464 p. : illus.
"In Black Roots", Tony Burroughs--who traced his own family back seven generations--addresses the particular obstacles African Americans face in genealogical research, including the legacy of slavery and segregation. Burroughs describes what types of records to look for, where to find them, and how to analyze them. He offers problem-solving techniques, and tips on organizing records, interviewing family members, and writing the history itself.
Part I: Preparing to research -- What is genealogy? -- Why research genealogy? -- Fundamentals: The building blocks of African American genealogy -- Organizing before it gets messy -- Preserving the past and the present -- Managing your research -- Part II: Beginning steps -- Oral history-the most important thing you can do -- The family archives-researching family records -- Family group sheets -- The pedigree chart -- Records in cemeteries -- Records in funeral homes -- Vital records -- Going to the library -- Social security records -- U.S. census records -- Part III: Stepping into the future -- Electronic genealogy: Computers and the internet -- Writing the family history -- I can't stop now: Continuing the search -- Putting it all together.
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