Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama

Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama

A Resource Guide

Book - 2008
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With the upsurge of interest in family heritage in the past few decades, many are seeking records of births, deaths and marriages but are finding it slow going. For African-Americans the search is particularly difficult, in part because reference guides were not available for Alabama. Here Taylor comes to the rescue with this study, based upon her significant experience in the field and many years of lecturing on genealogy. Taylor is particularly qualified to prepare this guide because she is also the head of reference for the Alabama Department of Archives, and the result is a model of organization and comprehensiveness. Particularly impressive is her work on the massive migration of Alabama's freedman to urban areas of Alabama and to northern cities through most of the twentieth century. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Over the past two decades, in workshops and personal consultations, thousands of persons have have received the expertise and knowledge of author Frazine Taylor about Alabama genealogical research. In addition, she has taught the art to hundreds of students. As Dr. James Rose notes, all genealogists looking for the family tree in Alabama sooner or later come across Frazine.And now they have her book, Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide. In the book, she provides the information and guidance to help locate the resources available for researching African American records in archives, libraries, and county courthouses throughout the state. The idea for this guidebook rose out of her lecturing throughout the country and having noticed that reference guides on African American family history resources seemed to exist for every state except Alabama. This was regrettable not merely for researchers on African American history in Alabama. In fact, Alabama’s records play an especially important role in U.S. family history research because of the migration patterns of Alabama’s freedmen, first to urban areas of Alabama and then to northern cities, a trend that continued throughout the first part of the twentieth century.

Publisher: Montgomery : NewSouth Books, c2008
ISBN: 9781603060448
Branch Call Number: 976.1 T213r
Characteristics: 167 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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