A practical guide that shows you how to use the basic resources of every genealogist to trace your ancestors and more. It takes into account the deprivation wrought by slavery and its impact on the African-American family. This book recognizes the importance of oral history in the rich African and African-American tradition and explains how you can bridge the gap created when written records are few or nonexistent.
To help the reader put his or her family back together, there are work sheets, genealogy charts, and over 200 questions to ask relatives on everything from personal data and education to family life and military service. This book tells you where to find and what to look for in birth records, marriage certificates, deeds, death records, wills, and even census records. You will also discover how to take advantage of the state and federal resources so important to the genealogist. Not all African Americans who came to this country were slaves. The book suggests ways to find your ancestors whether they lived free or served in bonds and ultimately gained their freedom.
Writing in an informative and conversational style, the author uses examples from her won genealogical search and describes her struggles and successes along the way. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in connecting with the richness of his or her African-American heritage.