Abrams Collection Genealogy Highlights
Volume 1, Number 6
The Library of Michigan maintains a large collection of resources that relate to
African-American genealogical research. Titles may be located using ANSWER,
the Library's online catalog. When searching ANSWER, the following keyword searches may be helpful (Clicking on these links will take you directly to the ANSWER search results.):
If you add a geographic location you will narrow your search. For example, african american genealogy and michigan will retrieve African-American resources that focus on the state of Michigan.
The Library of Michigan's Abrams Foundation Historical Collection contains slave schedules and
indexes for the 1850 and 1860 federal census. These schedules typically list the name of the slave owner and the age, sex and color of each slave. Only in a few cases do the slave schedules provide the name of the individual slaves. When researchers identify a slaveholder through other sources, they may compare the age, sex and color of each slave with data provided by freedmen or included on later census records. The thorough examination of these records will help researchers to strengthen or eliminate the feasibility of family connections. For many former slaves the 1870 census marks the first occurrence of a surname in an official record.
This publication lists notable resources available at the Library of Michigan. It is not intended as a
comprehensive list of African-American genealogical tools. Searching ANSWER is the only way to determine if the Library of Michigan holds the resources that you seek. Clicking on the links in the list of resources below will take you directly to the ANSWER record for that item.
Abajian, James. Blacks in Selected Newspapers, Censuses and Other Sources: An Index To Names and Subjects. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1977.
Genealogy E 185.96 .A2z
Ball, Edward. Slaves in the Family. New York: Ballantine Books, 1999.
Genealogy F 279 .C453 A2 1999
Beasley, Donna. Family Pride: The Complete Guide to Tracing African-American Genealogy. New York: Macmillan, 1997.
Genealogy E 185.96 .B36 1997
Black Studies: A Selected Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington, D.C.: National Archives Trust Fund Board, 1996.
Genealogy E 185 .U55 1996
Housed at the Genealogy Desk.
Blockson, Charles L. Black Genealogy. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1991.
Genealogy E 185.96 .B57 1991
Brown, Barbara W. Black Roots in Southeastern Connecticut, 1650-1900. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1980.
Genealogy E 185.93 .C7 B76
Burkett, Randall K., Nancy Hall Burkett and Henry L. Gates, Jr. Black Biography, 1790-1950: A Cumulative Index. Alexandria: Chadwyck-Healy, 1990.
Reference Oversize Z 1361 .N39 B52 1990
Civil War Unit Histories, Regimental Histories and Personal Narratives: Part 5:The Union-Higher and Independent Commands and Naval Forces. Bethesda: University Publications of America, 1996.
Genealogy Microfiche E 470 .C58 1990
Crawford, Marion G. African American Genealogy: A Handbook of Reference Sources. Marion G. Crawford, 1987.
Genealogy CS 21 .C72 1987
Eichholz, Alice, and James M. Rose. Free Black Heads of Household in the New York State Federal Census, 1790-1830. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1981.
Genealogy E 185.93 .N56 E37
Fears, Mary L. Jackson. Slave Ancestral Research: It's Something Else. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1995.
Genealogy E 185.96 .F43 1995
Freedman's Savings and Trust Company. Registers of Signatures of Depositors in Branches of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, 1865-1874. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1969.
Genealogy Microfilm HG 2613 .W34 F743 1865
---. Journal of the Board of Trustees, and Minutes of Committees of Inspectors of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company: Bank Records 1865-1874. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1972.
Genealogy Microfilm F 2613 .W34 F74 1865
---. Indexes to Deposit Ledgers in Branches of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, 1865-1874. Washington, D.C.: 1971.
Genealogy Microfilm HG 2613 .W34 F74 1865
Glazer, Sidney. Negroes in Michigan During the Civil War. Lansing: Michigan Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, 1966.
Michigan Documents E 514.5 1st Colored .M32
Greene, Robert Ewell. Black Courage 1775-1783: Documentation of Black Participation in the American Revolution. Washington, D.C.: Daughters of the American Revolution, 1984.
Genealogy E 269 .N3 G74z
Howell, Barbara T. How to Trace Your African-American Roots: Discovering Your Unique History. Secaucus, NJ: Carol Publishing Group, 1999.
Genealogy E 185.96 .H69 1999
Hughes Wright, Roberta. Lay Down Body: Living History in African American Cemeteries. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1996.
Genealogy E 185.86 .H84 1996
Johnson, R. Benjamin. The Black Resource Guide. Washington, D.C.: Ben Johnson, 1994.
Reference E 185.5 .B568
Katz, William L. Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage. New York: Athenaeum, 1996.
Main E 98 .R28 K37 1986
Martich, Dorothy. Martich Black History Collection. Battle Creek: D. Martich, 1988.
Genealogy Microfilm E 185.93 .M5 M37 1988a
Michigan Bureau of History. Pathways to Michigan's Black Heritage. Lansing: The Bureau, 1988.
Michigan Documents E 185.93 .M5 P38 1988
Newman, Debra L. Black History: A Guide to Civilian Records in the National Archives. Washington, D.C.: National Archives Trust Fund Board, 1984.
Genealogy E 185 .N576 1984
Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1996.
Genealogy Microfilm F 213 .R43 1985
Rose, James. Black Genesis. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1978.
Genealogy CS 21 .R57 1978
Slavery in Ante-Bellum Southern Industries. Bethesda: University Publications of America, 1996.
Genealogy Microfilm HD 4865 .U6 S43 1991
Smith, Jessie Carney. Ethnic Genealogy: A Research Guide. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1983.
Genealogy CS 49 .E83 1983
Streets, David H. Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1986.
Genealogy E 185.96 .S817 1986
United States War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.
U.S. Documents Reference W 45.5
Walker, James D. Black Genealogy: How to Begin. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education, 1977.
Genealogy CS 21 .W34z
Warren, Francis H. Michigan Manual of Freedmen's Progress. Detroit: The Commission, 1915.
Michigan Documents E 185.93 .M5 A43 1915
Witcher, Curt B. Bibliography of Sources for Black Family History in the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Department. Fort Wayne, IN: The Library, 1989.
Genealogy E 185.89 .F4 W5 1989
Woodtor, Dee. Finding A Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity. New York: Random House, 1999.
Genealogy E 185.96 .W69 1999
Young, Tommie M. Afro-American Genealogy Sourcebook. New York: Garland Pub., 1987.
Genealogy E 185.96 .Y67 1987
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