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Genealogical Research

An overview of resources available at Swem Library for Genealogists along with ideas for other places to conduct research in the area.

Researching African-American Families

Because of America's long history of slavery and the lax record keeping of vital statistics of slaves, researching African-American ancestors presents many unique and difficult challenges. However, numerous books have been written to assist in the research of ancestors, and many of the records that do exist, especially government records, have been indexed and/or digitized. This page has a few examples, though is by no means exhaustive. Please consult some of the books for more assistance and additional resources.

Guides to African American Genealogy Research

Selected Slave Records

Selected Freedmen's Records and Other Sources