African American Newspapers -      Getting all the clues                       Thomas Jay Kemp                     Genealo...
African American Newspaper Collection 1827-1999 – 264 Titles – Largest Collection Online
African American Newspaper Collection 1827-1999 – 264 Titles – Largest Collection Online
◦ Over 1 billion names◦ Over 5,850 newspapers   All 50 states   1690 to today◦ Over 263,000 rare books &  documents◦ 211...
GenealogyBank
Obituaries -
Obituaries -    Full name
Obituaries -    Full name    Name of Spouse
Obituaries -    Full name    Name of Spouse    Date, place and     cause of death
Obituaries -    Full name    Name of Spouse    Date, place and     cause of death    Date and place of     birth
Obituaries -    Full name    Name of Spouse    Date, place and     cause of death    Date and place of     birth    D...
Obituaries -    Full name              Names of relatives    Name of Spouse    Date, place and     cause of death    ...
Obituaries -    Full name              Names of relatives    Name of Spouse         Name of cemetery    Date, place a...
Obituaries -    Full name              Names of relatives    Name of Spouse         Name of cemetery    Date, place a...
Obituaries -    Full name              Names of relatives    Name of Spouse         Name of cemetery    Date, place a...
The Weekly Defiance (Atlanta, Georgia)           24 October 1882          Weekly newspaper
Let’s see a typical obituary -                 Weekly Defiance (Atlanta, Georgia)                     26 February 1883, pa...
Let’s see a typical obituary -                   Weekly Defiance (Georgia)                   26 February 1883, page 3.
Let’s see a typical obituary -   Name                       Weekly Defiance (Georgia)                       26 February 1...
Let’s see a typical obituary -   Name   Cause of Death                       Weekly Defiance (Georgia)                  ...
Let’s see a typical obituary -   Name   Cause of Death   “a week ago”     “last Friday”                       Weekly De...
Let’s see a typical obituary -   Name   Cause of Death   “a week ago”     “last Friday”   Newspaper was      Weekly De...
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Let’s see a typical obituary -   Name   Cause of Death   “a week ago”     “last Friday”                       Weekly De...
Let’s see a typical obituary -   Name   Cause of Death   “a week ago”     “last Friday”   Grand United       Weekly De...
Let’s see a typical obituary -   Name   Cause of Death   “a week ago”     “last Friday”   GU Odd Fellows     Weekly De...
Let’s see a typical obituary -   Name   Cause of Death   “a week ago”     “last Friday”   GU Odd Fellows         Weekl...
Let’s see a typical obituary -                   Weekly Defiance (Georgia)                   26 February 1883, page 3.
Let’s see a typical obituary -   Mother   Sister                       Weekly Defiance (Georgia)                       2...
Let’s see a typical obituary -    Mother    Sister   Star of South Lodge      Grand United                          Wee...
Atlanta Age (Georgia)   13 January 1900 Weekly newspaper
Mrs. Mary Stamps                        Atlanta Age (Georgia)                       13 January 1900, page 2
Mrs. Mary Stamps   Name
Mrs. Mary Stamps   Name   Granddaughters    ◦ Predeceased her    ◦ Same cemetery
Mrs. Mary Stamps   Name   Granddaughters    ◦ Predeceased her    ◦ Same cemetery   Great-granddaughter    ◦ Specific ad...
Mrs. Mary Stamps   Name   Granddaughters    ◦ Predeceased her    ◦ Same cemetery   Great-granddaughter    ◦ Specific ad...
Mrs. Mary Stamps   Name   Granddaughters    ◦ Predeceased her    ◦ Same cemetery   Great-granddaughter    ◦ Specific ad...
The Topeka Call (Kansas)       1 May 1892   Weekly newspaper
The Topeka Call (Kansas)       1 May 1892   Weekly newspaper
The Broad Ax (Chicago, IL)       21 April 1917    Weekly newspaper
…. Papers Please Copy -                Broad Ax (Chicago, Illinois)                   6 March 1909, page 2
The Colored American (Washington, DC)            17 January 1898          Weekly newspaper
A typical marriage notice -
A typical marriage notice -   Who?
A typical marriage notice -   Who?    ◦ Name: Bride    ◦ Name: Groom
A typical marriage notice -   Who?    ◦ Name: Bride    ◦ Name: Groom   What?
A typical marriage notice -   Who?    ◦ Name: Bride    ◦ Name: Groom   What?   When?
A typical marriage notice -   Who?    ◦ Name: Bride    ◦ Name: Groom   What?   When?   Where?
A typical marriage notice -   Who?    ◦ Name: Bride    ◦ Name: Groom   What?   When?   Where?   How?
