Researching African-American History is very rewarding...but a lot of work.
Since a lot of records are not recorded we have to go by the means of a oral history. Which has been one of the oldest
traditions if Africa, a griot, would be someone who had committed the history to memory and would pass it down.
My work was made pretty easy. Because my cousin, Bettye had gone on before me and had complied most of the stuff all
I had to do was copy. She did tell in her book what she had to go through. So if you want to research your own family history
here are some things to start with.
- Older Family Members
- United States Census Records
- Family Bibles
- School Records
- Slave Schedules
- Courthouse Records
- Family Records & Memorabilia
- Whatever home state Department Records
Today a lot of things are made easier because of the Web. Here are some sites that you can start off with if you want
to research your history.
National Archives and Records Administration Web Site:
Here are a couple of more links to different sites:
Ancestory & Classmates
Here are some tips about researching a family tree,
Be sure to evaluate the source of your information.
Remember, you can't believe everything you read!
Remember, most everyone has two family names: your father's, but also
your mother's. Don't feel you must restrict your research to just your paternal family tree.