This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and Welcome Back!
Today is Friday, October 9, 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji
This is the African Roots podcast.
You can always reach me at

Hello to friends in Chicago! Hope all is going well for the annual conference of the Chicago African American Genealogical and Historical Society, taking place today and tomorrow. More information is available about the conference on their site.

October 10, 2009 1-4:30
The California Genealogy Society hosts a special session for genealogy bloggers.
Genealogy Blogs – Why, How, Do’s and Don’ts with Thomas MacEntee and Craig Manson
A special afternoon workshop, that will be divided into three 1-hr seminars with 15 minute breaks. Topics are: How to Use a Blog, Building a Genealogy Blog, and Blogging and the Law
Sponsored by the California Genealogical Society and Library. Craig Manson is the presenter on the session Blogging and the Law where he will discuss copyright and privacy issues.

October 16-17, 2009 – Redding, California
Family History Expos is sponsoring their California Family History Expo, to be held at the Redding Convention Center, 747 Auditorium Drive. The hours are from 8 am to 6 pm, with registration opening at 7 am on Friday, October 16, 2009. Early: Bird registration for both days – ends August 24, 2009 is $65; Pre-registration for both days – ends October 10, 2009 is $75; At the door – $85. One-day cost at the door is $45.

October 17 Washington DC, National Archives
A Panel on Professional Genealogy
October meeting of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists
Claire Bettag, CG, Will White, CG, and Marie Melchiori, CG, will lead a discussion on issues related to Professional Genealogy. They will each share their thoughts and then open the floor to further discussion and questions. Topics may include: lecturing; writing; editing; balancing demands; networking; carving out research niches; organizing research; continuing education; expanding client base; marketing; certification / accreditation; and other challenges in the professional genealogical field.
2:00pm in room G24 at the National Archives in Washington D.C. No pre-registration is required.

24 October 2009 – Roswell, NM
The Wilson-Cobb History & Genealogy Research Library is sponsoring a seminar titled Genealogy “CSI”: Collecting, Selecting, Identifying Your Ancestors with J. Mark Lowe as the featured speaker.
His topics are: “Using the Internet for Genealogy and Research,” “Finding Your Landless Ancestors,” “Cemeteries as a Genealogical Resource,” and “Land Barons or Dirt Farmers: Finding Land Transactions.” For information, contact: Wilson-Cobb Research Library, PO Box 1216, Roswell, NM 88202, 575-622-3322,

October 29-31
Still time to register for the Black Genealogy Summit at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne Indiana. Now three days of workshop are planned.
Black Genealogy Summit. Ft. Wayne Indiana

An Update—

Last week I mentioned the issue in Sumter county Florida, about plans to relocate historic Pansoffkey cemetery so that land would be freed for developers. It appears that there has been a response from people around the country as well as in the local area. Some of you have responded by expressing your concerns with letters to the community newspaper and to the county officials and there is a hint that developers have reconsidered the plans to use the site. Continue to show your support and your interest in saving this burial site. Here are some very useful links about the story.

Much attention has been paid to the ancestry of First Lady Michelle Obama. The NY Times had an extensive article focusing on this history. More information can be found here:

There are lessons to be learned in the story, particularly for genealogists. One side of her ancestry had already been done. The fact is there are other lines in everyone’s ancestry, and more opportunity to gain even more data on the family line. This lesson in researching the other side is a good reminder to pursue the other lines, not often mentioned in family history and to keep doing what we do—keep researching.

Thanks for listening this week. Remember to keep doing what you do.
Keep researching,
Keep documenting
and keep sharing what you find!

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