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Books and Resources of Interest to African American Genealogy & History


Beginner's Guide

Guide to African American Documentary Resources

NARA's Genealogists/Family Historians page

The Center for African American Genealogical Research, Inc.

Cyndi's Genealogy Home Page Construction Kit

Rootsweb Guide to Tracing Family Trees

USGenWeb's Help for Genealogy Researchers Page

Louis Kessler's Genealogy Software Links

Genealogical Software Report Card

Tips for reading old records

Name and Word Spellings

Researching Southern Claims Commission Records

Hiring a Professional

USGenWeb's Researching Maiden Names

The Channel 4 Guide to Genealogy

If's, Ands, & Buts of Slave Ancestry Research

Slavery & the Native Americans 1600 - 1865

Behind the Name - the etymology & history of first names

Immigration, The Journey to America

Deciphering Old Handwriting



DNA Research

Genetic Genealogy

Ancestry by DNA

My Genetic Heritage

University of Massachusetts Lowell

              African American DNA Roots Project


Working Materials


Online Genealogy Related Websites

Archives and Libraries

Maps & Geographical Information

Genealogy & Research Websites





Societies & Organizations



Books by State

  • Arkansas

    • Bearing Witness: Memoirs of Arkansas Slavery: Narratives from the 1930 WPA Collections - Author: George Lankford

  • District of Columbia

    • District of Columbia Free Negro Registers 1821-1861

      Author: Dorothy S. Provine

  • Florida

    • Family Records of the African American Pioneers of Tampa and Hillsborough County - Author: Canter Brown

  • Georgia

    • Registers of Signatures of Depositors in the Augusta, Georgia Branch of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company - Author: Alice O. Walker




  • Kentucky

  • Maryland

    • Hunter Sutherland's Slave Manumissions and Sales in Harford County Maryland - Author: Hunter C. Sutherland and Carolyn Greenfield Adams

  • New York

    • In Search of York: The Slave Who Went to the Pacific With Lewis and Clark - Author: Robert B. Betts

  • Pennsylvania

    • Afro-American in Pennsylvania: A Critical Guide to Sources in the Pennsylvania State Archives - Author: David McBride

  • Texas

    • Black Texans: A History of African Americans in Texas,m 1528 - 1995 - Author: Alwyn Barr


Books of Interest

Books & Publications


Legend: Abbreviations in parenthesis mean the publication is from that particular resource

(LOC) - Library of Congress


A President in the Family: Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings and Thomas Woodson

Byron W. Woodson Sr.

A Quest for Full Citizenship (LOC)

African American Odyssey Exhibition

African American Experience in Ohio 1850 - 1920 (LOC)


African-American Family in Slavery and Emancipation, The

Author: Wilma A. Dunaway

African American Lives

A PBS Home Video

African American Sheet Music 1850 - 1920 (LOC)


Amistad - "Give Us Free"

Editors: Steven Spielbergm, Maya Angelou and Debbie Allen

An American Time Capsule (LOC)

3 Centuries of Broadsides & Printed Ephemera (rare books & special collection)

Baseball and Jackie Robinson

African American Odyssey Exhibition

Black Genealogy

Author: Charles L. Blockson

Black Genesis: A Handbook for African-American Genealogy

Author: Alice Eichholz

Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree

Author: Tony Burroughs

Born in Slavery-Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers Project 1936 - 1938 (LOC)

African American Odyssey Exhibition

Church in the Southern Black Community 1870 - 1925, The (LOC)

Southern Voices: Text from the University of No. Carolina at Chapel Hill

Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity

Author: Dee Parmer Woodtor

Finding Your African-American Ancestors

Author: David T. Thackery

First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920 (LOC)

Southern Voices: Text from the University of No. Carolina at Chapel Hill

Frederick Douglass Papers  1841 - 1964 (LOC)

African American Odyssey Exhibition

Freedman's Bureau and Reconstruction: Reconsiderations, The

Author: Paul A. Cimbala

From Slavery to Freedom - The African American Pamphlet Collection 1822 - 1909 (LOC)

African American Odyssey Exhibition

Haristons: An American Family in Black and White, The

Author: Henry Wiencek

How-to-Do African American Genealogy

Author: Roland Barksdale-Hall

Jefferson Scandals: A Rebuttal, The

Author: Virginius Dabney

Listening for Our Past: A Lay Guide to African American Oral History Interviewing

Author: Hasker Nelson

Maps of Liberia 1830 - 1870 (LOC)

American Colonization Society Collection - Geography & Maps Division

Nineteenth Century in Print, The (LOC)

The Making of America in Print and Periodicals

Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection 1818 - 1907 (LOC)


Return to Glory - The Powerful Stirring of the Black Race

Author: Joel A. Freeman, Ph.D and Don B. Griffin

Slaves and the Courts 1740 - 1860

African American Odyssey Exhibition

The Guardian Slave 1851 (LOC)

Adams, William Hatchie

Voices from the Days of Slavery (LOC)

Former Slaves telling their stories

Words and Deeds in American History (LOC)

From the first 100 years of the Manuscript Division

The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family's Journey to Freedom

Author: John F. Baker Jr.

Zora Neale Hurston Plays, The (LOC)

Manuscript Division