This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome to the African Roots Podcast
Today is April 24, 2009

The New England Regional Conference is underway in Manchester New Hampshire. Information on the speakers and events can be found“>here.

Researchers from the state of Georgia will enjoy looking at the documents found in the Virtual Vault. Among the great records to be found are photos of African American midwives. In addition are some early records from the 1800s and late 1700s. Information is located at:

Missouri State Archives offers a good number of presentations on video. The story of living historian Paxton J. Williams who depicts George W. Carver, can be found at:

The state of Delaware has placed some wonderful photos of the old “colored” schools on its website. Most of the images are from Kent County Delaware. They can be viewed at:
An unusual document from Delaware is Joseph Barker’s Negro Ledger. This reflects business transactions of Joseph Barker, a local merchant on Barker’s Landing, with black customers. The historic ledger was made between 1808-1811. It can be found at:
The Slavery Papers of Delaware will fascinate any historian interested in Delaware African American history. Manumissions, slave births and Petitions for Freedom are included in this collection, found at:

Next week, Olive Harvey College in Chicago is hosting the African American Genealogy Forum. Information is located at:

May 5th and May 16th the National Archives will host a series of lectures for genealogists. The Archives documents located on will be discussed on May 5th and on May 16th a presentation on getting past brick walls will be conducted. Both sessions will occur at the Washington DC location in room G24. Information is on the Archives website:

Information on genealogy fair in Ft. Lauderdale at the Sherman Library is located at:

Information on some of the works of historian and genealogist Dr. Agnes Kane Callum are locate at: Books can be ordered from her directly at

Thank you for listening to this week’s podcast.

Please join me next time and remember:
Keep researching
Keep documenting
And keep sharing what you find.

6 Responses to “African Roots Podcast #4 April 24, 2009”

  1. I enjoyed this Podcast. You give a great deal of tidbits, with names,topics and sources while you talk. I am certain these will spark interest to a genealogist looking for a certain topic.

    I look forward to your next podcast.

    North Carolina

  2. Thanks for listening Jack! I am inspired by people like you who toil endlessly for the love of what they do. Your cemetery preservation work is so impressive and I hope that many will learn more about YOUR work, and will see the need to preserve those neglected burial sites!

    Thanks for visiting and for listening!

  3. ProfessorDru says:

    I’ve enjoyed all of your podcast. For this week’s podcast, I plan to check out the photos on the Georgia website. I do not research Georgia, but I research southern midwives and would like to see the photos on that site of these women.

  4. Hello Dru,
    The photos are amazing and there are several of them. Like you, I don’t research Georgia, however, I was so fascinated to see them, and the images were so clear! I wonder if there was some kind of registry for midwives in Georgia at that time.

    Thanks for listening to the podcast!

  5. Hi Angela,
    I was so happy to see you last week at NARA – congratulations on this fabulous podcast! I’m spreading the word about it and will mention it in the Washington DC Family History Center newsletter – I am now one of the directors there. Best wishes for continued success!
    Carol Petranek

  6. Hello Carol,

    Indeed, it was a pleasure to see you again, also! I appreciate your visiting the podcast site, and I am thrilled that you enjoyed it. Another one will be up tomorrow.

    Congratulations on your position as director! I am sure that the Family History Center is in great shape! Please keep me informed of activities at the center, and I can announce them on the podcast.

    Warm regards,

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