African-American Genealogy Toolkit
Websites, books and organizations to help you search for your African-American roots.
Web Sites
  • American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan (W.W. Norton & Co.)
  • Black Genealogy by Charles Blockson (Black Classic Press)
  • Black Genesis: A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy, 2nd edition, by James M. Rose and Alice Eichholz (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • Black Roots: A Beginners Guide To Tracing The African-American Family Tree by Tony Burroughs (Fireside)
  • Cane River by Lalita Tademy (Grand Central Publishing)
  • Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures by Christine Rose (CR Publications,)
  • Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor by William B. Gould IV (Stanford University Press)
  • Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity, Revised and Expanded by Dee Parmer Woodtor (Random House)
  • Finding Your African-American Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide by David T. Thackery (Ancestry)
  • A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors by Emily Anne Croom and Franklin Carter Smith (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • How To Trace Your African-American Roots: Discovering Your Unique History by Barbara Howell (Citadel)
  • Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America by Ira Berlin (Belknap Press)
  • Slave Ancestral Research: It’s Something Else by Mary L. Jackson Fears (Heritage Books)
  • Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies by David H. Streets (Heritage Books)
  • Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball (Ballantine Books)
  • The First Emancipator: Slavery, Religion, and the Quiet Revolution of Robert Carter by Andrew Levy (Random House)
  • Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese (The University of North Carolina Press)
  • Your Guide to the Federal Census by Kathleen W. Hinckley (Betterway Books)

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