Resumé of:

Angela Y. Walton-Raji, Author, Genealogist, Historian

Catonsville MD

AngelaW859@aol.com

 

Genealogical Research and Experience

Oklahoma Freedmen Genealogical Research 1991-Present. Specialized in Freedmen from the Five Nations of Oklahoma (Five Civilized Tribes) Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole Nations.

Civil War of the Trans-Mississippi West. Research pertaining to the U.S. Colored Troops (USCTs) of Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, and the Indian Home Guards of Kansas and Indian Territory. Have documented over 100 soldiers and the histories of the regiments, and succeeded in marking the graves of USCTs of NW Arkansas.

General Genealogical Research 1975 - 1990 Interviewed elders, made traditional  recordings and                documentation of family research data of parents and elders primarily  from Arkansas and Tennessee.

Genealogy Forum America On-Line 1994-2003 Genealogy Forum Specialist in African American and Native American weekly chats or Special Interest groups. Served as manager, trainer and moderator of a team of 7 hosts.

            African American Genealogy (Online Hosting Experience)

Prodigy- Genealogical Contributor 1992-1993 Became a special contributor on Prodigy assisting the genealogical bulletin board community.

African-Native Circle Serve as host for the only African-Native American historical and genealogical online chat.    

AfriGeneas. African Ancestored Genealogy Website Co-founder of this first and groundbreaking website for African American researchers, which grew from an online BBS system, to a series of weekly chats on AOL, to its own identity now at AfriGeneas.com   Serve as host for weekly ongoing chat on African American genealogy and the only chat pertaining to African-Native Genealogy and history in the country.

Also  currently serve as owner and moderator of the AfriGeneas based    African-Native American Message board. 

Specialization in Black Indian Records

Tribal records: Have developed special skill with records pertaining to the Freedmen of the Five Tribes, including, Dawes Records, Kern Clifton Rolls,  Wallace Rolls, Dunn Rolls.

Indian Military Records: Developed expertise working with the records of  Black and Indians soldiers of the Indian Home Guards, and US Colored Troops.

Transcription: Have compiled unique study of districts within the Choctaw Nation, prior to Oklahoma Statehood.

Cemetery Preservation: Have co-transcribed several African-Native American cemeteries in Eastern Oklahoma, along with noted Arkansas researcher, Tonia Holleman 

Distinctions and Awards

2006 Video Presentation- Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc., Annual Conference, Salt Lake City. “Beyond the Dawes Rolls. Black Indian Genealogy West of the Mississippi" Presentation  featured on the new African American Resource Page produced by FamilySearch.org, the official website of the Latter Day Saint, Salt Lake City, Utah  Video

National Endowment for the Humanities: My History is America’s History 2000 Was selected to be a part of an initiative sponsored by the NEH and the White House Millenium Council. The unique research into the history and documentation of the Walton family in documented among the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes was one of 8 families documented in this project. The story was also featured in Parade Magazine in November 1999 to launch the initiative.

Dartmouth College: Eating from the Same Pot, an African-Native American Cultural Symposium, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire April 2000 Was invited as a guest speaker of the first cultural symposium at Dartmouth College on the history and culture of African and Native American peoples.  Workshop at this symposium was the only selected workshop on research methods for documenting African and Native American family history.

“Black Indians an American Story” by Rich Heape Films 2000 Was the only genealogist                interviewed by the award winning video documentary  producers Steve Heave and Chip Richie.

Workshops and Institutes Attended:     

National Institute of Genealogical Research 1995  An intensive week long  institute  focusing lesser known records at the National Archives in Washington, DC

Federation of Genealogical Societies: Attended workshops and symposiums in Jacksonville FL, Richmond VA, Cincinnati, OH.

National Genealogy Society Conferences: Richmond VA, Nashville   TN. Valley Forge PA

           African American Historical & Genealogical Society  Have attended a number of genealogical workshops throughout the 1990s through 2005.

