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Ten Most Important Points for Beginning Genealogists
1. Know that the records about your family's past are there, and your task is
to find them.
2. Try filling out your first set of genealogy forms -- a five-generation
chart and a family group sheet. That will tell you how much you know and how
much you have to find out from family members.
3. Call or write all important family members to let them know you plan to do
the family's genealogy and you pray for their cooperation in this important
4. This is not a do-it-alone project. Ask a close family member to be your
partner, preferably in the state where ancestors lived.
5. Collect and copy all of your own family's records -- birth marriage, and
death certificates as well as other records.
6. Collect and copy form your parents and grandparents all of their old
records -- old funeral programs, employment records, photos, bible entries,
school or military records.
7. Create an address book of all your relatives who are 50 years old and
over. These are the people you will interview first.
8. If you've done the above things, you have already collected quite a bit of
material. Time to get organized! A small two-drawer filing cabinet in which
you file all your materials is a must.
9. Join a local genealogy society.
10: Try your first set of interviews starting with your parents or
Table of Contents
|A Note About the Photographs||viii|
|Chapter 1||Regaining Our Collective Memory, Reclaiming a Lost Family Tradition||2|
|Chapter 2||Beginning Your Genealogical Pursuit: Defining Family Traditions||16|
|Chapter 3||Techniques and Tools||46|
|Chapter 4||Your Ancestors on Record: The Importance of Documenting the Life Cycle||68|
|Chapter 5||A Place Called Down Home: In Search of the Ancestral Home||96|
|Chapter 6||Unraveling the Ties That Bound: 1870 to 1920||122|
|Chapter 7||Finding Freedom's Generation: Your Ancestors During the Civil War, 1860-1865||146|
|Chapter 8||Close to Kin, But Still Waiting for Forty Acres and a Mule: Searching for Your Ancestors During Reconstruction||170|
|Chapter 9||A Long Way to Freedom: The Genealogy of Your Slave Ancestors||204|
|Chapter 10||The Last Slave and the Last Slave Owner||220|
|Chapter 11||The Records of Slavery||244|
|Chapter 12||Reconstructing Families and Kinship in the Slave Community||276|
|Chapter 13||The Records Freedom Generated||302|
|Chapter 14||The Last African and the First American||324|
|Chapter 15||Conclusion: Family Reunions and Regaining a Collective Memory||346|
|Special Topic 1||Sources for Advanced Research in Slave Genealogy||358|
|Special Topic 2||African American Institutional Records||374|
|Special Topic 3||Caribbean Ancestry||390|
|Special Topic 4||American Indian Ancestry||396|
|Special Topic 5||World Wars I & II||408|
|Special Topic 6||What to do with Your Research: Writing Family Memoirs or the Family Story, and 101 Genealogy Research Projects Waiting to Be Done||416|
|Special Topic 7||A Further Note on County Courthouse Records||430|
|Personal Recordkeeping with Exercises for Beginners||440|
|African American and Genealogy Web Sites||455|
|African American Genealogy Societies in the United States and Canada||458|