Black Roots

Black Roots

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

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A guide for researching family histories offer African Americans advice on using the library and Internet, finding resources, and analyzing historical documents, and provides sample forms and historical records.

& Taylor

A complete guide to African-American genealogy provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions on how to trace the history of one's family, discussing the different types of records and documents available, where to find them, how to analyze them for key information, and how to organize them. Original. 40,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
Trace, document, record, and write your family's history with this easy-to-read, step-by-step authoritative guide.

Finally, here is the fun, easy-to-use guide that African Americans have been waiting for since Alex Haley published Roots more than twenty-five years ago. Written by the leading African American professional genealogist in the United States who teaches and lectures widely, Black Roots highlights some of the special problems, solutions, and sources unique to African Americans. Based on solid genealogical principles and designed for those who have little or no experience researching their family's past, but valuable to any genealogist, this book explains everything you need to get started, including: where to search close to home, where to write for records, how to make the best use of libraries and the Internet, and how to organize research, analyze historical documents, and write the family history.


  • real case histories that illustrate the unique challenges posed to African Americans and how they were solved
  • more than 100 illustrations and photographs of actual documents and records you're likely to encounter when tracing your family tree
  • samples of all the worksheets and forms you'll need to keep your research in order
  • a list of the traps even experienced researchers often fall into that hamper their research

Publisher: New York : Fireside Book, c2001
ISBN: 9780684847047
Branch Call Number: G 929.1089 BUR
Characteristics: 464 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Sep 29, 2010

only good if you are in the usa


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