Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Highlight: African American Genealogical & Historical Societies Listed On The Web (States Beginning With "F" & "G")

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
Central Florida Chapter


Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.
Tampa Chapter


The Lee County Black History Society Inc.

The Mount Dora Historical Society

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.
Metro Atlanta Chapter


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Highlight: African American Genealogy Conferences

32nd National Conference of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
Theme: Ties That Bind: Honoring Our Ancestors
September 22-25, 2011
Little Rock, Arkansas

International Black Genealogy Summit
Theme: African Diaspora: Awaking Our Legacy
October 20-22, 2011
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Highlight: African American Genealogy Research Center

The Center for African American Genealogy Research, Inc.
Established in 2004, The Center for African American Genealogy Research is a non-profit organization that exists in order to provide access to online information and to provide a space for genealogy groups and societies to share information and resources. The Center seems to operate solely online while providing access to free online databases, information about physically endangered African American historical real-life sites, information about little known African and African American historically significant figures, and online classes on using census and military records. The Center also provides an extensive Research Tips section on topics such as church records, nicknames, Native American relationships, interview questions, and libraries just to name a few.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Highlight: African American Genealogical & Historical Societies Listed On The Web (States Beginning With "C")

African American Genealogical Society of Northern California

The Black Historical Society of San Diego

California African American Genealogical Society, Inc.

The Middle Passage Research Group

San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society

Southern California Genealogical Society African American Special Interest Group

Black Genealogy Search Group

Friday, March 25, 2011

Highlight: African American Genealogical & Historical Societies Listed On The Web (States Beginning With "A")

Black Belt African American Genealogical & Historical Society

Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group

African American Historical Society of Alaska, Inc.

Black Family Genealogy & History Society

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. - Arkansas Chapter

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Highlight: Federal Research Tools

The Library of Congress: African American Family and Related Works in the Library of Congress/ Washington 1998 / Research Guide No. 34
Between 1973 and 1997, the Library of Congress compiled a catalog of 183 books that referenced topics ranging from abolitionists, masters and slaves, freedmen, Civil War soldiers, and Cherokee Indians in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Books range from published family histories to funeral programs to an index of an African American genealogical journal (1980 – 1990) to African American genealogical resource guides. The links are listed in alphabetical order by family name or author name. The linked pages provide a bibliographic listing of the books along with the Library of Congress’ call numbers of each book.

National Archives: Black Family Research: Using the Records of Post-Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives
This page is intended to provide researchers with a guide for efficiently and effectively using the National Archives and Records Administration for African American genealogical research in order to locate ancestor names in federal records from just after the Civil War. Many of these resources are from The Freedman’s Bureau, which was a federally initiative that aimed to help newly freed slaves establish bank accounts in order to help them gain the beginnings of financial freedom. This page defines and describes the National Archive’s holdings in terms of resources such as indexes of deposit ledgers, field office records, southern claims case files, and registers of signatures of deposit just to name a few. This page reports that some records are not available on microfilm, namely ledgers, journals and specific kinds of letters. This page also lists other related records that will help researchers find names and activities of their ancestors. Toward the end of the page, there is advice on how to actually search the documents once the researcher arrives at the National Archives as well as National Archives contact information and suggestions for further reading.

Highlight: Online Research Tools

This privately held website that focuses on African Acestored Genealogy. The site’s mission is to provide “resources, leadership, promotion and advocacy for the mutual development and use of a system of genealogy for researching African related ancestry.” Records available for searching include federal and state census records, death records, various library records, marriage records, slave data, photographs, surname databases. One special feature is the states and world database that allows people interested in African American genealogy to link their websites and other information to AfriGeneas. Other resources include active chat rooms and forums that connect researchers to other researchers. This site also includes consistently updated articles about current events in the African American genealogy field.

Access Genealogy: African American Genealogy
This page is part of a larger website called AccessGenealogy.com. The African American research resource directory displays links to various records organized by the states in which the records can be found or the states the records are about. These records tend to be records about the Southern United States and include, but are not limited to, cemetery records, slave narratives, and large slave owners databases. The website also provides links to books that focus on African American history.

The University of South Florida Africana Heritage Project
This website’s mission is to “rediscover precious records that document the names and lives of former slaves, freedpersons, and their descendants, and share those records on this free internet site.” Sponsored by the Africana Studies department of The University of South Florida, this site has been recognized in Family Tree Magazine’s Top 100 best undiscovered family history Web sites and in DynasTree’s Top 50 Genealogy Websites. The site describes over 15 individual genealogy resources that cater to the African American genealogy researcher. A sample of this site’s comprehensive database search includes search capabilities for probate records, WWI records, church records, WPA slave narrative records, slave manifests, plantation journals, periodicals, and family group sheets.

Cyndi’s List: African American Genealogy Sites on the Internet
This page is one of many pages offered by Cyndi’s List (cyndislist.com), which has been functioning as a genealogy resource database website since 1996. The particular page offers links to searchable birth, marriage and death records, cemetery and funeral homes, military records, immigration, emigration and migration records, books, federal and state census records, other general genealogy sites related to African American genealogy research. An extensive list of other links include, but are not limited to, links to libraries, museums, archives, articles, mailing lists, chats, newsgroups, maps, and DNA projects. There is also an extensive list of photographs, postcards, yearbooks, school memorabilia, and “other ephemera of life”. Researchers should find this list of resources quite helpful and they start and continue their searches for stories of and facts about the African American past.

Genealinks: African American Genealogy
Sponsored by Genealinks, this page offers the beginning African American genealogy researchers a starting point for their possibly difficult research. After providing a link to African American cemeteries, the links to various online resources begin with links to genealogical societies and region specific research resources in Northern California, Missouri and Ohio. The rest of the links seem to be in no particular order but they provide valuable pop-up links to other state related sites, individual family sites, and other research sites that focus on African American genealogy. This page also offers a link to the Social Security Death Index.