This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and Welcome Back!
Today is Friday April 16, 2010
My name is Angela Walton-Raji and this is the African Roots Podcast!

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How is everyone today? Hope that you are doing well in the middle of this springtime season.

Lots of workshops are going on. I had the chance to attend the 6th Annual Genealogy Fair this week at the National Archives. There were lots of events for people on all levels. Representatives from AAHGS,, Footnote and others were all present and the event proved to be an excellent one with good turnout.

A number of upcoming events from Salt Lake City, to Arkansas are coming up. The NGS Conference will be underway soon and this past week, news about an event in Little Rock was recently shared with me. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and are sponsoring a two day event on African American genealogy, in Little Rock Arkansas. This will take place on May 14th and 15th and will feature Tony Burroughs noted genealogy speaker as well as Lisa Arnold from Ancestry. This will be a great chance for many to learn about the usage of the African American filter, and also how to use the Wild-Card search when conducting searches on

There is some good news for Virginia researchers. For Culpepper County Virginia, the records of the chancery court have been digitized. There is a lot of good information about researching the histories of families that were possibly enslaved. A number of will were posted which also include the names of slaves that were mentioned when estates were settled. From the website it states that Henry Menefee’s list of slaves was more than 100 pages filling several columns on a long sheet or paper.

Also included on the LVS site is a set of co-habitation records. Among those are slaves from Augusta county who were children whose parents were no longer cohabitating but who were recognized by the children as being the children of their fathers. Also included for the same county were records of married couples. This entry was more than 30 pages long.

Best wishes are extended to the people of Washington DC as they celebrate Emancipation Day. In 1862 April 16, was declared as Emancipation and slaves in the District of Columbia were legally freed from bondage. This day was celebrated for many years, and it is stated by historians that this was among the first acts to begin to dismantle the legal institution of slavery in America. A number of events celebrated today and for the remainder of the month are planned. It provided for immediate emancipation, compensation to former owners who were loyal to the Union of up to $300 for each freed slave, voluntary colonization of former slaves to locations outside the United States, and payments of up to $100 for each person choosing emigration.

This week I posted something on my blog My Ancestors’s Name about a series of books I have in my possession that reflected a tiny black community in Drumright Oklahoma. I discussed the need to look at unusual records or sets of records that come from an unexpected source. As I was posting on the blog I took note of the fact that part of an entire community was documented in this book for school children. Drumright Oklahoma was not a black town, and in fact the population probably never exceeded 200 for the black families who lived there. But the fact that there were so many photos makes the need to document the history of this tiny community even more important. The blog post is found here.
Sometimes those opportunities to study an entire community come to us in expected ways, and I realized upon close examination that there is so much more to tell about the few families documented in this text. This an opportunity and one in which I shall put some time to follow up on, for this is history long lost, but hopefully that shall not be forgotten.

Thanks for listening this week, and please keep doing what you do, keep sharing, keep documenting, and please keep sharing what you find.

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