This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast.
Today is Friday the 11th day of September, 2009
My names is Angela Walton-Raji
You can always reach me at

Genealogy events this month:
September 11-13, 2009 – Spokane, WA – Eastern Washington Genealogical Society – hosting the Washington State Annual Genealogy Conference.

12 September 2009
The 3rd Annual, Discover Your Roots – African American Family History Conference will be held Saturday, 12 September 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. This wonderful all-day conference is geared to help anyone interested in learning about their family history, whether you are just starting or an experienced researcher.

September 13th 2009 Essex Maryland—11th Annual Baltimore Family History and Genealogy Worshop. 8-4:00pm this promises to be an exciting day for history, workshops and lectures.

September 19, 2009
The Old Buncombe County Genealogy Society in Ashville NC will hold its annual genealogical workshop on Saturday, September 19, 2009, at its library in Asheville, NC. This year’s program is “Holdings of Interest to Genealogists in Area College and University Libraries”. The workshop will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with registration from 8:30 to 9:00. The cost is $10.00, which does not include lunch. Pre-registration is encouraged.

September 26, 2009 Washington DC-Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, a genealogy workshop, entitled. Blended Families: African & Native American families genealogy workshop. All workshops are free to the public. The presenter will be Angela Walton-Raji. (yes that’s me)

There are several Alaskan websites that I want you to see:
Alaska Digital Archives.
This site contains images, oral histories of the state, documents from before and after statehood, and materials from various libraries throughout the state.

There is an annual Juneteeth celebration in Alaska and there is also an active African American Historical Society in Anchorage and there has been for many decades a thriving black community. I also found a great link from Jesus Holy Temple, which is a strong black church with an interesting website in Anchorage.

For some very good suggestions on telling your family story visit the Reclaiming Kin blog hosted by Robyn Smith. In particular I urge you to look at her post from September 3rd where she asks the question “What were their lives like?” Her focus is to encourage readers to find the story that is contained in the many documents that we collect. Analyzed them using the norms of the day and put some real substance into the raw data that you collect. This is an excellent post and I urge you to read it.

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