African American Genealogy Research

In honor of Black History Month and the contributions made by African Americans, here are curated files of African American Family History resources. These have been set up in digitally tabbed file folders--just select a tab and the file contents will be displayed.   LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and Kunta Kinte of the 1977 "Roots" miniseries) gave a powerful keynote address at last year's RootsTech. Maybe you had to be there or maybe you had to have lived in America in the 70s when almost every household, probably with an average of ten TV channels, tuned in to watch Roots. When parents were torn between "is this too graphic for the kids" and "is this too important to not let them see?" Burton summed it up perfectly when he said 'one family's story changed how America saw slavery' and that every story mattered. Black History Month celebrates all African Americans. From the first African American president to the most humble slave narrat…
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Family History Month Day 26 – Try a Country-Specific Google Search

Revisiting an old blog post today, on Day 26 of Family History Month, try a country-specific Google Search for your genealogy searches. Searching as if you were actually in a certain country can result in different search returns.       By default, Google searches are localized and you'll get different results based on where you're located. But you can tell Google to perform searches as if you were in a different locale. If you live in the United States but are searching for an ancestor in Ireland, select the Ireland Google Search Engine from the table below for your research. When I searched for my ancestor "Edward M. Morphy" at google.com, I had 155 search results (image below).       When I search for my ancestor, "Edward M. Morphy" at google.ie (Google Ireland), I receive 2,250 search results (image below). (I also get a privacy warning. If you search in another country it appears that Google is required to post a priv…
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Family History Month Day 24 – Set Google Alerts

    On Day 24 of Family History Month, let Google do your research and email you the results. You just need to set up some Google Alerts.         I set up a Google Alert for "Family History Month" and here's an example of an email I received (image below).  

      To set up your own alerts, go to https://google.com/alerts. The image below is what you will see when you're on the Google Alerts page. They offer "Alert suggestions" you may want to look through.         Some things you may want to create Google Alerts for include: a family name you're researching, surnames, a surname and "DNA", genealogy, family history, genealogy apps, or even your own name. I've created an alert for an ancestor and put his name in quotation marks so Google will only alert me if the entire name appears as I've typed it in the quotation marks. You can s…
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