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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, April 15, 2011


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Friday, April 15, 2011
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Family History and the American Civil War

Join us for another episode of GeneaBloggers Radio on Friday, April 15, 2011 starting at 10pm Eastern, 9pm central, 8pm Mountain and 7pm Pacific when this week we’ll be discussing the American Civil War and genealogy.


Our special guests will include Michael J. Varhola, author of Life in Civil War America; photograph expert Maureen Taylor, author of Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album; and genealogist and blogger Angela Walton-Raji of The USCT Chronicle who will discuss the United States Colored Troops.


Michael Varhola

Michael J. Varhola

Michael J. Varhola is a freelance journalist, public speaker, author or co-author of numerous books and innumerable articles, publisher of several publications, and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He currently serves as publisher of Skirmisher Publishing LLC and editor-in-chief of Skirmisher Online Gaming Magazine.

History books Varhola has authored or co-authored include Everyday Life During the Civil War (Writer’s Digest 2000), Fire & Ice: The Korean War, 1950-1953 (Savas Publishing, 2000), D-Day: June 6, 1944 (Savas Publishing, 2000, with Randy Holderfield), Shipwrecks and Lost Treasure of the Great Lakes (Globe Pequot Press, 2007), and Ghosthunting Virginia (Clerisy Press, 2008).

In addition to writing, Varhola regularly speaks or gives presentations on his areas of specialization, particularly ghosthunting, the U.S. Civil War, shipwrecks, wargaming, and publishing.


Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor is an internationally known expert on photo identification who works with individuals to solve their picture mysteries and reveal the stories present in their photographs. Her expertise bridges the disciplines of genealogy, art history, costume history and cultural anthropology. She travels extensively giving presentations on photo identification, photo preservation, and family history. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s The View, and NPR.


Angela Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji is an author, genealogist, lecturer and researcher. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Genealogical Society, Choctaw-Chickasaw Freedman’s Association, Poteau Valley Genealogical Association and PAAC-Preservation of African American Cemeteries.

Angela Y. Walton-Raji’s work in genealogy has made her widely accepted in the field. She was born in western Arkansas, and grew up on the Arkansas / Oklahoma border, in the city of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She attended St. Louis University, where she obtained a degree in Romance Languages, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Antioch University. Being an avid genealogist, Ms. Walton has researched her family history since 1975. In 1991, she located her family records among those of the Choctaw Nation, confirming a relationship often spoken about from family oral history. With this discovery, came the sudden knowledge that her great grandparents were African slaves of Choctaw Indians, and that her Walton ancestors were among several thousand Africans who were enslaved by Native Americans, including those who migrated west on the Trail of Tears.

She has actively studied these records of the former “Black Indian” slaves, and their children who were eventually given citizenship in the Five Civilized Tribes–Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole Nations.

She has spoken nationally from New Hampshire to Seattle Washington, and has received a number of awards for her research. Her Civil War research has allowed her to participate in a number of institutes sponsored by the US Colored Troops Institute in Oneonta New York. She has recently assisted in documenting burials of Civil War soldiers in Western Arkansas, and has secured headstones honoring those soldiers. Their story is featured on


Special Door Prize!

We’ll be giving away a copy of Life in Civil War America courtesy of Family Tree Magazine and F+W Media.

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Disclosure statement: I have written several articles for Family Tree Magazine for which I have been compensated; I was recently a member of the Family Tree 40 Panel which assisted in selecting the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs for Family Tree Magazine; and I use affiliate links to sell Family Tree Magazine-related products.To review the other material connections I have with genealogy vendors, please see Disclosure Statements.

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3 thoughts on “GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, April 15, 2011

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