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Angela Y Walton-Raji

Portrait of Angela Y Walton-Raji
Lecturer: Course 9

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 record set 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. In the 1990s she was a featured speaker at a number of Smithsonian events, and for this past year (2009-2010) she was the only genealogist in the nation to present regular genealogy lectures at the National Museum of the American Indian, in both the 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 officially launched in November 2009 and is now 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 language and skills in writing make her well known and well respected in the genealogy community.

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