African American Genealogy Research Services

Professional African American Genealogists Who Excel At African American Genealogy

Launched in 2010, we are the first Black-owned genealogy research company offering African American genealogy research services.

Our African American genealogists specialize in African American genealogy research. Each genealogist on our team has over 20 years of experience in researching the ancestry of enslaved people and free people of color. Whether your ancestors were enslaved or free people of color – we look forward to working with you on your research project and sharing your family’s history with you. This experience includes working with your DNA results too!

You may be curious about African American genealogy but not convinced it has relevance for you or your family. Or you may believe it’s not possible to research African American ancestry. Please take 2 to 3 minutes to read our article African American Genealogy: A Professional African American Researcher’s Practice to see why neither of these is true. Or check out ABC24 News (Memphis, TN) article The Importance of Black Genealogy.

Our Genealogy Research Service Process

  1. Define the Research Problem. We first review the information a client already has. We discuss their research problem and make sure clients clearly understand what they want the team to accomplish to meet a client’s specific research goal(s).

  2. Develop a Research Plan. We next develop a research plan that outlines what we will do to find the information the client needs. Most plans consist of a prioritized list of the records the team will use. Research plans can be written or verbal.

  3. Conduct the Research. In addition to using online resources and databases, the team typically visits DMV regional libraries, courthouses, cemeteries, and other places to search for the information. Our relationships with national archivists, research librarians, historical societies, county courthouse clerks, etc. mean we can access physical records that are not available online by telephone or email requests. Research materials include – but are not limited to – vital records, census returns, baptism records, court documents, probate records, tax records, marriage records, land deeds, newspapers, and military records. We provide clients with digital copies of the records used to support our research.

  4. Analyze the Findings. Our team regularly reviews the research and makes conclusions about what has been found. The team also compares its findings with other documents to confirm or disprove conclusions.

  5. Report the Findings. The team prepares reports about its research activities. Reports include a summary of the findings for each family generation that has been researched, abstracts of important information, digital copies of relevant documents, and suggestions for continued research.

  6. Prepare Forms. Upon agreement, the team can prepare forms such as pedigree charts, family group sheets, and applications to lineage societies; and

  7. Share Results. The team can also help clients share the results of the research. This can include contributing the findings to genealogical databases such as Ancestry or preparing articles or books.

We Are Equally Strong With European Ancestry Too

All of us at Genealogy Adventures have European ancestry. Our research and expertise with European ancestry is as extensive and as deep as our experience with researching African American genealogy. Our deep experience researching European-descended American families includes research stretching back to the beginnings of the American Colonial period. Our research experience includes working with your DNA test results too.

The European records and resources we have the most extensive familiarity with include those held in:

  • Channel Islands (UK)
  • England
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales

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Press | Media | Documentary African American Historical Research Projects

Looking for family history and/or genealogical background information for an African American individual, family, or community? We can help with that! We know where to look – and how to look – for records and histories that bring people and communities to life.

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African American Historical Research Services for County Councils, Libraries, and Museums

Whether your organization is seeking to locate more personal histories for the subject(s) of exhibitions, publications, or special programming: we can help with that. Let our experienced project management team and researchers uncover fascinating facts, riveting stories, and background histories for African American individuals you seek to feature in future exhibitions, etc.

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Our African American Genealogy Research Service: No stone left unturned

African American genealogy research is one of the most challenging kinds of research. But it isn’t impossible! We love the challenge. We want Black Americans to find their ancestral history and family history. This is one of the reasons why we launched our African American ancestry research services in 2010. The Genealogy Adventures website stands as our testament to taking on – and successfully tackling – this special kind of research.

We hope you will give us the opportunity to break through your enslaved and free people of color brick walls. This is what we thrive on. Let us do the heavy lifting…and you can enjoy the discoveries.

Please complete and submit the Research Agreement for Individuals form below…and let’s get the ball rolling!

Research Agreement for Individuals

After submitting the contact form below, and upon agreement to hire genealogy services, I agree to pay Genealogy Adventures (herein called “Genealogist”), for genealogical services to be performed on my behalf at the rate of $35 per hour. The hourly fee should be applied as follows: a review of the client’s existing information (all previous research bearing on the research goal must be provided prior to the start of the project), development of a research plan which is confirmed by the client (a specific research goal must be defined prior to research), a review of new material for accuracy and consistency, and an evaluation of client’s research objectives in terms of new information, and preparation of a detailed report (will include information detailing negative searches).

I agree to pay a retainer fee of three hundred fifty (350) dollars. This retainer includes up to ten (10) hours of time before an hourly fee of twenty (20) dollars is charged. The retainer will be used for researching purposes, report writing, and building a tree for the client’s review with correlating documentation. Payment will either be by PayPal or money order. The retainer fee is to be paid in full at the time of the contract. All fees for returned checks will be paid by me.

The client shall also reimburse the Genealogist for the actual costs of photocopies, photographs, microfilm rental fees, postage, parking fees, and other necessary out-of-pocket expenses, provided Genealogist submits an itemized bill, and provided that the total of expenses do not exceed $25. If Genealogist anticipates that expenses may exceed this $25 maximum, she shall notify the Client in writing and obtain his/her agreement, also in writing, to the reimbursement of additional expenses.

I am returning the following items to the Genealogist: signed Contract, Retainer Fee and my research that I have already collected. Upon receiving all items, Genealogist will begin research immediately.

The Genealogist will perform this work as an independent contractor in accordance with prevailing professional standards in genealogy, including the Code of Ethics of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Code of Ethics adopted by the Board of Certification of Genealogists, and the Standards recommended by the National Genealogical Society.

I understand that Genealogist shall hold the Client’s name, address, telephone number, and other identifying information about the Client in confidence unless the Client authorizes their release in writing. Genealogist shall also accord confidentiality to all material furnished by Client which contains (a) information that is not a matter of public record or which cannot be rightfully obtained from another non-confidential source; (b) information that no one else has independently developed; and (c) information that Client has not disclosed to anyone else except under a strict, written, confidentiality agreement that has the effect of preventing disclosure by any other person or entity. The Client understands that even though Genealogist may agree to keep certain information confidential, a court can compel Genealogist to disclose that information.

The Client agrees that if there is distribution or publication of any information taken from the Genealogist’s report, that information will be reported accurately and the Client will credit Genealogist’s report as the source. Genealogist retains the copyright to the report and the manner in which she has expressed the information in it. The Client may make a limited number of personal copies as a “fair use” of the copyrighted report, but the Client agrees that the report will not otherwise be published, or multiple copies made, without written permission from Genealogist.

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