This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! You can always reach me at

Join the members of the Central Maryland AAHGS for a presentation on Researching Slavery Era records. The presentation will be made by Aaron Dorsey, of Washington DC.

Some new databases and collections at Ancestry:

Fort Smith, Texas, Criminal Case Files, 1866-1900
This collection contains nearly 50,000 case files for defendants including notorious criminals like Belle Starr, Wyatt Earp and members of the Dalton Gang.

More slave records are acquired on Ancestry. The relationship with Footnote, should enhance this collection in a major way!

The University of West Alabama’s Division of Educational Outreach will offer genealogy workshops this spring through anc Continuing Education program. The series includes an introduction to genealogical methodology and resources, with emphasis placed on the unique aspects of African-American history and genealogy, and offer guidance in obtaining adequate documentation for presentations and publishing. This series will be directed by Frazine Taylor who used to work at the Alabama State Archives. The first session is March 5th. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Keep your eyes on the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis Indiana.

The EITELJORG Musuem is offering workshops of interest tO African American researchers Quintard Taylor speaks about blacks in the West, for the annual Leon Jett Memorial Lecture at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, featuring Dr. Quintard Taylor. Dr. Taylor will discuss “African Americans in the Shaping of the American West, 1528-1970.” Dr. Taylor’s visit is sponsored by the IUPUI’s Dept. of History; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Africana Studies Program; and the Indiana African American Genealogy Group. The Leon Jett Memorial Lecture is included with general museum admission. IUPUI students, faculty and staff; members of the museum and the IAAGG receive free admission.

Also note that a special exhibition, Red-Black Related through history will open at the Eiteljorg on February 12, 2011.

In May 2011, the Eiteljorg will feature Angela Walton-Raji, who will give a presentation on researching Blended Families. African-Native American families.

Of interest to people in Ohio:
Many Cleveland, Ohio Burial Records Now Available Online
The East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society has created an online burial index of all Cleveland-owned cemeteries. Approximately 70 volunteers from all over the country worked from home putting the index together after 359,000 records were imaged and placed onto CDs. About 40% of the digitized records are from the Highland Park cemetery. The others are records primarily from the west side of Cleveland.

The online records typically include not only when and where the deceased died, but also how the person died, how old they were when they died, where they lived, who the undertaker was, and the date they were buried.

You must visit the Proffit Historic District website! There is a wonderful collection on their website featuring the Letters of Kate Cole. Over two boxes filled with letters and other materials written by Kate Coles from as early as 1894 up to her death around 1943 are owned by the University of Virginia and housed in Alderman Library’s Special Collections Department. The letters of the woman born a slave in Abermarle County Virginia are fascinating as they provide a glimpse into her early life and the collection is quite amazing. I like it that the original letters are shown right beside a transcription of the letters. There are so many lessons to learn from this process. Read and enjoy!

Those of you in Atlanta take note—the papers of Andrew J. Young have been preserved and the collection is having a formal opening on Marc 6th at the Auburn Avenue Library.

Thanks for listening! Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!

One Response to “African Roots Podcast #94 January 21, 2011”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Angela Y.Walton-Raji, Lowcountry Africana. Lowcountry Africana said: RT @AYWalton: New databases, upcoming workshop and seminars, and special collections. Episode #94 […]

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