This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back. Today is Friday August 6, 2010. My name is Angela Walton-Raji and this is the African Roots Podcast. You can always reach me at

BAAGSG Meeting — Tracing Slave Ancestors
The Birmingham African American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome! This event takes place on August 8th, at 3pm.

Midwestern Roots Conference: Special hello to our friends who are attending the Midwestern Roots conference in Indianapolis IN. I hope you all have a great time, this weekend.

August 7th
Afr. American Civil War Memorial & Museum, Washington DC. First Saturday Descendant’s Day program. 11:00 AM: Our morning presenter is Laura Lanier of West Point,NY. Ms. Lanier is the descendant of Benjamin Thompson of the 82nd United States Colored Troops. The regiment was organized on September 1, 1863 at Port Hudson, Louisiana as the 10thRegiment Corps de Afrique. It was redesignated as the 82nd USCT on April 4, 1864. The regiment fought in numerous engagements in Florida and Alabama in 1864 and 1865.

1:00 PM: The afternoon presenters are Frank Carl of New York, NY and Gilbert McDonald of Odenton, MD. Mr. Carl and Mr.McDonald are the descendants of David Carl of the 26th United States Colored Troops. The regiment was organized at Riker’s Island, New York Harbor, February 27, 1864. The regiment was deployed to South Carolina in April 1864. There it saw action in 1864 and 1865.

Baltimore Agnes Kane Callum chapter of AAHGS is hosting it’s monthly meeting. This will be the annual Brick Walls session. A great opportunity to get some help on those areas that have you stalled in your research. The chapters meets at Enoch Pratt Library on Cold Spring and Loch Raven Blvd from 10:30 – 1:00 pm.

Speaking of Civil War—-are you preparing for the Sequiscentennial of the beginning of the Civil War? I urge you to start planning now on how you will honor your own ancestors by celebrating their participation in the Civil War.

African Ancestry—the DNA company is on the road! From New Orleans to New England African Ancestry is traveling. They began in New Orleans last week and will end the tour in New England—in Boston. This week they are in Charlotte and Raleigh North Carolina, and next week they are on to Virginia, Washington DC, and Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. Even better new is that the cost of the DNA test has been reduced to a special price, so take a look at the website that I have posted for you.

I want to suggest that you look at some sites that are not “new” but that might be new to you. If you read Family Tree Magazine, it might interest you to note that they have a blog. In fact it’s a great way to keep up with things that are new, and to take advantage of a number of their webinars and current offers. There is a sweeptakes underway where you can win some interesting prizes including a shopping spree for some of their products and so much more.

How are you sharing your information? Consider putting out some useful information by adding documents to a family group on Facebook. There are also wonderful sites to upload images, such as Flickr, Picasa and others. Get out there and share what you have. I also want to encourage you all again and again—consider creating a blog of your own. With sites like Blogger, you can easily create a blog in less than 10 minutes. Become a part of a wider genealogical community. Connect and share your own history and research!

Well thanks for listening this week. I appreciate you for being there, and for hearing from you. Drop me a line at

And as I always say, keep doing what you do. Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

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