Genealogy Adventures

Finding Your Black American Ancestors Part 1: From 1940 to 1870

This 1st video in a 3 part series steps you you through tracing your ancestry back to the 1870 Census. During the course of the video, we will introduce you to a vast array of different types of records you can access online.

With the exception of 15 minutes, the video doesn’t have audio. The text is pretty self-explanatory. And we figured rather than annoy you with background music we like…you can watch the video to music that you like.

The second video in this series will cover how to research your enslaved ancestors.

The third video will cover how to research your ancestors who were free people of color.

Links that appear in this video:

Pullman & Porter Railway Records
https://aprpullmanportermuseum.org/searchnationalregistry

Popular shortened versions of first names
https://ctstatelibrary.org/access-services/nicknames

State census register: state & county censuses located at the Family History Library
https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1239834?availability=Family%20History%20Library

US Penitentiary Records 1875-1963
https://www.ancestry.com/search/categories/uspen

Black Sheep Ancestors
http://blacksheepancestors.com

Historic Prison Index (i.e. Alcatraz)
https://www.archives.gov/research/prisons

Intriguing Old Hospital and Asylum Records Can Be Researched Online for Free
https://familyhistorydaily.com/free-genealogy-resources/old-hospital-asylum-records-genealogy

Find A Grave
https://www.findagrave.com

Buffalo Soldier Records:
https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/buffalo-soldiers-many-lenses-project/wjMimU7MFYkG4Hm3

Civil War Pension Applications https://www.archives.gov/research/military/civil-war/resources

Korean War Records
https://www.archives.gov/research/military/korean-war

Vietnam War Records:
https://www.archives.gov/research/vietnam-war#event-/timeline/item/letter-from-ho-chi-minh-to-president-harry-truman

Oklahoma & Indian Territory, Dawes Census Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes 1898-1914
https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Dawes_Commission_Enrollment_Records_for_Five_U.S._Indian_Tribes

Oklahoma & Indian Territory, Dawes census Lands for the
5 Five Civilized Tribes 1898-1914

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Oklahoma_Applications_for_Allotment,_Five_Civilized_Tribes

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