Guide to African American Genealogy
: DDC NUMBERS
: BASIC "HOW TO"
: REFERENCE TOOLS
: BACKGROUND MATERIALS
African American [geographic term]
African Americans - Genealogy - Bibliography
African Americans - Genealogy - Handbooks, Manuals, etc.
African Americans - Genealogy - Sources
Confederate States of America. Army - African American troops
Free African Americans
Registers of births, etc. Slave bills of sale
Slaves - [geographic term] - Genealogy
United States of America - History - Civil War, 1861 - 1865 - Participation, African American
DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION NUMBERS
929.2 Family Histories
929.3 Genealogical Sources
929.4 Personal Names
929.5 Cemetery Records
929.8 Awards, Orders, Decorations, Autographs
975.8 Georgia History
973.1 Early American History to 1607
973.2 American Colonial Period (1607-1775)
973.3 American Revolution & Confederation
973.4 American Constitutional Period (1789-1809)
973.5 American History, 1809-1845
973.6 American History, 1845-1861
973.7 Administration of Abraham Lincoln & American Civil War
973.8 American Reconstruction Period (1865-1901)
973.9 American History, 1901-
BASIC "HOW TO"
Books Boy Scouts of America. Genealogy. Irving, Texas: Boy Scouts of America, 1988.
Call No.: NONFIC 929.1 BOY
This is a good first book on genealogy, as in a few pages it gives you the basics and will make the other beginner’s books easier to understand.
Burroughs, Tony. Black Roots: a beginners guide to tracing the African American family tree. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
Call No.: NONFIC 929.1089 BURROUGH
Probably the best known recent book on beginner’s African American genealogy research. It is highly readable, well-organized and has a great bibliography that can give you ideas on other places to look.
Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Organizing Your Family History Search: efficient & effective ways to gather and protect your genealogical research. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1999.
Call No.: NONFIC 929.1 CARMACK
Croom, Emily Anne. Unpuzzling Your Past: a basic guide to genealogy. 3rd ed. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1995.
Call No.: NONFIC 929.1 CROOM 1995
This is a good beginning book on basic genealogy. Logically organized and easy to read and understand.
Dollarhide, William. Managing a Genealogical Research Project. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1990.
Call No.: NONFIC 929.1 DOLLARHI
A good guide to managing papers and forms and setting up a system as you begin your research.
Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. 3rd ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000.
Call No.: NONFIC 929.1 GREENWOOD 3rd ed.
The "bible" of American genealogical research. It is crammed with important information. Good to keep on hand to refer to when having question or problems.
Hinckley, Kathleen W. Locating Lost Family Members & Friends: modern genealogical research techniques for locating the people of your past and present. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1999.
Call No.: NONFIC 929.1072 HINCKLEY
Smith, Franklin Carter and Emily Anne Croom. A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your African American Ancestors. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2003.
Call No.: NONFIC 929.1089 SMITH
First four chapters appropriate for beginners. The explanation on how to read and analyze the census information is particularly helpful.
Thackery, David T. "Tracking African American Family History," in The Source: a guidebook of American genealogy. 3rd ed. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, Inc., 1997, p. 574-586.
Call No.: GR 929.1072 SOURCE 1997
discusses various types of records created by different entities like governments, churches, etc. that are essential tools for genealogical research. This chapter focuses on those of particular interest to people researching African Americans.
Walker, James Dent. Black Genealogy: how to begin. Athens, GA: University of Georgia, Center for Continuing Education, 1977.
Call No.: GR 929.1 WALKER
Woodtor, Dee Parmer. Finding a Place Called Home: a guide to African-American genealogy and historical identity. New York: Random House, 1999.
Call No.: NONFIC 929.1089 WOODTOR
Most valuable for covering intermediate and advanced research techniques and sources, and providing a historical context for your research.
Web Sites Citing Records in the National Archives of the United Statess
"Guidelines for citing unpublished records it holds in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and in the Regional Records Services facilities, the Presidential Libraries system, and Affiliated Archives. The guidelines cover citations to textual records, microform records, non-textual archives (i.e., photographic records, posters, motion pictures, tape recordings, cartographic records, and architectural drawings), electronic records, and online references."
Vital Records Information, United States
"“This page contains information about where to obtain vital records (such as birth, death & marriage certificates and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States. See the guidelines for information on how to order vital records. If you are looking for vital records from a foreign county, see my links to foreign vital records web sites."
Web Sites African American World
Created by the Public Broadcasting Service. "Your guide to African American history and culture. From Sojourner Truth to Jacob Lawrence, discover the courage and talend that shaped the African American experience."
Web Sites Afrigeneas
"AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also an African Ancestry research community featuring the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats."
Christine's Genealogy Website
A forum, links and stories. Contributors are also working to load cemetery transcriptions online.
