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African-American Genealogy
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Handbooks and Manuals
  • "How to Trace Your Family Tree." Ebony 32 (June 1977): 52-54
    • Location(s): Wilson Periodicals
  • Black roots : a beginner's guide to tracing the African American family tree
    • Location(s): UM MORRIS Briggs Library E185.96 .B94 2001 Circulating
    TC Wilson Library E185.96 .B94 2001 Regular Loan
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  • Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy
    • Location(s): UM CROOKSTON Library Books 929.1 So84 1984 Four Week Loan UM DULUTH Library REF CS49 .S65 1984 Non-Circulating TC Andersen Library Immigration History Quarto CS42.7 .S68x 1984 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Quarto CS42.7 .S68x 1984 Regular Loan
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Sources and Guides for African-American Research
  • Black history : a guide to civilian records in the National Archives
    • Location(s): UM MORRIS Briggs Library E185 N576 1984 Circulating
    TC Wilson Library Reference E185 .N58x 1984 Non-Circulating
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • "The Black Freedmen of the Cherokee Nation." Negro History Bulletin 40 (July 1977): 732-35
    • Location(s): Wilson Periodicals
  • "America's Oldest Interracial Community." Negro Digest 6 (July 1948): 21-24
    • Location(s): Wilson Periodicals
  • "Black History, Oral History and Genealogy." Oral History Review (1973): 1-25
    • Location(s): Wilson Periodicals
  • Black history : a guide to civilian records in the National Archives
    • Location(s): UM MORRIS Briggs Library E185 N576 1984 Circulating
    TC Wilson Library Reference E185 .N58x 1984 Non-Circulating
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • Free African Americans of North Carolina and Virginia : including the family histories of more than 80% of those counted as
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library E185.96 .H48 1994 Regular Loan
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  • "Documentary Evidence of the Relations of Negroes and Indians." Journal of Negro History 14 (January 1929): 21-43
    • Location(s): Wilson Periodicals
  • Generations past : a selected list of sources for Afro-American genealogical research
    • Location(s): UM DULUTH Library GovDoc LC 1.12/2:AF 8/4 Regular Loan
    TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) LC 1.12/2:Af 8/4 Regular Loan
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • African-American mosaic : a Library of Congress resource guide for the study of Black history and culture
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) LC 1.6/4:AF 8 Regular Loan
    TC Wilson Library Borchert Map (Desk Ref) E184.6 .L47x 1993 Non-Circulating
    TC Wilson Library Reference E184.6 .L47x 1993 Non-Circulating
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  • List of Free Black Heads of Families in the First Census of the United States 1790, Special List No. 34
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) Mfiche AE 1.115:34 In Process
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • Black history : a guide to civilian records in the National Archives
    • Location(s): UM MORRIS Briggs Library E185 N576 1984 Circulating
    TC Wilson Library Reference E185 .N58x 1984 Non-Circulating
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • "Black Genealogy." North Carolina Historical Review 55 (April 1978): 164-73
    • Location(s): Wilson Periodicals
  • Directory of Afro-American resources
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto E184.7 .R33x 1970 Non-Circulating
    IN STORAGE: MN Lib Access Ctr 016.973 R114 9ZAR10D10S13THR Regular Loan
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  • Scarupa, Harriet Jackson. "Black Genealogy." Essence 7 (July 1976): 56
    • Location(s): Wilson Periodicals
  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
    The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War.
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Biographical Sources
  • Black Biography, 1790-1950 : A Cumulative Index
    Index to the 297 titles included in the microfilm set entitled Black biographical dictionaries, 1790-1950.
    Cf. v. 3, p. 3. Includes bibliographical references (v. 3, p. 3-14) and indexes.
    • Location(s): Wilson Library Reference Quarto E185.96 .B505x 1991 Non-Circulating
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  • Black Americans in Autobiography; An Annotated Bibliography of Autobiographies and Autobiographical Books written since the Civil War
    • Location(s): Wilson Library Reference E185.96 .B825x 1984 Non-Circulating
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Newspaper and Periodical Sources
Go to Current Newspapers Subscriptions in Wilson Library for a list of what is currently available; check MNCAT for archival collection.
  • Antebellum Black newspapers : indices to New York Freedom's journal (1827-1829), The Rights of all (1829), The Weekly advocate (1837), and The Colored American (1837-1841)
    • Location(s): TC Journalism Library E185.5 .J33 Regular Loan
    TC Wilson Library Reference E185.5 .J33 Non-Circulating
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  • Newspapers and periodicals by and about Black people : southeastern library holdings
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference E185.5 .N6x 1978 Non-Circulating
    IN STORAGE: MN Lib Access Ctr Z1361.N39 N67 1978 9ZAR07D43S02TPO Regular Loan
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Searching MNCAT

You can use MNCAT, the University Libraries' computerized catalog, to search for specific subjects. The following are some examples of useful subject terms for genealogists; other examples are found in the Library of Congress Subject Headings books located in Wilson Reference. For example:

african american newspapers
african american [religion] e.g., afro-american baptists, afro-american methodists,
african american pentecostal churches
african american soldiers
african american women--biography
african americans
african americans--bibliography--catalogs
african americans--biography
african americans--genealogy
african americans--history--archival resources
african americans--history--sources
african americans--names
african americans--periodicals
african americans--[state]
amistad (schooner)
biography
biography--indexes
blacks--names
emancipation--united states
freedmen
fugitive slaves
fugitive slaves--united states
fugitive slaves--[state]
genealogy
names, personal--africa
plantation life--[state]
plantations--[state]
reconstruction--[state]
slaveholders--[state]
slavery--southern states
slavery--[state]
slaves
slaves--southern states
slaves--[state]
slaves--united states
slave narrative (do a keyword search for this term)
underground railroad
united states army--african american troops
united states--history--civil war, 1861-1865--african american
united states--history--revolution, 1775-1783--participation, african american
women slaves


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Internet Resources

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