A typical marriage notice -   Church
A typical marriage notice -   Church   Reception
A typical marriage notice -   Church   Reception   Bride - bio
A typical marriage notice -   Groom – bio
A typical marriage notice -   Groom – bio   Born in SC
A typical marriage notice -   Groom – bio   Born in SC   Approx. Age   How long in DC
A typical marriage notice -   Groom – bio   Born in SC   Approx. Age   How long in DC   Work history
A typical marriage notice -   Groom – bio   Born in SC   Approx. Age   How long in DC   Work history   Honor & Trust
A typical marriage notice -   Not seeing:    ◦ Parent’s Names    ◦ Other Family
A typical marriage notice -
   Out of area –    Yonkers, New York   Bridesmaids, Maid of    Honor, flower girl –    all named
Births -
The Western Outlook (San Francisco, CA)            2 October 1915           Weekly newspaper
Births -           Western Outlook (San Francisco, Cal.)                  2 October 1915, page 3.
The Topeka Call (Kansas)       1 May 1892   Weekly newspaper
Births -           The Topeka Call (Kansas)              1 May 1892, page 1
Births -   Name           The Topeka Call (Kansas)              1 May 1892, page 1
Births -   Name   Address              The Topeka Call (Kansas)                 1 May 1892, page 1
Births -   Name   Address   Attendees                The Topeka Call (Kansas)                   1 May 1892, page 1
Births -   Gifts   Giver Names
The Colored American (Washington, DC)            17 January 1898          Weekly newspaper
Biographical Sketches -               Colored American (Washington, DC)                     10 January 1903, page 1
The Broad Ax (Chicago, IL)       21 April 1917    Weekly newspaper
Portraits            Broad Ax (Chicago, Illinois)                21 April 1917, page 4
The Western Outlook (San Francisco, CA)            2 October 1915           Weekly newspaper
Local Briefs – family news -
Local Briefs – family news -
Local Briefs – family news -
Local Briefs – family news -
Huntsville Gazette (Huntsville, Georgia)            5 November 1881          Weekly newspaper
Family Reunions -
Family Reunions -
The Bee (Washington, DC)       6 June 1914   Weekly newspaper
Legal Notices -
Legal Notices -   Probate Court
Legal Notices -   Probate Court   Name of Deceased
Legal Notices -   Probate Court   Name of Deceased   Case Number
Practical Tips -
Practical Tips -
Practical Tips -
Practical Tips
Practical Tips -
Practical Tips -
Practical Tips
Practical Tips -                   ◦ Try Surname Search First
Practical Tips -
Practical Tips -
Practical Tips -
Practical Tips -                   ◦ Try Surname Search First                    ◦ Add first name
Practical Tips -                   ◦ Try Surname Search First                    ◦ Add first name                     Add...
Practical Tips -                   ◦ Try Surname Search First                    ◦ Add first name                      Ad...
Practical Tips -
Can You Read This?  i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty     uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.  The phaonmneal pweor of th...
What do you have on Grace (Toms) Stewart – who    was born and married in Stamford, CT?What do we know about her?Her maide...
Search for Grace Stewart    = Over 3,500 hits
Search for Grace Stewart       = Over 3,500 hitsJust Recent Obituaries = 167 hits
Search for Grace Stewart       = Over 3,500 hitsJust Recent Obituaries = 167 hits    Limit to CT only = None
Search for Charles Stewart     = Over 700 hits Just CT Obituaries = 1 hit
Not him
New Search for Grace Stewart  Adding “Stamford” to the   Extra search terms box     Just One Obituary
It was her:
Grace M. Stewart, 93, …. died of pneumonia Feb. 1at the Collingswood Nursing …Center, Rockville, MD        “…a native of S...
African American Newspaper Collection 1827-1999 – 264 Titles – Largest Collection Online
African American Newspaper Collection 1827-1999 – 264 Titles – Largest Collection Online
We have never had this level of       access before
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Learn how to trace your African American ancestry using online genealogy resources. This PowerPoint presentation provides a case study demonstrating how to use historical newspapers to gather clues to trace your black American family roots.

Discover how to use records commonly found in old newspapers to find your black ancestors. Types of genealogy records covered in the PPT deck include birth records, marriage records, obituaries and more. It's a great day for genealogy!

