Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors
Genealogists and authors Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom have
teamed up to provide practical guidance for researching African-American
ancestors. Whether you are just getting started or already have research
experience, this book gives you useful tips and successful strategies.
Numerous illustrations, research examples, and case studies demonstrate
the authors’ step-by-step approach to the unique challenges of African-American
research, including working back to the crucial 1870 census, identifying
an ancestor’s slaveholder, and researching pre–Civil War records. The
book also provides ideas for gathering oral and social history within
the family, for documenting your research, and for analyzing your information
to plan the next step.