African American Record Finder

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African American Genealogy Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Original Records
Compiled Sources
Background Information
Finding Aids


Record Finder Table for African American[edit | edit source]

The following Record Finder table assists researchers in determining record types that may list the information they are looking for.

Order of Records[edit | edit source]

The typically most reliable sources are listed at the top of the list. However, depending on the time period of the record and location, multiple records in the list may need to be searched to achieve the objective. Alternative records are listed as well in case traditional records do not provide the desired information.

Record Finder Table for the United States[edit | edit source]

Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png Remember that African Americans also are listed in regular records for United States family research. See the United States Record Finder and the record finder for the state or states where your African American ancestor lived.

List of Topics[edit | edit source]

This Record Finder table links to the African American topic Wiki pages, containing databases and other information about accessing the records.

Vital Events[edit | edit source]

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Birth date and place
Marriage place and date
Death date, place, and burial

Maiden Names and Family Members[edit | edit source]

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Maiden name
Parents, children, spouses, and other family members
Living relatives

Residences and Locations[edit | edit source]

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Residence

Personal Details and Affiliations[edit | edit source]

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Occupation
Religion
Social activities
Physical description