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.
I found the book to be one of the most valuable pieces of information regarding my genealogy research.
This book is extremely well written, illustrated, and organized; suitable for use for individual study as well as classroom use.
I volunteer at a genealogy library and was searching for a beginner's book for African American research.
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 8 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 14 months ago 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 15 months ago by Donna Blalock
This is an excellent source or guide to genealogy. Marriages, filing and outlines just to name a few. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Imogene
This, too, is a valuable resource and will be useful to me in a variety of situations. It will spur me on to
explore family history.
I bought this book when it first was published in 2000. It really assisted me in starting my research but now I have been able to research past 1870 and identify two of my... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Doganr
This is a very useful book for anyone ready to explore their African American roots. Tony Burroughs provides an honest and straight forward approach to beginning this type of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by LaJoy Y. Mosby
I was extremely satisfied with this book. Mr. Burroughs gave many suggestions that proved extremely valuable. I would highly recommend this book.Published on April 13, 2011 by SAW