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Black Roots: A Beginners Guide To Tracing The African American Family Tree Paperback – February 6, 2001
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Using case histories as examples, Burroughs outlines six phases of African American genealogy: oral histories; family research to 1870; the identification of the last slave owner; the research of the owner's background; a trip to Africa; and research in Canada and the Caribbean. Burroughs shows how to research birth, marriage, and death certificates; obituaries; social security records; and even trace histories in other countries and across racial lines. With over 100 illustrations, photographs of real documents, and sample worksheets, Burroughs has put together a comprehensive guide for prospective genealogists. "Now that you have assumed the position of family historian, remember that it comes with responsibilities," he writes. "You are entrusted with the responsibility to trace your family history thoroughly and accurately." After all, your descendents are counting on you. --Eugene Holley Jr.
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Black Roots borders on over-kill; so, readers who shy away from intensity may not get beyond the first twenty-five pages. Mr. Burroughs states that his book is limited in scope, yet he leaves no stone unturned. His dictate for scientific methodology, discipline and tenacity throughout, may be somewhat intimidating to the faint hearted new researcher who thinks genealogy is "merely a hobby". Although he shares plenty of motivational lifts such as "Have fun and Don't give up", some may not see any amusement in the phrase,"the study of..." On the other hand, it would be difficult not to be trapped by Mr. Burroughs' fire and passion for the study of...genealogy.
The book validated many of the steps that I had already taken, and offered guidelines for increasing the depth of my research. Moreover, the book walks you from the research gathering stage into the synthesis and publication stages, which seem to be the toughest for all.
As far as African-American genealogy, Mr. Burroughs focuses on the importance of oral history and the special problems of tracing family history through slavery.
I WISH THAT I HAD THIS BOOK WHEN I STARTED! But, I am glad that I have it now.
On the plus side, the book is well organized and written in a language anyone can comprehend. I would highly recommend it to the novice genealogist.
I am, however, still on the search for more intermediate knowledge.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent Book - has helped me find records that I did not know how to find on my ancestors.Published 1 month ago by N. Burns
I like more things about my hometown Chicago. Like the Southwest side of from Racine to Ashland the year of 1967. The homes in the neighborhoods, block by blocks. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LADAWN A. CHALMERS
Very good, but seemed to be mostly 1 family specific and at times is a bit confusing.Published 12 months ago by MARIA HAYDEN
Bought this book a few years ago. Just getting around to catching up on reviews. I have used this book, in conjuction with Ancestry.com. Read morePublished 21 months ago by J.O. Childress
I gave this book as a present. The recipient read the first six chapters and told me he had done everything Tony said not to do. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Hannah Cash
I volunteer at a genealogy library and was searching for a beginner's book for African American research. I asked a lot of questions about where to look for records. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Donna Blalock