Finding Your African American Ancestors, A Beginner's Guide, by David T. Thackery; 152 pg; Paperback; ISBN: 9780916489908; Item TP906
Although the search for African American ancestry prior to the Civil War is challenging, the difficulties are not always insurmountable. Finding Your African American Ancestors takes you through your ancestors’ transition from slavery to freedom, giving you the details you need to find them using the federal census, plantation records, and other helpful sources.
The book also considers possible ways to locate runaway slave advertisements, to identify an ancestor’s military regiment, and to access the valuable information from the Freedman’s Savings and Trust records. In addition, it is filled with case studies that are both interesting and informative, and has a thorough bibliography.