From Library Journal
Beasley can trace her family back to 1790, but it has taken her 14 years to do so. The story of how she succeeded, this book illustrates how her steps can be followed by other amateur genealogists. In separate chapters, Beasley discusses getting started; using oral history, the census, church, manumission records and records from the Freedman's Bureau and the Negro baseball leagues, and searching the Internet. She provides instructions on how to conduct the search, gather findings, and publish the finished manuscript. Three chapters address specifically periods of slavery and freedom and the African connection. Six appendixes provide useful details on African American historical and genealogical societies, libraries and consulates, family information forms, and more. Along with Anne E. Johnson's A Student's Guide to African American Genealogy (Oryx, 1996) and African American Genealogical Sourcebook (Gale, 1995), this work should be in all comprehensive genealogy libraries.?Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress
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