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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, February 17, 2012


GeneaBloggers Radio Episode 55

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor: 19th Century US Immigration

Friday, February 17, 2012
9pm-10:30pm Eastern US
8-9:30pm Central US
7-8:30pm Mountain US
6-7:30pm Pacific US
2am London UK
1pm Saturday Sydney AUS

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This week our show is entitled Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor: 19th Century US Immigration with special host Ol ‘Myrt of DearMYRTLE. Our special guests will include: Marian Smith, Chief of the Historical Research Branch of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); Audrey Collins, Blogger and Family Historian at The National Archives (UK); and Angela Walton-Raji, genealogist and host of the African Roots Podcast.

Special Host



DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson who has been writing genealogy columns on and off the net since 1995. She is the author of DearMYRTLE’s Joy of Genealogy, a host in Second Life’s Just Genealogy, and a prolific webinar host. She founded (a central blog and calendar) that was recently honored internationally as one of only three 2011 GeneaBlog award winners.



Marian Smith
Marian Smith

Marian Smith is Chief of the Historical Research Branch within US Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, in Washington, DC.  She is an Historian who first joined that organization in 1988 when it was the INS.  For many years she was a regular speaker at national genealogy conferences and the author of genealogical journal articles about immigration and naturalization history and records.  She now directs the agency’s History, Library, and fee-for-service Genealogy programs.


  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services – History Office & Library

Audrey Collins
Audrey Collins

Despite having no English ancestry of her own (she is a Scot with Irish roots), Audrey has been researching English genealogy for over 20 years. She works as Family History Specialist at The National Archives (UK) and in her spare time writes a blog ‘The Family Recorder’.


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


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One thought on “GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, February 17, 2012

  1. Once again, nice show (despite the technical difficulties). Just want to let you know that I have started a digest of recorded genealogy podcasts (audio & video) available on the web, emphasizing those that would have interest for Jewish genealogists. The first show featured (in today’s post) is Geneabloggers Radio.


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