This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back!
Today is Friday March 19, 2010
My name is Angela Walton-Raji and this is the African Roots Podcast.
You can always reach me at

Lots of things to share with you today.

March 27th will be a busy day in the greater Baltimore Washington Community:
1) Enoch Pratt Library—Timothy Pinnick will be giving a presentation at the Enoch Pratt Library at 10:30 am.

2) The Baltimore AAHGS (Agnes K. Callum chapter) is hosting a genealogy expo at the Northwood branch of the Enoch Pratt library.

3) Central MD chapter AAHGS is hosting a meeting in Columbia MD at the Owen Brown community center.

April 14-15th National Archives, Washington DC 6th Annual Genealogy Expo
April 14th 7 pm Lecture by Megan Smolenyak author of the companion book to the program Who Do you Think You Are

Join a group on the evening of March 19, 2010 in a special online chat and watch the program with other genealogists at the Afrigeneas Chat Center. This special viewing party hosted by will take place every evening during the run of the series.

Have you received your census form? Make a copy of the form before you mail it back. Save your descendants the 72 year wait. In addition, if you did not do so in 2000, then take the time to complete the long form and save it in your family records. (Be sure to make a notation that you completed the data in 2010). Also there may still be a chance to voice your concerns about the census images being saved. Follow the link provided on this site. Data Killers, a shredding and degaussing company, has a one-year contract to destroy on-site Census Bureau data.

If you have roots in Pittsburgh, there is news about a wonderful photo exhibition, the Teenie Harris collection. This man served as photographer for the Pittsburgh African American community for many years. About 300 images are online and help is requested to identify persons in the photos , to tell the story behind the photos. Take a look at the collection.

As mentioned before—a Carnival is going on! Well today is the first day of the Carnival of African American Genealogy. An online carnival is an event where those who have blogs agree to post something on their own respective websites, about a particular topic and it is shared to the wider audience on a specific date. Well the date is here and within the genealogical community something has taken place of interest to those whose ancestors were enslaved and those who researched the history of those who were enslaved.

The first Carnival of African American genealogy has arrived and how full it is. This emerged thanks to the pro-active efforts of Luckie Daniels host of OurGeorgiaRoots blog. She challenged the community to begin to share information long hidden of persons enslaved. She brought forth data from private collections to be shared, and now a collaboration of data between descendants of enslavers and descendants of enslaved is taking place to make the names known those those who descend from the enslaved.

This is great news and you are urged to visit two sites, OurGeorgiaRoots and A Friend of Friends. Both of theses are sites integral to this effort and Luckie Daniels, we, from the genealogy community salute you, and we thank you for your energy and the may the ancestors of us all continue to smile upon you.

For an overview of future events of this Carnival of African American Genealogy a detailed calendar has already unfolded and may it have a very long life, indeed.

Thanks for listening everyone. Let us all become a Friend of Friends and I ask you to keep doing what you are doing—keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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