Researching African American families can be present unique challenges to the genealogical process. Census records can vary from one decade to another sometimes identifying persons of color in unique ways. Meanwhile local records are sometimes separated by race, producing unique volumes, while others will sometimes present the whole community in the same volume, but will place African Americans in a certain place in the volume.The focus of this session is to discuss various strategies to employ to get around some of those hurdles. Included will be illustrations of how to use databases to find as many people as possible. In addition, the workshop will illustrated effective methods of placing queries in search engines to obtain data on the largest part of the desired population.
About our Speaker
Angela Y. Walton Raji is known nationally for her research and work on Oklahoma Native American records. Her book Black Indian Genealogy Research is the only book of its kind focusing on the unique Freedmen Records found within the Dawes Records. She also includes several chapters and documents in her book, focusing on the records that reflect Blended Families---African and Native American families in many households. Among other accomplishments, she is a founding member of the AfriGeneas.com website, writes 4 blogs: www.africanrootspodcast.com, www.myancestorsname.blogspot.com,www.african-nativeamerican.com, www.usctchronicle.blogspot.com; and has the following Websites:
www.beginninggenealogist.com, www.arkansasfreedmen.com, www.african-nativeamerican.com.