First Steps: African-American Genealogy

YOU’LL LOVE THIS IF

  • You’re ready to begin exploring your African-American roots
  • You’re looking for specific tips and research strategies for tracing your African-American ancestors
  • You aren’t sure how to get started in your African-American genealogy search

Our First Steps series of courses are designed to help beginning genealogists develop a solid foundation of research skills. In this course, you’ll learn the basics of conducting research on African-American genealogy.

Those with African ancestry and roots in America face some unique challenges in documenting and telling their family story. Key steps in African-American research include taking a thorough and critical look at resources from elders, from the family home and from public records. This course will address capturing and using oral history, exploring public records, and researching the African-American community.

Tuition:

$39.99 ($35.99 for VIP)

Course Length:

2 Weeks

Instructor:

Lisa A. Alzo

DEVELOPED BY:

Angela Walton-Raji

Start Date:

View upcoming course schedule for dates.


WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Tips for interviewing your elders, including useful questions, recording equipment, and advice on what you should hope to capture
  • What African-American records are available and where to find them, from a breakdown of census records to vital and military records
  • Details on the various populations in which African-American communities can be found, including Native American records, Freedom Era records and records prior to the Civil War

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy and have done some investigation into your family history. If you are a total beginner, consider taking the Discover Your Family Tree course before enrolling in this class.

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