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African American Genealogy Research - An Introduction to Resources   Tags: african american, african american genealogy, genealogy, history, mitchell valencia, val mitchell, valencia mitchell  

An introduction to the research and resources available for African American genealogy.
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Getting Started

Your search for documents and information will take many forms:


  • Family Stories
  • Oral Histories
  • Interviews

Recording this information can be useful, especially to add dimension to your documented family history.

Documents and family records

  • Family Bibles
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates
  • Divorce Records
  • Wills
  • Deeds to Property
  • Old Letters
  • Photographs
  • Plaques, Awards, Honors and other Memorabilia
  • School Certificates
  • Insurance Papers
  • Funeral Programs
  • Obituaries
  • Funeral Programs
  • Membership Cards
  • Anniversary Programs for Organizations and Churches
  • School and College Yearbooks
  • Military Discharge Papers
  • Any other sources with names and dates

These documents will help you identify additional records and to begin completing family tree forms. Make copies of all the documents you find and note where they were found. Also note whether the documents are in the possession of other family members.


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Valencia Mitchell

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Cerritos College Library
11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650 
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Library of Congress Subject Area Specialties
A - General Works
C - Auxillary Sciences of History; Genealogy
M - Music and Books on Music


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