What is Genealogy
Tid Bits
Tips and Gotcha's
Top ten myths
Top ten reasons to do it
Just for Fun
Getting Started
An exercise using a pedigree
Paperwork organization
Preserving your records
Labeling your records
Maps and geography
Old style dates
Old style handwriting
Tombstone reading
Calculating relationships
Family reunions
PC Software
Genealogical Programs
Genealogical Numbering Systems
Family Group Sheet form
GEDCOM format
Descendancy report
Ahnentafel report
Recap and Statistics
The data pyramid
Source Documents
Record types
Vital and primary records
Manuscript archives
Censuses and the soundex
Actual examples
Where to Look
Where to do your research
Kansas City area research
U.S. GenWeb
Recent immigrants
Ellis Island
African American
Native American
Hispanic American
Recommended web sites
Certified professionals
Genealogical publishers/sellers
Recommended books
Publishing your family history
Forms to use
Dewey Decimal system
Homework assignment

Genealogical Books: African American Research

  • Abajian, James, Blacks in Selected Newspapers, Censuses, and Other Sources: An Index to Names and Subjects. G. K. Hall, Boston, 1977
  • Black Studies: Select Catalog of National Archives and Records Service Microfilm Publications, General Services Administration, Washington, D.C., 1973, 1984
  • Blockson, Charles L., Black American Records and Research, editor, Jessie Carney Smith, Ethnic Genealogy: A Research Guide, Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., 1983, pages 309-64
  • Burroughs, Tony, Black Roots: A Beginnerís Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree, Fireside Books, New York, 2001
  • Byers, Paula K, editor, African American Genealogical Sourcebook, Gale Research, Detroit, 1995
  • Everly, Elaine, Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, National Archives and Records Service, Washington, D.C., 1973
  • Newman, Debra L., List of Free Black Heads of Families in the First Census of the United States, National Archives, Washington, D.C., 1973
  • Reed, Robert D., How and Where to Research Your Ethnic-American Cultural Heritage: Black Americans, published by the author, Saratoga, Calif., 1979
  • Rose, James, and Alice Eicholz, Black Genesis, Gale Research, Detroit, 1978
  • Rose, Willie Lee, editor, Documentary History of Slavery in North America, Oxford University Press, New York, 1976
  • Schatz, Walter, Directory of Afro-American Resources, R. R. Bowker, New York, 1970
  • Streets, David H., Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies, Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland, 1986
  • Woodson, Carter G., Free Negro Heads of Families in the United States Census of 1830, Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, 1925

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