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United States go to African American Research go to Internet Sources

At the end of class each student will be able to:

I. Use important parts of to find African American ancestors.

A. Use the online FamilySearch Catalog Place Search to find sources, especially births, marriages, & deaths. Open, click FamilySearch Catalog.
1. Use Place Search to find records of towns, counties, or states.
a. Explain how to use the topic Minorities with the Place Search.
b. Explain how to use the topic Slavery and bondage with the Place Search.
2. Use Surname Search to find family histories.
3. Explain how the Keyword, Title, Film/Fiche, Author, & Call Number searches are used.
4. Use the Subject Search with phrases like African Americans, Blacks, and Slaves.
B. Explain the value and find (1) the United States Research Wiki article, (2) Search this Wiki for the state, or nation you need and notice the topics listed.
C. Explain the value and find the African American (1) Quick Guide and (2) Part A on the Internet. Open Wiki.FamilySearch, Type in African American and select the page of the state you are searching .
D. Explain what FHL Internet Favorites are. Use “Minorities” and “Slavery and Bondage” folders in FHL Internet Favorites.
E. Use the Social Security Death Index and send for Social Security card application papers.

II. Use online census indexes to find African American ancestors.

A. Use online census indexes and make census image prints
B. Use the 1870 census to find candidates for former slave owners (Quick Guide p. 4)

III. Use Reconstruction era online sources to find African American ancestors.

A. Find and use Freedman’s Savings and Trust Records. African American Freedmen's Bureau Records
B. Find and use Freedman’s Bureau records online and at the Family History Library.
C. Find the Southern Claims Commission Records Internet site and describe how to use them.
D. Find and use Access Genealogy.

IV. Use military online sources to find African American ancestors.

A. Find records of African Americans who served in the American Civil War.
B. Find African Americans in the online World War I Draft Registration records.

V. Use FHL Favorites or Google to find vital records offices, and funeral homes.

A. Find addresses and telephone numbers of vital records offices on the Internet.
B. Find vital record birth, marriage, or death indexes on the Internet.
C. Find addresses and telephone numbers of funeral homes on the Internet.
D. Find cemetery or funeral home record indexes on the Internet.


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