Cyndi's List, African American Category
Comprehensive categorized listing of genealogical websites.
Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records: a genealogy guide.
"Gathers together links to online death indexes by state and county. Included are death indexes, obituaries, probate indexes and cemetery and burial indexes.".
Family Search- church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Particularly useful for beginning researchers on this site is the U.S. Social Security Death Index. In addition in the Search section, under Research Guidance and Research Helps, are outlines and guides to assist in your research. There are also CDs available from the LDS Church in the Heritage Room.
ROOTS-L Home Page
"“The main genealogy discussion list Web site. Contains: the ROOTS-L library, with hundreds of files, including how to obtain vital records, useful tips for beginners, book lists, etc.; the Roots Surname List or RSL, a list of over 900,000 surnames and contact information for the almost 100,000 people researching them; GENSERV, a massive database comprised of the GEDCOMs of over 11,000 submitters; the U. S. Civil War Units file; United States Resources: A Web page for every state in the United States, with links to genealogical and historical resources; and the ROOT-L archives, searchable."- Source: Librarian's' Index to the Internet.
"Billing itself as The Oldest & Largest FREE Genealogy Site, RootsWeb includes search engines and databases, family trees (over 70 million names), surname and geographical mailing lists, and message boards. The site also hosts other volunteer projects such as the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild and Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness. Although it remains free to users, RootsWeb is now sponsored by Ancestry.com, whose databases (both free and pay) can also be searched from this site." Source: Librarians’ Index to the Internet.
"This comprehensive site provides links to all the state genealogy Web sites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. They also sponsor Special Archiving Projects that include putting all U.S. census data online; transcribing cemetery tombstone information; tracking single lineage; and genealogy for children. In addition, there is an excellent guide to doing genealogy research that also includes such information as caring for old documents; repairing old books; preserving old photographs; and publishing your results." Source: Librarians’ Index to the Internet.
Web Sites African American Cemeteries Online
Although this homepage has not been updated since October 2003, you can get a list by state of cemeteries for which information has been submitted. one can participate in the African American cemetery forum (moved to Afrigeneas), and access the excellent links for additional cemetery information.
MAPS & GEOGRAPHY
Web Sites David Rumsey Map Collection
Over 8,000 historical maps in digital format, available for personal use.
Library of Congress- American Memory Collections: Original Format: Maps
Maps from the American Memory digital collection.
United States Geological Survey, Geographic Names Information System
"Our Nation's official repository of domestic geographic names information." Query page for mapping information located at http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnis/web_query.gnis_web_query_form
UT Library Online- Perry Castaneda Map Collection- Historical Map
This site has a wonderful collection of historical maps from all over the world. The site also provides links to other good web sites.
MILITARY SERVICE & RECORDS
Books Lanning, Michael Lee. The African-American Soldier: from Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell. Secaucus, New Jersey: Carol Publishing Group, 1997.
Call No.: GR 355.008 LANNING
Call No.: NONFIC 355.008 LANNING
Hewett, Janet B. The Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865. 16 vols. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing, Co., 1995-96.
Call No.: GR 973.742 HEWETT
Hewett, Janet B. The Roster of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865. 33 vols. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing, Co., 1997.
Call No.: GR 973.741 HEWETT
Contains volunteers and draftees, not regular Army.
Hoyt, Max Ellsworth and Frank Johnson Metcalf. Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications. 3 vols. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society, 1943-1963.
Call No.: GR 939 HOYT
**See Also Corrections to the Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society, 1965.
Johnston, Richard S. and Debra Johnson Knox. How to Locate Anyone Who Is or Has Been in the Military: Armed Forces locator guide. 8th ed. Spartanburg: MIE Publishing, 1999.
Call No.: R 355.0025 JOHNSON
Call No.: NONFIC 355.0025 JOHNSON
Moore, Brenda L. To Serve My Country, To Serve My Race: the story of the only African American WACS stationed overseas during World War II. New York: New York University Press, 1996.
Call No.: NONFIC 940.5403 MOORE
Nalty, Bernanrd C. Strength for the Fight: a history of Black Americans in the military. New York: The Free Press, a division of Macmillan, Inc., 1986.
Call No.: NONFIC 355.0089 NALTY
White, Virgil D. Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files. 4 vols. Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Company, 1990-1992.
Call No.: GR 973.34 WHITE
White, Virgil D. Index to Old Wars Pensions Files, 1815-1926. Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Company, 1993.
Call No.: GR 929.373 WHITE
White, Virgil D. Index to Pension Applications for Indian Wars Service Between 1817 and 1898. Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Company, 1997.
Call No.: GR 929.373 WHITE
White, Virgil D. Index to Revolutionary War Service Records. 4 vols. Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Company, 1995.
Call No.: GR 973.4 WHITE
White, Virgil D. Index to War of 1812 Pension Files. 2 vols. Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing company, 1992.
