Taking Back What Was Once Lost

Another Good Class: Angela Walton-Raji

I attended NGS a few weeks ago, and I can’t say enough about the need for genealogists to take as much training and expose themselves to as many different opportunities to learn as possible. They are all around us. Classes, genealogy groups, online chat rooms and discussion forums, professional genealogy journals and mass media genealogy magazines, blogs…there is just no excuse not to soak it all in. After 12 years, I’m still learning how to be better at this and don’t expect that to change.

Tonight I attended my friend Alice’s last genealogy class of the semester. She and I both teach non-credit genealogy classes at Howard Community Classes, and we always try to support one another. Alice is a great teacher.

bookTonight was a real treat because Angela Walton-Raji gave a lecture about Black-Native American Research. Angela is an expert in Black-Native American research and has been for some time. I bought her book, Black Indian Genealogy Research when it first came out years ago, and I didn’t realize there was an updated version out. So I’ve got to buy that. This book needs to be in every African-American genealogist’s library. She also has another website she has maintained for years, African-Native Genealogy and History.

Angela’s talk, of course, was informative and reinforced many thoughts I’ve had about my own family. I came away energized and enthused. Angela started an African Podcast awhile ago, and if you haven’t tuned in yet, you should make it a weekly habit.

Just another example of all the good stuff out there if you just poke your head out there and jump in.


  1. June 4, 2009    

    Ditto on all you say about Angela. She also heads the African-Native forum over at Afrigeneas.com. I have learned so much from her.

    • June 8, 2009    

      Thanks for your comment, Dera, and thanks for visiting me here;)

  2. June 8, 2009    

    Great post!

    Your advice is well taken. Family historians and genealogists should not get complacent with their learning. There’s so much more we can be taught.

    Angela Walton-Raji is one our best African Ancestored researcher and lecturers. I’m happy to know that her book has been updated. I’m planning to add it to my library!

    “Reclaiming Kin” is one of my NEW favorite blogs.

    “Guided by the Ancestors”

    • June 9, 2009    

      Thank you George! What an honor to have you say that–as you see, from the beginning your blog has been one of my favorites. Please continue to check in with me from time to time;)

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I blog, teach, write and lecture about family history research and it's just as rewarding today as it was when I began 18 years ago. This lifelong quest has helped me to better know my past and I've taken back--reclaimed- my kin and some of that lost memory.  

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Locations and Surnames

Hardin, Chester and Lawrence Counties, TN
Holt, Barnes, Harbour, Bradley Springer and Fendricks
Lawrence County, AL
Springer and Fendricks
Montgomery County, MD
Prather, Simpson
Somerset County, MD
Waters, Fountain, Curtis
Duval and Madison County, FL
Smith, Harris, Garner

Favorite Family History Quotes

"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
-William Faulkner

"Call it a clan, call it a network, all it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one"
- Jane Howard

"Friends are God's apologies for relations."
-Hugh Kingsmill

"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
-Elbert Hubbard

"Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts."

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well make it dance!"

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city;)"
-George Burns

"Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."
-Winston Churchill

"The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never ever introduce yourself to had life not done it for you."
-Kendall Hailey

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
-Thich Nhat Hanh