African Roots Podcast-Angela Walton-Raji

cOvdvr3L_400x400 How do you keep up with the goings on in the genealogy world? Well one of the things I do is tune in to Angela’s podcast ( ). I had the pleasure of being on a panel with her, Bernice Bennett and Janis Minor Forte. She is an amazing woman with high integrity and dynamic research abilities. I am humbled to work with her. I believe she is one of the few that hear the whispers. We presented at the fabulous Rootstech conference in Salt Lake City sponsored by Family Search. Over 25,000 were in attendence. Our discussion was on the “Online Resources for African American Genealogy”. You can view Angela’s bio on any of her sites listed. Angela is also part of #BlackProGen and a Coordinator and Instructor for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute called MAAGI ( Visit the MAAGI website, Angela’s oversees the Writing Track.

The African Roots Podcast is one of my favorite weekly spots linked to genealogy. Angela provides her podcast every Friday and it ( is different each week! She shares a host of information such as upcoming conferences, activities, resources, and news in the genealogy world. You can also see the links to her blogs on the side panels of the pages This week she shared information about Rootstech and the upcoming Black History Conference in Laurel MD (she is the keynote), and the free access to Fold3 due to this being Black History month. There is much, much more to hear, so tune in and enjoy!

For those of you in the Charlottesville, Virginia area on March 5, Angela and I (familytreegirl) will be presenting at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center ( Visit the website to view this school, it is amazing what has been done to preserve the school. Angela will be presenting on the “Mapping the Freedmen Bureau” website ( and I will be presenting on the Challenges when dealing with African American ancestry.

Here are links to view some of Angela’s work:


Know your Roots, they are Long and Strong!

About familytreegirl

Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl”, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, Shelley has been an avid genealogist for over 25+ years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. She is a Coordinator and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local community college, state and national genealogy conferences. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and works as an adjunct professor for Averett University. Murphy is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started” Methods and Strategies for genealogy research, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. She is an instructor for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Adjunct Professor, Professional Genealogist. Volunteers for American Red Cross as a Disaster Services Instructor, facilitates financial education workshops for the last 8 years, and former licensed Real Estate Broker
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