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  • African American Resources at the New England Historic Genealogical Society

    A Selected Bibliography

    African Resources 100NEHGS; 6 x 9 softcover, viii + 64 pp.
    reg. $8.95, member price $8.06
    Published as a companion to, this book lists some of the many resources at NEHGS available to those researching their African American ancestors: published genealogies, local histories, original manuscripts and rare documents, online databases, and vital and other records. The book also includes an essay by NEHGS member Kenyatta D. Berry on how to begin your genealogical search. 2010

    Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts, 1650–1865

    2nd Edition

    Black Families 100Joseph Carvalho III
    NEHGS; 6 x 9 hardcover, 400 pp.
    reg. $29.95, member price $26.96
    This revised edition chronicles the lives of African American individuals and families who lived in the area now known as Hampden County in western Massachusetts between the years 1650 and 1865. Carvalho has relied on a wide variety of sources—including church, court, military, pension, and cemetery records; ministers’ journals; family papers; newspapers; U.S. and Massachusetts census reports; and city directories—to piece together family relationships. This compilation of genealogical, biographical, and historical information not only brings these individuals to life but also provides the student of regional black history with a comprehensive view of the community at a pivotal time in history.

    In Search of Our Roots

    How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past

    Search Roots 100Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    Crown Publishers; 6½ x 9½ hardcover, 438 pp.
    Discover the personal family history of 19 prominent African Americans and the challenges of tracing their family roots. Profiles include Maya Angelou, Morgan Freeman, Quincy Jones, Oprah Winfrey and others. This book is a follow-up to the acclaimed PBS series by NEHGS member Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2009

    Twenty Families of Color in Massachusetts

    African American Resources 100Franklin A. Dorman
    Foreword by James O. Horton
    NEHGS; 6 x 9 softcover, xxi + 524 pp.
    reg. $29.95, member price $26.96
    Using a variety of primary and secondary sources, Dorman has constructed a vivid account of African American community life over 250 years. Through these pages move soldiers of the Revolution, black abolitionists and farmers, physicians and porters, ministers and barbers, social justice advocates and suffragists, as well as artists, musicians, and athletes.

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