African American Genealogy #101

Cover illustration of Louisa Picquet, The Octoroon, {Author} Mattison, Hiram, 1811-1868, Image Courtesy: From The New York Public Library – Public Domain

My relationship with genealogy began in summer 2011 and I cannot get enough of it. Fast-forward I am now headed towards my seventh generation. I believe I have a niche at finding people and a love for accessing documents, reading history, organizing information, and creating digital narrative about ancestral lineages.

I have taken webinars, courses, and now documenting my own family history. I have decided that it will all be a part of my thesis. I am still taking courses to continue updating my skills, research techniques, learning about different databases as a cultural genealogist.

I am now enrolled in three webinars that I will receive a certificate and LEU credits for coming up this spring and heading into the summer. Here are a few courses that I have taken and are open access courses online through various universities and organizations below:

Bringham Young University, Independent Study Courses

Family History / Genealogy — Introductory

FHGEN 070 — Introduction to Family History Research
FHGEN 075 — Writing Family History
FHGEN 080 — Helping Children Love Your Family History

Family History / Genealogy — Record Type

FHREC 071 — Family Records
FHREC 073 — Vital Records
FHREC 076 — Military Records




African American Genealogy Webinars and Workshops

Making a Breakthrough in your African American Research
Archive | Date of Presentation: Tuesday, February 24, 2009

African American research poses unique challenges. That’s why and Wal-Mart have partnered up to present a free, one-hour webinar on researching your Black roots. African American research specialist Marjorie Sholes will take you step-by-step through the process she used to trace one of her own ancestors, showing you the tips and tricks she discovered along the way. In particular, she’ll focus on how to identify slave owners to unlock the history of your slave ancestors. You’ll also learn what resources are available on and elsewhere to aid in your research.

Avoid Traps in African American Genealogy
Archive | Date of Presentation: Thursday, March 11, 2010

Even the most seasoned genealogist can make mistakes, especially when it comes to the complexities of African American research. World-renowned genealogy expert Tony Burroughs has taken wrong paths in his decades of research, but has discovered ways to avoid some common missteps. Benefit from his unique wisdom and experience with as we present “Avoid Traps in African American Genealogy.” This free webinar offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to journey with one of the world’s foremost genealogists and find success as you search for your Black roots.

Access Videos for both presentations via – scroll through list to view presenations here:

Take Me Back to Where I Belong: Transportation Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau

Presented By: Angela Walton-Raji, Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands are full of data reflecting newly freed slaves and their adapting to life after the Civil War. Among the lesser known records are those reflecting the movement of families in the years between 1865 – 1872. Some needed assistance in going back to communities were they were born, others were seeking a chance to begin new lives elsewhere. The records of various field offices vary in how the movement of former slaves were handled and there was no particular pattern in how they were documented. But transportation records reflect amazing data about the first voluntary migration of people of color during those post-Civil War years. This workshop will illustrate the content of these records, and how to locate them in the various Bureau field offices throughout the South.


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