This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back!
My name is Angela Walton-Raji and this is the African Roots Podcast!
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Hello everyone!

Hope you are all having a great summer!
I have a number of events and workshops to share with you, so let’s get started!

For those with ties to the West Indies—the National Archives in Washington DC will host a workshop on methods of researching with Federal records, your ancestors who migrated to this country. Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 11:00 am. The session is called “Caribbean Immigrants: Using Federal Records to Locate Ancestors from theWest Indies, 1890-1930.” More info is on the Archives website.

August is going to be a busy month!

In Baltimore the annual “Brick Walls” session of the Agnes Callum Chapter of AAHGS will take place. This is a chance to bring your problems and get help with solving them.

And on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 11:00 am. The National Archives will present their monthly program entitled “Introduction to Genealogy.” Staff archivists will present the lecture on basic genealogical research and techniques. Additional details can be found at

By the way there is time for you to order your copy of the Chicago Afr. American Genealogy Society Heritage Book. They have published a hard bound copy of probably the only all African American Heritage Book which will reflect families from many parts of the country including the south.  Their order form is now available.

August 6-7
Midwestern Roots 2010 conference, in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are several workshops that will interest the African-American Genealogist. Shamele Jordon will be presenting 3 interesting sessions, and for those who are just beginning—these will be great sessions 1) I’ve Traced My Family Back to 1870, Now What? 2) Researching United States Colored Troops 3) Freedmen’s Bureau Research Strategies Shamele Jordon S-33

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 10:00 am. The Library of Congress will sponsor an orientation class
entitled “Resources for Genealogical Research at The Library of Congress.” This is their monthly orientation class and is well worth taking the time to learn about the resources there. The class will meet in room
LJ G42 of the Jefferson Building. Advance registration is required. Call 202-707-5537, register in the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, or go to

Well—it’s time for the FGS conference! That’s right—the Federation of Genealogical Societies will hold its annual conference this year in Knoxville Tennessee. It takes place this year August 18-21 in downtown Knoxville.

There are a good number of workshops at the FGS Conference that will interest African American researchers.

Elizabeth Shown Mills: Poor? Female? Black? Slave? Southern Research Strategies
Russell P. Baker The Five Civilized Tribes of the South and Their Genealogical Records
John Baker Jr. American Families: Using Manuscripts and Special Collections
James M. Rose Tracing Your Family Roots: Utilizing the WPA Slave Narratives with Connections to Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas and Missouri
James M. Rose African-American Genealogical Methodology

James Dent Walker Lecture: John Baker Jr. Connecting Land and People: Using Farm Records to Illuminate Slave Families ~James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture

I hope you are able to take advantage of some of these workshops and learn some new strategies. I also hope that you will consider mentoring others who are just beginning. We have newcomers all the time and the chance to assist another is always there. Become an active member of the genealogical community.

Join us on Twitter, Facebook, Genealogy Wise, and of course AfriGeneas, as well.

In the meantime—thank you for being there and thank you for listening. Please keep doing what you do—
keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

See you next time.

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