Headlining the keynote session of African Heritage Day will be LeVar Burton. He’ll be sharing some of his own journey of family, storytelling, and the influence of African culture on his American experience.
4 Easy-to-Follow Steps for African-American Genealogy Newbies. This is the first of a two-part series exploring getting started with African-American genealogy.
Look for Information. Before African-American names and families were collected in the U.S. census, they were recorded in slave schedules, or inventory records that almost never mentioned names. Instead, they mentioned age, sex, and a racial designation such as black or mulatto. They sometimes listed skills such as carpenter or blacksmith.
To put it simply, Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a man who knows his history, and if knowledge is power, he is a powerful man indeed. Gates has been awarded many titles, such as Emmy Award–winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, to name a few.But those who have seen his documentaries and his groundbreaking genealogy series on PBS, Finding Your ...
Most African-Americans don’t know their ancestry past a few generations. “There are some real profound obstacles to African-American family search, probably the most being the brick wall of 1870,” Moore explained. Enslaved Africans were not listed in the United States census before this time.
The African-American community faces an unusual challenge of name changes, due to slavery (as mentioned above). Matrilineal surnames are also used among some cultures. The matrilineal surname can be traced only as far as the end of the known maternal lineage, since, in English-speaking countries at least, the surname may change each generation.
Census. Census records are some of the most useful genealogy records! Learn what a census record is and how you can use it in your research. The content below will teach you how to find your own ancestors in census records, how to understand these records, and how to use the census in relation to other records.
A frequent lecturer and writer, she focuses on African American, Slave Ancestral Research and DNA. She is recognized for her work in Slave Ancestral Research and on Genealogy Roadshow. Berry has been featured in Real Simple, Jet, Wall Street Journal, Orange County Register, Sacramento Bee, Wave Newspaper and other publications.
Download the Session Notes. 218758 Going Wayback: Using the Internet Archive in Your Research ; FDD2001 Serving as a Temple and Family History Consultant; FDD2002 I Want to Take Family Names to the Temple, Where Do I Start?; FDD2004 What’s New on FamilySearch?; LAB0996 Yes!You Can Read That Handwriting! LAB1422 Advanced Evernote for Genealogists; LAB3824 Visual Phasing Workshop
Genealogy. RootsTech can help you get started with, or delve deeper into, your genealogy and help you discover your ancestry. From helpful genealogy sites to the latest genealogy technology, the resources below can help you find your family in the genealogy records of the world.