Welcome! The focus of this research guide is to assist those interested in understanding the methodology and resources available in order to effectively conduct African American genealogy research. The guidelines and resources are concentrated on African Americans brought to North America, specifically the United States, by means of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Within this guide you will find tips for beginners on conducting African American Genealogy research and resources that are available mainly at the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture, but also from other parts of the New York Public Library and outside sources as well.
The majority of the resources discussed in this guide are available in the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division (JBH) of the Schomburg Center. This division provides access to, published information by and about people of African descent throughout the world, concentrating on the humanities, social sciences, and the arts with a strong focus on New York City and 20th / 21st century publications. This guide will discuss specific collection items related to African American genealogy, but you can also find: books (including self-published and independently published titles), newspapers (specializing in African American historical newspapers), newsletters, pamphlets, periodicals, microfilm, maps, databases (including genealogy databases), and clippings. To learn more about JBH visit the Guide to the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research & Reference Division.
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