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Black Roots: A Beginners Guide To Tracing The African American Family Tree

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2003

    No Great Help!

    I began seriously researching my family history roughly three years ago. Being African American I was and still am aware of the difficulties in finding some records. When I came across Mr. Burroughs' book I knew there was hope. I knew my time had come. My enthusiasm however was short lived once I realized that Mr. Burroughs already had in his possession many of the items the rest of us don't even dare hope for. Mr. Burroughs owned the proverbial "family trunk." It was almost as if one of his relatives back in the 1800's knew the author was going to be born so an angel was dispatched to "deliver the goods." For example, Mr. Burroughs had a copy of an insurance policy for a family member dated 1901,(yeah, right, I'm sure I'll find one too.), he also had a 1950 chauffer's license for another family member. Come on now, what are the chances of this happening for the "rest of us?" I don't even have a picture of my parents as children. It just didn't seem to me that he had to "work" all that hard. Sure, I got a couple of pieces of good information, but for the most part I was SORELY DISSAPOINTED. I will continue in my quest to bring my ancestors together.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Outstanding Research Tool ... A Must for Genealogist!!!!

    For any person of African American descent ... a must for your library!!! An outstanding source of information on how to conduct genealogical research.

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