This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back! Today is Friday September 17, 2010. My name is Angela Walton-Raji and this is the African Roots Podcast. You can always reach me at

Well lots of events coming up from conferences, lectures, and developments.

September 17, New York City. Gustave Heye Center. Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Blended Families. Researching African-Native American Families. Speaker is Angela Walton-Raji

September 18, Atlanta GA  ANCESTRY DAY at the National Archives

September 24-25 Story Tellers Conference, Five Tribes Museum, Muskogee Oklahoma

October 7-10 National Conference: AAHGS. Univ of Maryland Conference Center.

November 12-13 Family History Expo, Duluth GA

This is a great time to be a part of the genealogical community. A year ago many of us got involved to be able to save a cemetery by passing the word and sending out messages to others regarding Pansoffkey cemetery an historic African American burial site about to be “relocated” for an industrial park project. Our responses brought about a change in those plans and the burial site has been saved.

Many of us are now involved in a major indexing project underway to bring forth the names of thousands of slaves. Estate records covering the years 1830-1860 have been placed on Footnote and because of a collaborative with the SC State Archives and Low Country Africana these records have been digitized. But—they needed to be indexed. Well you have answered the call. The genealogy community has responded, the blogging community has joined the effort and the word is now out there for others to assist. We have asked for a minimum of 10 pages to be indexed and some have responded generously that they have not stopped at the 10 pages—they have indexed 50, 60, 70 pages.

The blog for the project is Restore the Ancestors and there is just so much to see and to appreciate there.  So many have responded, from George Geder, Thomas Macantee of GeneaBloggers and others.

Thank you all—the ancestors are smiling down upon you for this work. What a wonderful community we are!!

Today there several hundred Afr. American leaders will be going to visit young people in schools to share their wisdom and skills with students. This is part of the ongoing Oral History project called the History Makers There is an excellent website reflecting well known and lesser known leaders who have made history in so many disciplines. National Public Radio featured wonderful interview with Julianna Richardson the founder and executive director, describing the project and what the leaders will be doing as they visit the schools.

This kind of program is exciting and many communities are stepping up and recording their own local histories as well.

Well—-once again, thanks for listening.

But please keep doing what you do.
Keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find!

2 Responses to “African Roots Podcast #77 September 17, 2010”

  1. Vicky Daviss Mitchell says:

    Thanks for the reminders Angela. Any West Coast Conferences coming up in the near future?

  2. We are thrilled to have you as a speaker at the Atlanta Family History Expo. It will be a wonderful event.

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