Genealogy At A Glance: African American Genealogy Research
Genealogy At A Glance: African American Genealogy Research
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Genealogy at a Glance: African American Genealogy Research; by Michael Hait; 4 pp; 2011; Laminated, folded sheet; ISBN: 9780806318820; 8.5x11; Item # GPC2476

Nothing will get you going faster in African American genealogical research than this "Genealogy at a Glance" publication. In just four pages, Michael Hait, lays out the basic elements of African American research, boiling the subject down to its essence and allowing you to grasp the fundamentals of African American research at a glance.

Hait explains that there are three imperatives in African American genealogical research: (1) you must begin with interviews of family members; (2) you must check records of birth, marriage, and death; and (3) you must check federal census records, especially the crucial 1870 census, which was the first census to include information on former slaves.

Beyond this he offers step-by-step guidance on finding and using other records that are crucial in African American research, such as Freedmen’s Bureau records, Freedman’s Bank records, records of the Southern Claims Commission, and voter registration lists. In addition, before ending with a helpful list of websites focusing specifically on African American genealogy, he offers tips and guidance on researching slave ancestors.

In keeping with the "Genealogy at a Glance" theme, the four specially laminated pages of this work are designed to provide as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. No research tool in genealogy is as effortless and as convenient.

"Genealogy at a Glance: African American Genealogy Research" Book Review

Contents for this guide:

  • The Great Migration
  • Basic Research Resources
    • Oral History
    • Federal Census Records
    • State and County Records
  • Reconstruction-era Record Sources
    • The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (“Freedmen’s Bureau”)
    • The Freedman’s Saving and Trust Company (“Freedman’s Bank”)
    • Southern Claims Commission Records
    • Voter Registration Lists in the South
  • Civil War Record Resources
    • Compiled Military Service Records
    • Civil War Pension Files
  • Free African Americans in the North and South
    • The Abolition of Slavery in the North
    • Records Related to Free African Americans
    • in the Antebellum Period
  • Researching Enslaved Ancestors
    • Federal Census Slave Schedules
    • Common Record Groups Relating to Slaves
  • Online Resources
  • Further Reading