Genealogy Research with African American Newspapers - GenealogyBank

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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 …

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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  • 1. African American Newspapers - Getting all the clues Thomas Jay Kemp GenealogyBank.com
  • 2. African American Newspaper Collection 1827-1999 – 264 Titles – Largest Collection Online
  • 3. African American Newspaper Collection 1827-1999 – 264 Titles – Largest Collection Online
  • 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. GenealogyBank
  • 6. Obituaries -
  • 7. Obituaries -  Full name
  • 8. Obituaries -  Full name  Name of Spouse
  • 9. Obituaries -  Full name  Name of Spouse  Date, place and cause of death
  • 10. Obituaries -  Full name  Name of Spouse  Date, place and cause of death  Date and place of birth
  • 11. Obituaries -  Full name  Name of Spouse  Date, place and cause of death  Date and place of birth  Date and place of marriage
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. The Weekly Defiance (Atlanta, Georgia) 24 October 1882 Weekly newspaper
  • 17. Let’s see a typical obituary - Weekly Defiance (Atlanta, Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  • 18. Let’s see a typical obituary - Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  • 19. Let’s see a typical obituary - Name Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  • 20. Let’s see a typical obituary - Name Cause of Death Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  • 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. 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. Let’s see a typical obituary - Name Cause of Death “a week ago” “last Friday” Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  • 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. 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. 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. Let’s see a typical obituary - Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  • 30. Let’s see a typical obituary - Mother Sister Weekly Defiance (Georgia) 26 February 1883, page 3.
  • 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. Atlanta Age (Georgia) 13 January 1900 Weekly newspaper
  • 33. Mrs. Mary Stamps Atlanta Age (Georgia) 13 January 1900, page 2
  • 34. Mrs. Mary Stamps Name
  • 35. Mrs. Mary Stamps Name Granddaughters ◦ Predeceased her ◦ Same cemetery
  • 36. Mrs. Mary Stamps Name Granddaughters ◦ Predeceased her ◦ Same cemetery Great-granddaughter ◦ Specific address
  • 37. Mrs. Mary Stamps Name Granddaughters ◦ Predeceased her ◦ Same cemetery Great-granddaughter ◦ Specific address Church – 20 years
  • 38. Mrs. Mary Stamps Name Granddaughters ◦ Predeceased her ◦ Same cemetery Great-granddaughter ◦ Specific address Church – 20 years South View Cemetery
  • 39. The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892 Weekly newspaper
  • 40. The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892 Weekly newspaper
  • 41. The Broad Ax (Chicago, IL) 21 April 1917 Weekly newspaper
  • 42. …. Papers Please Copy - Broad Ax (Chicago, Illinois) 6 March 1909, page 2
  • 43. The Colored American (Washington, DC) 17 January 1898 Weekly newspaper
  • 44. A typical marriage notice -
  • 45. A typical marriage notice - Who?
  • 46. A typical marriage notice - Who? ◦ Name: Bride ◦ Name: Groom
  • 47. A typical marriage notice - Who? ◦ Name: Bride ◦ Name: Groom What?
  • 48. A typical marriage notice - Who? ◦ Name: Bride ◦ Name: Groom What? When?
  • 49. A typical marriage notice - Who? ◦ Name: Bride ◦ Name: Groom What? When? Where?
  • 50. A typical marriage notice - Who? ◦ Name: Bride ◦ Name: Groom What? When? Where? How?
  • 51. A typical marriage notice - Church
  • 52. A typical marriage notice - Church Reception
  • 53. A typical marriage notice - Church Reception Bride - bio
  • 54. A typical marriage notice - Groom – bio
  • 55. A typical marriage notice - Groom – bio Born in SC
  • 56. A typical marriage notice - Groom – bio Born in SC Approx. Age How long in DC
  • 57. A typical marriage notice - Groom – bio Born in SC Approx. Age How long in DC Work history
  • 58. A typical marriage notice - Groom – bio Born in SC Approx. Age How long in DC Work history Honor & Trust
  • 59. A typical marriage notice - Not seeing: ◦ Parent’s Names ◦ Other Family
  • 60. A typical marriage notice -
  • 61.  Out of area – Yonkers, New York Bridesmaids, Maid of Honor, flower girl – all named
  • 62. Births -
  • 63. The Western Outlook (San Francisco, CA) 2 October 1915 Weekly newspaper
  • 64. Births - Western Outlook (San Francisco, Cal.) 2 October 1915, page 3.
  • 65. The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892 Weekly newspaper
  • 66. Births - The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892, page 1
  • 67. Births - Name The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892, page 1
  • 68. Births - Name Address The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892, page 1
  • 69. Births - Name Address Attendees The Topeka Call (Kansas) 1 May 1892, page 1
  • 70. Births - Gifts Giver Names
  • 71. The Colored American (Washington, DC) 17 January 1898 Weekly newspaper
  • 72. Biographical Sketches - Colored American (Washington, DC) 10 January 1903, page 1
  • 73. The Broad Ax (Chicago, IL) 21 April 1917 Weekly newspaper
  • 74. Portraits Broad Ax (Chicago, Illinois) 21 April 1917, page 4
  • 75. The Western Outlook (San Francisco, CA) 2 October 1915 Weekly newspaper
  • 76. Local Briefs – family news -
  • 77. Local Briefs – family news -
  • 78. Local Briefs – family news -
  • 79. Local Briefs – family news -
  • 80. Huntsville Gazette (Huntsville, Georgia) 5 November 1881 Weekly newspaper
  • 81. Family Reunions -
  • 82. Family Reunions -
  • 83. The Bee (Washington, DC) 6 June 1914 Weekly newspaper
  • 84. Legal Notices -
  • 85. Legal Notices - Probate Court
  • 86. Legal Notices - Probate Court Name of Deceased
  • 87. Legal Notices - Probate Court Name of Deceased Case Number
  • 88. Practical Tips -
  • 89. Practical Tips -
  • 90. Practical Tips -
  • 91. Practical Tips
  • 92. Practical Tips -
  • 93. Practical Tips -
  • 94. Practical Tips
  • 95. Practical Tips - ◦ Try Surname Search First
  • 96. Practical Tips -
  • 97. Practical Tips -
  • 98. Practical Tips -
  • 99. Practical Tips - ◦ Try Surname Search First ◦ Add first name
  • 100. Practical Tips - ◦ Try Surname Search First ◦ Add first name  Add year
  • 101. Practical Tips - ◦ Try Surname Search First ◦ Add first name  Add year ◦ Try abbreviations ◦ William ◦ Wm. ◦ Bill
  • 102. Practical Tips -
  • 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. 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. Search for Grace Stewart = Over 3,500 hits
  • 106. Search for Grace Stewart = Over 3,500 hitsJust Recent Obituaries = 167 hits
  • 107. Search for Grace Stewart = Over 3,500 hitsJust Recent Obituaries = 167 hits Limit to CT only = None
  • 108. Search for Charles Stewart = Over 700 hits Just CT Obituaries = 1 hit
  • 109. Not him
  • 110. New Search for Grace Stewart Adding “Stamford” to the Extra search terms box Just One Obituary
  • 111. It was her:
  • 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. African American Newspaper Collection 1827-1999 – 264 Titles – Largest Collection Online
  • 114. African American Newspaper Collection 1827-1999 – 264 Titles – Largest Collection Online
  • 115. We have never had this level of access before