Finding African-American Ancestors in Newspapers: Research Strategies for Success

Conducting research on African-Americans ancestors is a challenging proposition and one must use all the available resources. Newspapers can provide a critical link to research success once the genealogist learns some important general knowledge along with a few essential skills. This course will equip you with key background information for newspaper research, expose myths pertaining to the use of white newspapers, give you the skill and confidence to seek out and utilize African-American newspapers, and furnish you with invaluable tips and strategies designed to optimize your success.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Why newspaper research is vital for African-American researchers
  • How to locate newspapers in libraries and archives and online
  • How to find information about your family in black newspapers
  • Strategies for using newspaper indexes

Tuition:

$99.99 ($89.99 for VIP)

Course Length:

4 Weeks

Instructor:

Tim Pinnick

Start Date:

View upcoming course schedule for dates.


PRAISE FOR THIS CLASS

“Course was very enlightening! Not in my wildest dreams did I ever suspect that there were so many Black newspapers in the earlier centuries. I really enjoyed it.”

“The course was great! Very informative with great resources. And the instructor, Tim, was very accessible and helpful when we had questions. “


WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

  • All African-American family historians
  • Anyone who’s had trouble locating information in black newspapers

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • Recommended: Tim Pinnick’s book, Finding and Using African American Newspapers

Outline

Lesson 1: Newspaper Research and the African-American

  • Why Newspaper Research is Important
  • The Myth of White Newspapers
    • What You’ll Find in White Newspapers
  • History of Black Newspapers
    • What You’ll Find in Black Newspapers
  • Other Newspapers of Interest
  • Exercise

Lesson 2: Locating Newspapers

  • Libraries and Archives
    • Local libraries
    • State archives
    • University libraries
  • Online Resources
    • Accessible Archives
    • Chronicling America
    • GenealogyBank
    • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
    • Others
  • Three Important Book-finding Aids
  • Exercise

Lesson 3: Finding Information

  • Basic Newspaper Design
    • Local columns
    • Social columns
    • Social columns in black newspapers
  • The Defender Archives
  • The Abajian Indexes
  • Exercise

Lesson 4: Research Tips and Strategies

  • Bias
  • Migration Events
  • Searching Multiple Newspapers
  • Church News
  • Social and Fraternal Organizations
  • Memorials
  • Special Columns
    • Schools and Colleges
    • Military
  • Exercise

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