A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage

Front Cover
Genealogical Publishing Com, 2009 - Reference - 250 pages
1 Review
Tracing one's African-American ancestry can be uniquely challenging. This guide helps overcome the obstacles and pitfalls of specialized research by offering a proven, three-part approach.

Part One covers post-Civil War era to present, showing readers how to access and utilize sources ranging from census records and vital documents to oral histories. Part Two provides comprehensive coverage of pre-Civil War experience research. Since this is where many genealogists find the most difficulty, the authors carefully demonstrate how to use information compiled in part one to find pre-Civil War documents, such as slave records.

Part Three offers detailed case studies of three African-American families and how these research tactics helped them trace their ancestors. Throughout, readers will find forms, examples, outlines, maps and other aids that will help them save time and document their research accurately.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

If you are interested in hiring a genealogist to research your family history then look no further. I am available right now to begin researching your family history. I primarily work out of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska for in person research but have access to information from all over the United States.
I am a former Ancestry.com Expert Connect Genealogy researcher and have several years experience researching genealogy and family history. I have experience researching Birth records, marriage records, death records, divorce records, naturalization records, military records, Wills and Probates, as well as researching newspapers for vital records information. I am experienced, thorough, concise and believe in providing 100% accurate research to my clients. So if you are ready to hire me right now, please email me at genealogy@ancestorexplorer.com or see my website at www.ancestorexplorer.com to find out more.
 

Contents

In the Beginning
1
Census Records
15
Federal Sources
34
State County and Local Sources
61
Special Situations
86
Whats in a Name?
106
Location Location Location
118
The Other Family
129
Case Study All in the Neighborhood
187
Free and Slaveholding States and Territories in 1861
201
Federal Census 17901930
208
State Archives
211
National Archives and Regional Branches
218
Blank Forms
221
Endnotes
227
Bibliography
243

The Search for Ancestors in Slaveholder Documents
145
Case Study The Issue of Mixed Race
163
Case Study A Story of Triumph and Tragedy
177

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information