Your Interactive Guide: Essential Steps for Beginners
Each of these steps has a link for further assistance. Follow the links,
download them, print them out and file them in a three ring binder with
subject dividers. This notebook will be your own personal resource guidebook,
something that every genealogist needs throughout the duration of a research
Your best investment is to plan to purchase several
general guidebooks. The following is a suggested list. You can order most of
these books through your local African American bookstore or various online
book companies, but do support your local African American bookstore.
Guidebooks Specific to African Americans
in the United States
Byers, Paula K. African American
Genealogical Sourcebook. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995.
Redford, Dorothy Spruill. Somerset
Homecoming: Recovering A Lost Heritage. New York: Doubleday, 1988. (Not
a guidebook as such, but very instructive on what the search is like.)
Woodtor, Dee Parmer. Finding A Place
Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity.
New York: Random House,1999.
Young, Tommie M. Afro-American
Genealogy Sourcebook. New York: Garland, 1987.
Sources Specific to Caribbean Ancestry
Sources for Canadian Research
Guides Specific to American Genealogy
and Basic Techniques
These will be needed to understand specific
techniques of research such as courthouse research, land searches etc.
Everton, George. The Handybook for
Genealogists. Logan, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 1992.
Szucs, Loretto D. & Sandra H.
Lubking (eds). The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Salt
Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 1996.
Guides For Your State of Research
In addition to these guides, you will need
a guide for doing research in each state where your ancestors lived. Most state
archives have also published pamphlets to help African American researchers.
When you visit the webpage under state of research below, you will find these