African American Resources at the Local History Department (Part I)

A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African American Ancestors

Franklin Carter Smith & Emily Ann Croom

Save time and frustration in the search for your ancestors with clear, practical guidance on the unique challenges of African-American genealogy.

This book is unique because it includes methods for successful research in slavery-era records as well as strategies to help you identify your ancestors’ slaveholder and the slaveholding family. Case studies from various states and time periods tell the stories of real families whose lives were recorded in public records that you to can use.

Discovering your family history can be a powerful experience that also allows you to create a special legacy for your loved ones.

Black and Free, The Free Negro in America, 1830 (the survey)

Edited by Alan Abrams

Carter Godwin Woodson, who first compiled this historic and groundbreaking work, is widely revered today as the man responsible for the creation of Black History Month.

Many uncommon names appear in this genealogical treasure trove which has been out of print for almost a century.

Finding Oprah’s Roots, Finding Your Own

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

This book will not only endow readers with a new appreciation for the key contributions made by history’s unsung, but also equip them with the tools to connect to pivotal figures in their past.

A roadmap through the intricacies of public documents and online databases, the book also highlights genetic testing resources that can make it possible to know ones tribal roots in Africa.

Black Genesis, A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy

James M. Rose, Ph.D. & Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG

Originally published in 1978, Black Genesis was the first book to provide researchers with access to family history information and materials for African Americans. Now, this pioneering book has been completely updated, and it is once again the premier guide to African-American genealogy.

It’s new format—organized by state and, within each state, by category—makes locating resources pertaining to slaves and free blacks in the United States easier than ever.

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