Beginning Your Genealogical Journey

Beginning Your Genealogical JourneyIf you are like me, you find the work of researching ancestors to be immense and sometimes quite overwhelming, especially if you’re just starting out.  In some ways, there is so MUCH information – wills, plantation archives, census lists, family histories, etc – and in others, especially if your ancestors were enslaved, there is so little information.  It’s hard to know where to begin.

Today, I spent a few minutes at the site watching a film with my friend Angela Walton-Raji, who is the creator of the African-Native American Genealogy Blog.  If you are looking to start some genealogical research, this is an excellent introduction. Angela stresses the importance of documenting information, following a careful process of reviewing data, and some of the first steps you can take on your genealogical journey. Plus, her full video series will walk you through the key steps for your genealogy research process.

If you appreciate the insights Angela offers here, I recommend you subscribe to her YouTube channel and also tune in for her African Roots Podcast.

And be sure to share this page with anyone you know who might find Angela’s tips helpful.

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  • I maintain the Slave Name Roll Project, where genealogists and family historians identify named slaves they find in their research through advertisements, property records, wills, inventories and old books.

    http://tangledrootsandtrees.blogspot.com/p/slave-name-roll.html

    • Andi Cumbo-Floyd

      THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMMENTING, SCHALENE. I’LL ADD YOUR INCREDIBLE LIST TO THE RESOURCES PAGES ASAP. SO GLAD TO KNOW ABOUT IT.