Beyond the Census: Resources and Records for African American Genealogy Workshop Series

Genealogy Class Project

Take your genealogy research to the next level.

While the U.S. census remains one of the primary ways that a family historian or genealogist traces a family history, it is not the only document that can be used to do this.  A plethora of other records exist which can provide much more information than a census record.   Beyond the Census: Resources and Records for African American Genealogy will provide attendees with the ability to locate and search frequently underutilized records and resources in African ancestored genealogy research.  These records resources can locate and confirm a last slaveholder, confirm of an event (birth, marriage, property purchase, death, etc) or relation, or even a give a bird’s eye view into the life of an ancestor.

Tuesdays (January 29, 2013 to February 26, 2013) from 6:30pm-8:30pm
$35 for entire five class workshop series, $7 per class
Oakland Family Search Library, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland CA 94602


See below for workshop schedule and session descriptions.

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Workshop Schedule and Session Descriptions

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – 6:30pm-8:30pm, Freedmen’s Bureau Records (Instructor: Nicka Smith)

The Freedmen’s Bureau is an often underutilized record set which can lead to confirmation of a last slaveholder and tracing your ancestors before the 1870. Learn about the history of the bureau, it’s organization, and the types of records you can find within the more than 1,600 rolls of microfilm maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 – 6:30pm-8:30pm – Historical Black Newspapers (Instructor: Janice Sellers)

Newspapers can provide incredible amounts of information that will help you in your research. An important aspect of researching black family history is that the major newspapers often did not publish items about members of the black community. Newspapers published by and for the black community stepped up to fill that void. Along with the kinds of things you’d expect — births, marriages, deaths, military service, moves, hobbies, civic involvement, etc. — you can also find stories specific to that community, such as personal ads searching for lost family members and historical reminiscences that include the names of former slave owners.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – 6:30pm-8:30pm – Best of Websites for African American Research (Instructor: Nicka Smith)

With the array of subscription based websites for genealogy, it can get confusing regarding which ones have the best records for African ancestored genealogy research. This workshop will explore the major websites, what they offer, and how to effectively search them and limit results to your ancestors.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 6:30pm-8:30pm – Back Away From the Computer: You’ll Find More Offline (Instructor: Annette Madden)

The online revolution in genealogy has been an immense help to researchers. On the other hand, it’s caused many to forget about the millions of records that do not exist online. This workshop will cover what is available offline and how to access and research with these records in various locations.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – 6:30pm-8:30pm – DNA Research (Instructor: Alvis Ward)

Genetic genealogy is a new and exciting trend in family research. This workshop will delve into the terms used, the tests available, and how to read the results you receive back from a company.

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