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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, June 24, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio – Episode 22

Friday, June 24, 2011
10pm-11:30pm Eastern US
9-10:30pm Central US
8-9:30pm Mountain US
7-8:30pm Pacific US
3am London UK
12pm Saturday Sydney AUS

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Genealogy, Adoption Records and Blended Families

Our special guests will include Debbie Mieszala CG, a Certified GenealogistSM specializing in forensic genealogist who will help us understand adoption records and research; and professional genealogist and lecturer Angela Walton-Raji of the African Roots Podcast who will discuss blended families.


Debbie Mieszala

Debbie Mieszala, CG

Debbie Mieszala is a Certified GenealogistSM specializing in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest. She does genealogical research for the military to help locate family members of service members missing in past wars, and formerly did adoption-related research as a Confidential Intermediary in Illinois. A national-level lecturer and author, she has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and been published in NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist, and OnBoard!. As a member of the BCG Outreach Committee, she writes press releases on newly certified genealogists. Debbie has attended IGHR and NIGR, and recently earned a certificate in paralegal studies.


  • Ann Fessler. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decade Before Roe v. Wade. (2006)


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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