Researching African-American families requires a good deal of
ingenuity when it comes to locating records. Just imagine ... no surnames until
emancipation and then taking on an identifying name and often changing it. Add
to this almost always no legally recorded vital records. Determining anything
about black ancestry requires the researcher to divide what is known about the
family into the slavery era and then into the emancipation era.
This article was originally published by GenealogyToday.com.
Ruby Coleman is a genealogical author, professional researcher, lecturer,
instructor and free-lance writer. She has written articles on genealogical
computing for AntiqueWeek. She is a contributing writer for Computer
Interest Group Newsletter of the Colorado Genealogical Society/Computer Interest
Group, Denver, CO and the Illinois State Genealogical Society publications. Her
special interest is in genealogical computing and genealogical research of the
Plains States with primary focus on Iowa and Nebraska. © Copyright
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