National Presentations         

2006     Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah , African American Historical  & Genealogical Society.  “Beyond the Dawes Rolls. Black Indian Genealogy East of the Mississippi” &  “African-Native Ancestry of Indian Territory” October 28, 2006

  National Archives, Washington DC, African American Genealogy Symposium,“African-Native American Ancestry.”  September 16, 2006

  Smithsonian Insitution, Anacostia Libray, Washington, DC  Black Towns of Oklahoma,” March 2006

Smithsonian Institution, Anacostia Library, Washington DC. “Researching Black Indian Genealogy and History.” April 2006

 

2005      U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Native American History Month Celebration. Researching African-Native American Family History November 2005

Church of Latter Day Saints, African American Family History Conference, Kensington,  Maryland, February 2005 "Beginning African American Family History"

Shifting Borders of Race & Identity, Kansas University & Haskell Indian Nations.  March 2005

 

2004    African American Historical & Genealogical Society, Annual Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas. "African-Native American Family Research" October 2004

  Church of Latter Day Saints, African American Family History Conference, Kensington,  Maryland, February 2004

 

2003    Federation of Genealogical Societies, Orlando Florida  Annual Conference September 2  "Researching African-Native American Family History"  "Beginning Native American Family Genealogy"

 

2002 Baltimore Chapter, African American Genealogical Society Annual Conference. "Black Indian Genealogy Research."

 

2001  African American Historical & Genealogical Society, Annual Conference, Washington, DC 2001

 

2000  Florida Librarian Association Annual Conference, Tampa Florida, 2000  Black & Indian Genealogical Records

Dartmouth College, Hanover New Hampshire. Eating From the Same Pot. The first national cross-cultural symposium.                      

 Additional workshops presented from 1994 to present time.

 

Publications           

Black Indian Genealogy Research. African Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes Heritage Books, Bowie Maryland 1993

The Choctaw Freedmen. The Story of Oak Hill Academy. Heritage Books, Bowie, Maryland  1914 text by Robert Flickinger.

Frontier Freedman’s Journal. An African American Genealogy Journal of the South, Indian Territory and the West. Angela Walton Raji, publisher Catonsville Maryland 1992-1997

Freedom’s Spirit. An African American Genealogy Journal of Arkansas Angela Walton-Raji, publisher, Catonsville Maryland, 2003-present

Black Chronicle of Northwest Arkansas. A Black Genealogy journal of NW Arkansas history. Walton & Holleman, publishers, Van Buren, Arkansas, 2004-present

  Voices of Indian Territory, a scholarly journal presenting stories and voices of the Freedmen of Indian Territory. 2005-present

 

On Air/On Camera Experience  

Have been a guest on a number of radio talk shows and television programs. Programs include:

LDS African American Video Production: "Beyond the Dawes Rolls. Black Indian Genealogy East of the Mississippi."  2006

WHUT-TV“Evening Exchange” a  public television program in Washington DC in 2000, hosted by Kojo Nnamdi          

                         KUAF-FM 2002 (Fayetteville Arkansas.) Ozarks at Large, Jackie Froelich, host

                         RichHeape Films: Black Indians an American Story (narrated by James Earl Jones) 

Memberships  

                        Association of Professional Genealogists 

                        African-American Historical & Genealogical Society, National Chapter

                        African-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Arkansas Chapter

                        Oklahoma Historical Society

                        Oklahoma Cemetery Preservation Association

                                             

Websites  

The African-Native American Genealogy Website, Owner and Developer

                        Arkansas Freedmen of the Frontier Website Owner and developer                

Education:

            St. Louis University 1973, B.A.  Romance Languages

            Antioch University 1979, M.Ed. Education Administration

  Professional Experience:

            University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) 1990-Present

           Director, Graduate School Recruitment

Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, and Medford Campuses

            1986-1990 Recruiter, Nutrition Researcher Center on Aging, Boston

            1980-1886 Asst. Director, Undergraduate Admissions, Medford          

 

            Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 1978-1980

            Asst. Director, Undergraduate Admissions.