Reginald Washington is an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. He is also a well-known expert on African American genealogy and the author of several books as well as a popular speaker on the lecture circuit. Megan Smolenyak had a chance to talk with him at the recent Mid-Atlantic African American Genealogy Conference, held in New Jersey. Roots Television was able to videotape the conversation and make it available to everyone on the Internet.
In this interview, Reggie describes his work at the National Archives and well as two of the major resources available: the Freedmen's Bureau and the Southern Claims Commission. He tells how to access these records on microfilm and online. He also describes other resources available, including slave payrolls and slave manifests.
You can watch Megan's interview of Reginald Washington on Roots Television at http://www.rootstelevision.com/players/player_africanroots.php?bctid=1515766540.