GeneaBloggers Radio – Episode 21
Friday, June 17, 2011
10pm-11:30pm Eastern US
9-10:30pm Central US
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7-8:30pm Pacific US
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A Juneteenth Celebration – Emancipation Records & Genealogy
Our special guests will include professional genealogist and lecturer Angela Walton-Raji of the African Roots Podcast, and professional genealogist Shelley Murphy to discuss various genealogy records and projects available to assist you in researching your African-American roots.
Angela Walton-Raji is an author, genealogist, lecturer and researcher. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Genealogical Society, Choctaw-Chickasaw Freedman’s Association, Poteau Valley Genealogical Association and PAAC-Preservation of African American Cemeteries.
Angela Y. Walton-Raji’s work in genealogy has made her widely accepted in the field. She was born in western Arkansas, and grew up on the Arkansas / Oklahoma border, in the city of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She attended St. Louis University, where she obtained a degree in Romance Languages, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Antioch University. Being an avid genealogist, Ms. Walton has researched her family history since 1975. In 1991, she located her family records among those of the Choctaw Nation, confirming a relationship often spoken about from family oral history. With this discovery, came the sudden knowledge that her great grandparents were African slaves of Choctaw Indians, and that her Walton ancestors were among several thousand Africans who were enslaved by Native Americans, including those who migrated west on the Trail of Tears.
She has actively studied these records of the former “Black Indian” slaves, and their children who were eventually given citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes–Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole Nations.
She has spoken nationally from New Hampshire to Seattle Washington, and has received a number of awards for her research. Her Civil War research has allowed her to participate in a number of institutes sponsored by the US Colored Troops Institute in Oneonta New York. She has recently assisted in documenting burials of Civil War soldiers in Western Arkansas, and has secured headstones honoring those soldiers. Their story is featured on www.arkansasfreedmen.com.
- African Roots Podcast
- My Ancestor’s Name
- The African-Native American Genealogy Homepage
- The African-Native American Genealogy Blog
- The USCT Chronicle
Shelley Murphy, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, daughter to Calvin and Verna (Worden) Murphy, proud mother of two adult children and sister to four brothers. Shelley has been an avid genealogist for nearly 25 years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines.
She presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local community college, state and national genealogy conferences. Murphy is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started” with genealogy research, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 15+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association.
Shelley attends local, state, and national conferences and currently works for a nonprofit as a Director of Program Services. She is a founding member and current President of the Afro-American Historical Genealogical Society Chapter of Central Virginia. Shelley holds memberships with local, national, state genealogy groups, various historical societies in the United States, including the National Genealogical Society and Association of Professional Genealogists and Central Virginia History Researchers. Shelley’s tagline is “Know your roots, they are long and strong.”
- Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner
- Central Virginia History Researchers
- Afro-American Historical Genealogical Society Chapter of Central Virginia
Thanks to Family Tree Magazine and ShopFamilyTree.com, we’ll be giving away copies of the Family Tree Magazine African-American Genealogy Guide Digital Download during the show! And don’t forget to use your special GeneaBloggers discount code for the ShopFamilyTree.com website: GBLOG and you’ll receive a special 15% discount!
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- Genealogy Blogging Events June 17-24, 2011
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