Internet sites are often sought when beginners start exploring family history. The challenge is where to turn to when researching African American ancestry. This webinar examines resources that provide guidance for the unique problems facing descendants of slaves. The webinar begins with a full introduction to Afrigeneas, the oldest continually operating African American genealogy website. From daily online chats and over 20 message boards, the visitor to this site finds a community of volunteers to provide assistance with their beginning research problems. Afrigeneas provides unique resources such as the slave database and a searchable archived message database that retrieves African American genealogical queries back to 1997. Popular subscription sites like Ancestry and Footnote are among useful sources for primary source documents such as emancipation records, service records of US Colored Troops and more. But free sites provide good resources like Cyndi's List and USGenweb which provide sound links to other African American sites and one extremely useful resource is found on the ever popular FamilySearch. AfriGeneas has also joined the genealogy blogging community. Blogs are continually surfacing reflecting personal research journeys, while weekly columns and podcasts provide advice for research challenges. In addition one can also find basic instructional videos for African American research as well. There are many options to be found online, and the African Ancestored researcher will have an abundance of resources to offer a hand in providing tips, suggestions, and instruction.
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. She is a published author, host of 3 blogs, in addition to a 10-year ongoing message board, 3 websites, and The African Roots Podcast.