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 31 – Use Elephind for Genealogy

  On Day 31 of Family History Month, use Elephind for genealogy research. Elephind is a free, historical newspaper site that is able to search across more than 3,000 newspaper titles at 25 institutions. The website has a very clean design and is easy to use.         Elephind includes titles from Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States. They have a specific list of titles from each country on their site. As well as institutions they are able to search (in the image below).     Elephind has some standard search features you'll want to use including: using the OR search operator if multiple words don't need to be in the same search result using the - search operator to exclude a word Madison -James would return mentions of "Madison" but not mentions of "James Madison" this is helpful if you're searching for an ancestor, James Wells, and see tons of articles with someone of the same …
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#FamilyHistoryMonth Day 8 – The British Newspaper Archive for UK research

  For #FamilyHistoryMonth Day 8, check out The British Newspaper Archive for UK research. There are both fee and free options so keep reading and learn how to use it to your advantage for free.   "The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over the next 10 years." It's free to search and you'll see snippets from each paper where they find a "hit". If you want to read the entire article you'll need a subscription plan. Don't stop here, I'm going to show you the subscription options, but you don't have to subscribe to benefit! You can always do free, unlimited searches. If you decide it's worth it to see the entire article, choose a subscription plan, including a pay as you go option.   Now, for how you can benefit from free searches. I did a quick search for a Welsh ancestor, Sophia Webber, from Monmouthshire. I'v…
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