This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back! Today is Friday July 2, 2010.
My name is Angela Walton-Raji and this is the African Roots Podcast! You can always reach me at

Good to be back after a long weekend away out west in Nevada for a family reunion. There were lots of cousins and chances to take photos, relive old memories and make new memories.

Lots of things are going on. One I am happy to share right away—which is the Estate Database project coming out of Lancaster County Virginia. This is an amazing site with data on over 3000 slaves. For those with Lancaster Virginia roots—-note that this database covers 30 years of data—from 1835 – 1865. It is fascinating and worth exploring!

Events and Lectures
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 11:00 am. The National Archives will present a program entitled “Introduction to Genealogy.” Staff archivists will present the lecture on basic genealogical research and techniques. This is an ongoing project and worth attending to get a good overview of how to use the records at the National Archives.

Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 10:30 am. The Baltimore’s Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society/Agnes Kane Callum Chapter will present a program entitled “Historical and/or Genealogical Websites.” The program will be at the Enoch Pratt Free Library – Northwood Branch, 4420 Loch Raven in east Baltimore.

Coming up on Sunday, July 11, 2010 – Friday, July 16, 2010: The National Institute on Genealogical Research will hold its annual conference in Washington, DC at the National Archives.  I attended this institute several years ago and it is a great program and introduction to resources at both Archives I & II.

From Augusta Georgia:

Noon, 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. July 10
Voices of the Past—an interesting series of monologues coming out of Augusta Georgia. What caught my eye was a program called, The Other Tubmans—that tells a story that explains the connection between local Tubman slaves freed in the 1830’s and William Tubman, who served as Liberia, Africa’s president from 1944-1971. Voices of the Past is a series of character monologues presented in museum theater format that brings to life the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people. Free for members or with regular Museum admission. Where : Augusta Museum of History , 560 Reynolds Street, Augusta, Georgia. Contact : For more information call 706-722-8454.

Linda Aaron, archivist and conservator, will share her expertise in ” How to Take Care of Your Paper and Photographic Heirlooms .” Co-sponsored by theClarke-Oconee Genealogical Society and the University of Georgia Libraries. Where : Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 3rd Floor, Main Library, 320 S. Jackson Street, University of Georgia When : 2 p.m.

African American Family History Research Interest Group The African-American Family History Research Interest Group explores issues in African American Family History research. The group is co-sponsored by the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society (COGS) and the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room. For more information, contact Mae Castenell at or call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650, ext. 350.

July 14
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 10:00 am. The Library of Congress will sponsor an orientation class entitled
“Resources for Genealogical Research at The Library of Congress.” The class will meet in room LJ G42 of
the Jefferson Building. All participants must have a Reader Registration Card. You must bring a picture I.D. to obtain the card. The card must be obtained prior to the class and can be obtained in room LM 140 of theMadison Building. Advance registration is required. Call 202-707-5537, register in the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, or go to

Wednesday, July 21, at 11 a.m., National Archives Room G-24, Research Center
Caribbean Immigrants: Using Federal Records to Locate Ancestors from the West Indies, 1890–1930 Archives staff teach “beyond the basic” archival research skills for genealogists on the third Wednesday of the month. This month’s topic of interest will be on using Federal records to locate ancestors from the West Indies.

July 12, 2010
The “Research Orientation to the Library of Congress” course is designed as a basic introduction for researchers using the Library of Congress collections and resources. Each session includes an introduction to the Library’s reading rooms and collections; guidelines on how to locate and request materials in a closed-stack library. The Library of Congress is the nation’s library and we often forget what a wonderful genealogical resource this place can be. If you have a chance, do take one of their orientation sessions.

Vote on the National Archives New Design
The National Archives in Washington DC is about to change their design. I use their site often and there is lot to see on their site. They will be tabulating votes submitted next week both online and in person, on the new look. Take a look at the New Design Ideas. Cast your vote and participate!

Summer is a good time to go through all of your old photos and documents and decide how to back them up. There are wonderful resources like Fileden for large files, but also photo sites such as Picasa, Flikr which provide great sites to store digital images. I have a portable hard drive, but in the event of an emergency it is a good idea to have the images stored in an additional place as well. This is a good time to make an inventory of what you have and to sort through the many items.

Well as usual, time has quickly flown by. I appreciate you for being there, and thank you for listening.

Have a great 4th of July weekend—-celebrate the nation’s birthday! Have a cookout, enjoy the fireworks and stay safe!

In the meantime, please keep doing what you do.
Keep researching, keep documenting and please keep sharing what you find.

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