs that are being posted from the conference, and wanted to send out a shout to Timothy Pinnick, Deborah Abbot and many more.

Upcoming Events:

September 11-13, 2009 – Spokane, WA – Eastern Washington Genealogical Society – hosting the Washington State Annual Genealogy Conference.
The event begins on Friday evening with a full day’s program on Saturday. A special feature will be two presentations by Megan Smolenyak of Roots Televsion, Also of interest at that event will be a session for African American researchers, entitled Black Research in the Pacific Northwest.
This is an all day event on Saturday from 8:15-5:15.
Sunday morning will consist of a special session:

Registration is open for Advanced African American Genealogy Class at Howard County Community College:
September 15-October 20. It will be on Tuesday nights from 7-9 pm.

This class is geared especially for the intermediate or advanced African American genealogist, those who have worked past the beginning stages of census and vital records. If you have been working on your family history for awhile and are interested in learning more advanced techniques of analysis and methodology you will find this course ideal. Taught by Robyn Smith, a professional genealogist who has been researching her family and others for twelve years. Explore a deeper level of methodology and resources with an emphasis on your own personal research. Case studies are utilized so bring your existing family history research neatly organized to each class. Topics covered include brick wall strategies, slave research, source citations, analyzing conflicting evidence, cluster research, inferential genealogy and advanced record types. This is a fun class but lots of work, so come prepared to dig deeper into your family history! The course will meet at Gateway Campus.
The cost of the course is $89. To Register visit the Howard Community College click on the link above.

Saturday, September 26, 2009, 1–2:30 p.m.
Blended Families: Tracing African-Native American Genealogy
Resource Center, Third LevelAngela Y. Walton-Raji facilitates a public genealogy workshop presented in conjunction with the exhibition IndiVisible.

IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 4–6:30 p.m.
Designed to accompany the traveling Smithsonian exhibit of the same name, IndiVisible is a workshop that explores the complicated and connected historical experiences of African Americans and Native Americans. For more information, please visit the Education Department’s Teacher Programs webpage, available through the museum’s website at

TODAY—-I want to express my own admiration for those individuals who have stepped outside of the box and who are talking taking their talents to a new level. I am referring to those who are taking their skill set and who have found their own niche by defining who they are as researchers and who have taken on something unique. Special hats off to Lisa Lee of northern California. This seasoned genealogist has been doing something for the past 2 years that you need to know about.

There is a website that you need to know about—-
This site is a refreshing excursion into genealogical skills and projects and is the brainchild of Lisa Lee.

I love the site because she involves you, the researcher and challenges you to think. Every issue that she has published—-monthly mind you since January 2008 is rich and full. They will make you think, they will inform you, they will take you to some new websites that you may be unfamiliar, and they will be entertaining as well. I want to point out that there are 20 newsletters that have been published so far and I am eagerly awaiting her 21st. Download each past issue and embark on a wonderful genealogical journey and learn from the teachings of Lisa Lee.

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

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