Call No.: GR 973.524 WHITE
World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918: [microform]: Georgia. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2000.
Call No.: GR 929.3758
Microform copies of the cards for Clarke, Oconee and Oglethorpe Counties. The originals of all of these for the entire nation are in the Southeast Regional Archives at East Point. Digital versions of these records for some states are also accessible through AncestryPlus and GALILEO.
Wynn, Neil A. "War, Society and the Afro-American," in The Afro-American and the Second World War. New York: Homes & Meier Publishers, 1976. p. 1-20.
Call No.: NONFIC 940.5315 WYNN
Web Sites Afro-American Newspapers on Microfilm at the University of Georgia Libraries.
Listing of the African American newspapers on microfilm at UGA. Provides state, city, title. UGA Call No., years published, and the years UGA owns.
ORGANIZATIONS & SOCIETIES
Web Sites African American Historical and Genealogical Society
"The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) strives to preserve African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and disseminating information throughout the community. Our primary goals are to promote scholarly research, provide resources for historical and genealogical studies, create a network of persons with similar interests, and assist members in documenting their histories."
National Genealogical Society
"The National Genealogical Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1903, is the premier national society for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian. The NGS serves its members by:
Web Sites National Archives and Records Administration- Genealogy- African American Research.
This is a research guide with links from the Genealogy section under the Research Room on the web site.
Books Heinegg, Paul. Free African American of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina from the Colonial Period to About 1820. 4th ed. 2 vols. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 2001.
Call No.: GR 929.375 HEINEGG
Stevenson, Brenda E. Life in Black and White: family and community in the slave South. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1996.
Call No.: NONFIC 306.8 STEVENSO
Woodson, Carter G. Free Negro Owners of Slaves in the United States in 1830, Together with Absentee Ownership of Slaves in the United States in 1830. New York: Negro Universities Press, 1968. ©1924.
Call No.: GR 305.5 WOODSON
SLAVE TRADE & SLAVERY
Web Sites Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1719-1820.
"A database of information on 100,000 slaves who were brought to Louisiana in the 18th and 19th centuries. It contains "African slave names, genders, ages, occupations, illnesses, family relationships, ethnicity, places of origin, prices paid for slaves, and slaves' testimony and emancipations." Searchable by name, master, gender, racial designation, time period, plantation location, and origin. "Miscellaneous Searches" has lists of African names, slaves involved with revolts, and runaways. Demographic tables are available." Source: Librarians’ Index to the Internet
Books African American and American Indian Patriots of the Revolutionary War. Washington, D.C.: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2001.
Call No.: GR 973.344 AFRICAN
Ham, Debra Newman. List of Black Servicemen Compiled from the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records. Washington: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1985.(Special list, no. 36)
Call No.: GR 929.3 LIST
List of Black Heads of Household in the First Census of the United States 1790. Washington: National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, 1973. (Special List no. 34). Call No.: Currently In Processing
GEORGIA- BASIC TOOLS
Web Sites Old Georgia Newspapers
This is an online listing of newspapers that have been microfilmed by the Georgia Newspaper Project. These microfilms are located in the basement of the University of Georgia Main Library in Athens. The list includes newspaper title, years available, call number and where it was published and the site is searchable by town, county, name of newspaper, and county map. This site does not index each paper, it just indicates which newspapers might be available.
GEORGIA- INTERMEDIATE RESEARCH
Books Georgia 1850 Slave Schedule Census Index. Salt Lake City, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, Inc., 1988.
Call No.: GR 317.58 GEORGIA
Georgia 1860 Slave Schedule Census Index. North Salt Lake,Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, Inc., 1990.
Call No.: GR 317.58 GEORGIA
Martin, Joann. Slave Bills of Sale Project. 2 vols. Atlanta, GA: African American Family History Association, Inc., 1986.
Call No.: GR 929.3758 SLAVE
United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Marriage records of the Office of the Commissioner, Washington Headquarters of the Bureau of Refugees, Freemen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1870. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.
Call No.: MF 929.3 M1875
United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Records of the Field Offices for the State of Georgia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Congress and National Archives and Records Administration.
Call No.: MF 929.3758 M1903
United States, National Archives and Records Administration. Records of the Field Offices for the State of Georgia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Congress and National Archives and Records Administration, 2003.
Call No.: GR 929.3758 M1903
Pamphlet describing microfilm publication M1903.
White, Index to Georgia Confederate Pension Files. Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Company, 1995.
Call No.: GR 929.3758 WHITE
GEORGIA- ADVANCED RESEARCH
Personal Papers Often have information on slaves. These can be found at repositories throught the state. Examples of collections to look in are:
Athens Regional Library System
2025 Baxter Street · Athens, Georgia 30606 · (706) 613-3650