African-American Genealogy Books and CDs

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  • African American Genealogical Research: How to Trace Your Family History by Paul R. Begley, Alexia J. Helsley and Steven D. Tuttle (South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
  • African-American Genealogical Sourcebook edited by Paula K. Byers (Gale Group)
  • African American Genealogy: A Bibliography and Guide to Sources by Curt Witcher (Round Tower Books) Available only through publisher, (219) 637-7098.
  • Afro-Americana, 1553-1906 (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)
  • American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan (W.W. Norton & Co.)
  • Bibliographic Checklist of African-American Newspapers by Barbara K. Henritze (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

  • Black Genealogy by Charles Blockson (Black Classic Press)
  • Black Genesis: A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy, 2nd edition, by James M. Rose and Alice Eichholz (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • Black Names in America: Origins and Usage by Newbell Niles Puckett (G.K. Hall)
  • Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree by Tony Burroughs (Simon & Schuster)

  • Cane River by Lalita Tademy (Warner Books)
  • A Comprehensive Name Index for the American Slave by Howard E. Potts (Greenwood Press)
  • Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures by Christine Rose (CR Publications)
  • Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of Black Sailor by William B. Gould IV (Stanford University Press)
  • Family Pride: The Complete Guide to Tracing African-American Genealogy by Donna Beasley (IDG Books Worldwide)
  • Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity by Dee Parmer Woodtor (Random House)
  • Finding Your African-American Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide by David T. Thackery (
  • The First Emancipator: Slavery, Religion, and the Quiet Revolution of Robert Carter by Andrew Levy (Random House)
  • Free African Americans of North Carolina and Virginia by Paul Heinegg (Genealogical Publishing Co., out of print but available online at
  • From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin and Alfred A. Moss Jr. (Knopf)
  • A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your IAfrican-American Ancestors by Emily Anne Croom and Franklin Carter Smith (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • Generations Past: A Selected List of Sources for Afro-American Genealogical Research by Sandra M. Lawson (Library of Congress, out of print)
  • How To Trace Your African-American Roots: Discovering Your Unique History by Barbara Howell (Citadel)
  • In Black and White edited by Mary Mace Spradling (Gale Group); references 21,000 African-American individuals and groups appearing in publications.
  • Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America by Ira Berlin (Belknap Press)
  • Slave Ancestral Research: It’s Something Else by Mary L. Jackson Fears (Heritage Books)
  • Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies by David H. Streets (Heritage Books)
  • Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball (Ballantine Books)
  • A Student’s Guide to African American Genealogy by Anne Johnson (Oryx Press)
  • Your Guide to the Federal Census by Kathleen W. Hinckley (Betterway Books)

CD-ROM Resources

  • African Americans in the 1870 Census: Family Archive CD 165
    ( CD-ROM containing and alphabetical index of approximately 660,000 African-Americans who were enumerated inthe 1870 federal census.
  • Database for the Study of Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1699-1860
    edited by Gwendoly Midlo Hall (Louisiana State University Press) CD-ROM containing searchable database of individual records for 100,000 slaves.
  • Slave Narratives CD-ROM
    (Ancestry) Firsthand accounts of more than 2,300 slaves narrated to researchers in 26 states. Compiled by the Works Progress Administration from 1936-1938. (Also online at the Library of Congress Web site.)
  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: A Database on CD-ROM
    by David Eltis, David Richardson, Herbert S. Klein and Stephen D. Behrendt (Cambridge University Press) Contains records of 25,000 trans-Atlantic slave-ship voyages made between 1595 and 1866 from all over Europe.