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Genealogy Research with African American Newspapers - GenealogyBank

  1. 1. African American Newspapers - Getting all the clues Thomas Jay Kemp GenealogyBank.com
  2. 2. African American Newspaper Collection 1827-1999 – 264 Titles – Largest Collection Online
  3. 3. African American Newspaper Collection 1827-1999 – 264 Titles – Largest Collection Online
  4. 4. ◦ Over 1 billion names◦ Over 5,850 newspapers  All 50 states  1690 to today◦ Over 263,000 rare books & documents◦ 211 million obituaries & death records
  5. 5. GenealogyBank
  6. 6. Obituaries -
  7. 7. Obituaries -  Full name
  8. 8. Obituaries -  Full name  Name of Spouse
  9. 9. Obituaries -  Full name  Name of Spouse  Date, place and cause of death
  10. 10. Obituaries -  Full name  Name of Spouse  Date, place and cause of death  Date and place of birth
  11. 11. Obituaries -  Full name  Name of Spouse  Date, place and cause of death  Date and place of birth  Date and place of marriage
  12. 12. Obituaries -  Full name  Names of relatives  Name of Spouse  Date, place and cause of death  Date and place of birth  Date and place of marriage
  13. 13. Obituaries -  Full name  Names of relatives  Name of Spouse  Name of cemetery  Date, place and cause of death  Date and place of birth  Date and place of marriage
  14. 14. Obituaries -  Full name  Names of relatives  Name of Spouse  Name of cemetery  Date, place and  Name of clergy and cause of death their denomination  Date and place of birth  Date and place of marriage
  15. 15. Obituaries -  Full name  Names of relatives  Name of Spouse  Name of cemetery  Date, place and  Name of clergy and cause of death their denomination  Date and place of  Occupation birth  Education  Date and place of  Social groups marriage
  16. 16. The Weekly Defiance (Atlanta, Georgia) 24 October 1882 Weekly newspaper
  17. 17. Let’s see a typical obituary - Weekly Defiance (Atlanta, Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  18. 18. Let’s see a typical obituary - Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  19. 19. Let’s see a typical obituary - Name Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  20. 20. Let’s see a typical obituary - Name Cause of Death Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  21. 21. Let’s see a typical obituary - Name Cause of Death “a week ago” “last Friday” Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  22. 22. Let’s see a typical obituary - Name Cause of Death “a week ago” “last Friday” Newspaper was Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3. published 26 February 1883
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  25. 25. Let’s see a typical obituary - Name Cause of Death “a week ago” “last Friday” Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  26. 26. Let’s see a typical obituary - Name Cause of Death “a week ago” “last Friday” Grand United Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3. Order of Odd Fellows
  27. 27. Let’s see a typical obituary - Name Cause of Death “a week ago” “last Friday” GU Odd Fellows Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3. Jacksonville, FL
  28. 28. Let’s see a typical obituary - Name Cause of Death “a week ago” “last Friday” GU Odd Fellows Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3. Jacksonville, FL Atlanta, GA – Bethel AME Church
  29. 29. Let’s see a typical obituary - Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  30. 30. Let’s see a typical obituary - Mother Sister Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  31. 31. Let’s see a typical obituary - Mother Sister Star of South Lodge Grand United Weekly Defiance (Georgia) Order of Odd 26 February 1883, page 3. Fellows
  32. 32. Atlanta Age (Georgia) 13 January 1900 Weekly newspaper
  33. 33. Mrs. Mary Stamps Atlanta Age (Georgia) 13 January 1900, page 2
  34. 34. Mrs. Mary Stamps Name
  35. 35. Mrs. Mary Stamps Name Granddaughters ◦ Predeceased her ◦ Same cemetery
  36. 36. Mrs. Mary Stamps Name Granddaughters ◦ Predeceased her ◦ Same cemetery Great-granddaughter ◦ Specific address
  37. 37. Mrs. Mary Stamps Name Granddaughters ◦ Predeceased her ◦ Same cemetery Great-granddaughter ◦ Specific address Church – 20 years
  38. 38. Mrs. Mary Stamps Name Granddaughters ◦ Predeceased her ◦ Same cemetery Great-granddaughter ◦ Specific address Church – 20 years South View Cemetery
  39. 39. The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892 Weekly newspaper
  40. 40. The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892 Weekly newspaper
  41. 41. The Broad Ax (Chicago, IL) 21 April 1917 Weekly newspaper
  42. 42. …. Papers Please Copy - Broad Ax (Chicago, Illinois) 6 March 1909, page 2
  43. 43. The Colored American (Washington, DC) 17 January 1898 Weekly newspaper
  44. 44. A typical marriage notice -
  45. 45. A typical marriage notice - Who?
  46. 46. A typical marriage notice - Who? ◦ Name: Bride ◦ Name: Groom
  47. 47. A typical marriage notice - Who? ◦ Name: Bride ◦ Name: Groom What?
  48. 48. A typical marriage notice - Who? ◦ Name: Bride ◦ Name: Groom What? When?
  49. 49. A typical marriage notice - Who? ◦ Name: Bride ◦ Name: Groom What? When? Where?
  50. 50. A typical marriage notice - Who? ◦ Name: Bride ◦ Name: Groom What? When? Where? How?
