This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back!
Today is Friday December 4, 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji
And this is the African Roots Podcast!

You can reach me at

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday weekend!

Deadline has been extended for the Chicago African American Genealogical Society Heritage Book project. They are accepting submissions of up to 500 words and a black and white photo of your ancestor to be included in the Heritage Book. Read more about their submission guidelines.

The National Archives in Washington DC will host Annette Gordon Reed, author of the Heminges of Moticello, on December 16 at 7 pm. Books can be ordered for a discount in advance of the book signing. To reserve a copy phone 202-357-5271.

Have you considered attending a genealogy institute? These are week long workshops and the three major ones are listed here for you to put on your calendar.
Salt Lake Genealogy Institute
Samford Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research
National Institute of Genealogical Research

Conferences for 2010
National Genealogy Society Conference April 2010 Salt Lake City

California Jamboree Jun 11-13, 2010 Burbank, California

FGS Conference-Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference, Knoxville Tennessee August 18-21, 2010

Special attention should be paid to the energies coming from Chicago. One church pastor has taken genealogy to his church, another genealogist is teaching his passion to boy scouts, and one active genealogy has share her passion with her granddaughter. The great news is that the young people are grasping it. One delightful audio story is about McKenzie Donnen a 10 year old girl who strong identifies with her ancestor Fredonia. Her grandmother Patricia Bearden has taken the history of the family and made it come alive. Genealogist Tony Burroughs has developed a curriculum for the schools and they are now adding genealogy into their history classes.

There is much to learn from this model. Let us move genealogy beyond a mere hobby or private passion, and take it into the communities. The Chicago African American genealogy community is one to follow. They deserve to be congratulated and we can learn from them.

Thanks for listening to me, today. As always, continue to do what you do.
Keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

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