This session will explore methods of finding "The Indian in the Family history." Included will be 19th and 20th century records, special Indian rolls with "blended families" such as the Guion Miller Rolls and the Dawes Rolls. In addition, methods of finding and documenting Native Americans from the colonial era will also be presented.
About our Speaker
Angela Walton-Raji is known nationally for her research and work on Oklahoma Native American records. Her book on 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 AfriGeneas.com, 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.
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 a 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.
Beyond her public appearances, she is a published author, host of 3 blogs a 10 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.
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.