  51. 51. A typical marriage notice - Church
  52. 52. A typical marriage notice - Church Reception
  53. 53. A typical marriage notice - Church Reception Bride - bio
  54. 54. A typical marriage notice - Groom – bio
  55. 55. A typical marriage notice - Groom – bio Born in SC
  56. 56. A typical marriage notice - Groom – bio Born in SC Approx. Age How long in DC
  57. 57. A typical marriage notice - Groom – bio Born in SC Approx. Age How long in DC Work history
  58. 58. A typical marriage notice - Groom – bio Born in SC Approx. Age How long in DC Work history Honor & Trust
  59. 59. A typical marriage notice - Not seeing: ◦ Parent’s Names ◦ Other Family
  60. 60. A typical marriage notice -
  61. 61.  Out of area – Yonkers, New York Bridesmaids, Maid of Honor, flower girl – all named
  62. 62. Births -
  63. 63. The Western Outlook (San Francisco, CA) 2 October 1915 Weekly newspaper
  64. 64. Births - Western Outlook (San Francisco, Cal.) 2 October 1915, page 3.
  65. 65. The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892 Weekly newspaper
  66. 66. Births - The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892, page 1
  67. 67. Births - Name The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892, page 1
  68. 68. Births - Name Address The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892, page 1
  69. 69. Births - Name Address Attendees The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892, page 1
  70. 70. Births - Gifts Giver Names
  71. 71. The Colored American (Washington, DC) 17 January 1898 Weekly newspaper
  72. 72. Biographical Sketches - Colored American (Washington, DC) 10 January 1903, page 1
  73. 73. The Broad Ax (Chicago, IL) 21 April 1917 Weekly newspaper
  74. 74. Portraits Broad Ax (Chicago, Illinois) 21 April 1917, page 4
  75. 75. The Western Outlook (San Francisco, CA) 2 October 1915 Weekly newspaper
  76. 76. Local Briefs – family news -
  77. 77. Local Briefs – family news -
  78. 78. Local Briefs – family news -
  79. 79. Local Briefs – family news -
  80. 80. Huntsville Gazette (Huntsville, Georgia) 5 November 1881 Weekly newspaper
  81. 81. Family Reunions -
  82. 82. Family Reunions -
  83. 83. The Bee (Washington, DC) 6 June 1914 Weekly newspaper
  84. 84. Legal Notices -
  85. 85. Legal Notices - Probate Court
  86. 86. Legal Notices - Probate Court Name of Deceased
  87. 87. Legal Notices - Probate Court Name of Deceased Case Number
  88. 88. Practical Tips -
  89. 89. Practical Tips -
  90. 90. Practical Tips -
  91. 91. Practical Tips
  92. 92. Practical Tips -
  93. 93. Practical Tips -
  94. 94. Practical Tips
  95. 95. Practical Tips - ◦ Try Surname Search First
  96. 96. Practical Tips -
  97. 97. Practical Tips -
  98. 98. Practical Tips -
  99. 99. Practical Tips - ◦ Try Surname Search First ◦ Add first name
  100. 100. Practical Tips - ◦ Try Surname Search First ◦ Add first name  Add year
  101. 101. Practical Tips - ◦ Try Surname Search First ◦ Add first name  Add year ◦ Try abbreviations ◦ William ◦ Wm. ◦ Bill
  102. 102. Practical Tips -
  103. 103. Can You Read This? i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch atCmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dsenot mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rsetcan be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
  104. 104. What do you have on Grace (Toms) Stewart – who was born and married in Stamford, CT?What do we know about her?Her maiden name: Grace TomsBorn: abt1896 in Stamford, CTSpouse: Charles StewartOther: “Toms” family lived/died in Stamford area.
  105. 105. Search for Grace Stewart = Over 3,500 hits
  106. 106. Search for Grace Stewart = Over 3,500 hitsJust Recent Obituaries = 167 hits
  107. 107. Search for Grace Stewart = Over 3,500 hitsJust Recent Obituaries = 167 hits Limit to CT only = None
  108. 108. Search for Charles Stewart = Over 700 hits Just CT Obituaries = 1 hit
  109. 109. Not him
  110. 110. New Search for Grace Stewart Adding “Stamford” to the Extra search terms box Just One Obituary
  111. 111. It was her:
  112. 112. Grace M. Stewart, 93, …. died of pneumonia Feb. 1at the Collingswood Nursing …Center, Rockville, MD “…a native of Stamford, Conn. …” “Her husband, Charles Stewart, died in 1920.” Washington Post – 4 Feb 1992
  113. 113. African American Newspaper Collection 1827-1999 – 264 Titles – Largest Collection Online
  114. 114. African American Newspaper Collection 1827-1999 – 264 Titles – Largest Collection Online
  115. 115. We have never had this level of access before
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