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Friday, October 30, 2015

ARCHIVED: US Colored Troops with Angela Walton-Raji

Pam described this week's WACKY Wednesday hangout as "so informative and moving. Thank you,Thank you, thank you."  Thank-you to Angela for a thoughtful and informative discussion. Ol' Myrt here learned much about African American, Native American and slave owners in the southern states and US territories in the decades surrounding the US Civil War. This history was not taught in the schools of my youth. We talked about slave owning Native Americans, the Removal of the Five Civilized Tribes, and the African American experience as they walked on the road to freedom.

As promised here is the list of links provided by Angela and a bit more of her biography. (Browse all Civil War titles)

US National Park Service: Soldiers and Sailors Index (US Civil War)

US Colored Troops Blog URL:
Unique Articles from Blog about US Colored Troops: 

Ms. Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji is known nationally for her research and work on Oklahoma Native American records, US Colored Troops, and teaching beginners.  Her book Black Indian Genealogy Research is the only book of its kind focusing on the unique Freedmen Records found within the Dawes Records.  She also includes several chapters and documents in her book, focusing on the records that reflect Blended Families---African and Native American families in many households.

A founding member of, Ms. Walton-Raji is also a genealogist specializing in information for beginners, via daily and weekly online genealogy chats on AfriGeneas. As host of a weekly genealogy podcast, a number of instructional videos and as an expert consultant on video documentaries, Ms. Walton-Raji combines her skills as a genealogist with a warm on camera personality that brings comfort to her viewers through and her instructional videos on YouTube, while providing them with useful information.

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A researcher with national reputation, Ms. Walton-Raji’s talents have been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, for over a decade.  For over a decade, she was a featured speaker at a number of Smithsonian events, and she is the only genealogist in the nation, to present regular genealogy lectures at the National Museum of the American Indian, in both Washington DC and New York facilities.  She was awarded the honor of presenting a special series of genealogy lectures to coincide with the Smithsonian Exhibition IndiVisible that has been traveling throughout the nation. See: "An Ancestry of African-Native Americans:Using government documents, author Angela Walton-Raji traced her ancestors to the slaves owned by American Indians" Smithsonian Magazine , Feb 2010

Beyond her public appearances, she is a published author, host of 3 blogs a 12 year ongoing message board, 3 websites, and she hosts the only weekly podcast devoted to African American genealogy.  Her comfort with foreign languages and writing skills, make her well known and well respected in the genealogy community.

In the Spring of 2010, her work was featured in a in-depth interview with the Smithsonian magazine online.   She is an alumnus of the National Institute of Genealogical Research, Samford Genealogy Institute and is a member of the faculty of the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. She was also a presenter at Roots Tech 2015.

She is well traveled having traveled to Europe and African. Countries with which she is familiar include:  England, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Ghana, and Nigeria. She is speaks Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.

Ms. Walton-Raji currently lives in Maryland, She has spoken nationally since publishing her journal and book, about American genealogy, and history. She has conducted research for persons of black, white and American Indian backgrounds and has assisted families with the documentation of their immigrant ancestors as well.

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Previous presentations

Roots Tech 2015 Salt Lake City UT
AAHGS Regional Conference, Laurel MD
National Archives SE Branch Atlanta GA
Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock AR
Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, Burbank CA
Samford Institute Genealogical and Historical Research, Birmingham AL
Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, St. Louis MO

Prior to 2015:
Samford Institute Genealogical & Historical Research, Birmingham AL
Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, Birmingham AL
AAHGS National Conference, Nashville TN
Federation of Genealogical Societies, (FGS) Ft. Wayne IN
International Black Genealogy Summit, Salt Lake City UT
National Black Genealogy Summit, Ft. Wayne IN
Smithsonian Museum, NMAI, Washington DC
Smithsonian NMAI New York, New York
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

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