Course Eleven — Researching African American Ancestors: Government Documents and Advanced Tools

UpcomingCourse Eleven — Researching African American Ancestors: Government Documents and Advanced Tools

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    Course Eleven — Researching African American Ancestors: Government Documents and Advanced Tools $620.00 (USD)  

  • Course Eleven — Researching African American Ancestors: Government Documents and Advanced Tools
    July 27, 2020 - July 31, 2020
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Course 11 Registration begins 1-Feb-2020: 2:30 pm Eastern Time

[Maximum: 30 students]

Course Coordinator

Deborah A. Abbott, PhD

Description

Students will survey a variety of government documents created by local, state and federal agencies.  Lectures will focus on documents relevant to African Americans with roots in the antebellum period and later.  Students will gain hands-on experience in accessing and using these documents.  Students should bring a laptop and/or other device to complete class assignments.

Required textbooks, prerequisites, or other student information

There are no prerequisites for this course, but an intermediate genealogy course is recommended. The goal is to expand student knowledge with an African American view. Students with the following will benefit the most from this course:

  1. Strong knowledge of foundation sources (census, vital records, probate, land, newspapers, etc.).
  2. Core understanding of the research process.
  3. Conducted on-site research beyond Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.

Recommended books

There are no required books for this course. The following is a list of recommended books.

Board for Certification of Genealogists. Genealogy Standards. 2nd ed. Nashville, TN: Ancestry, 2019.

Garner, Bryan A., ed. Black’s Law Dictionary. 11th ed. Egan, MN: Thomson Reuters Publishing, 2019.

Miller, Randall M. and John David Smith, eds.  Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery: Updated, with a New Introduction and Bibliography. 2nd ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio Publishing, 1997.

Newman, Debra L.  Black History: A Guide to Civilian Records in the National Archives. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1984.

Woodtor, Dee Parmer. Finding a Place Called Home. New York: Random House, 1999.

Course Schedule

Monday
10:30 – 11:00 Orientation (Abbott)
11:00 – 12:15 How Your Ancestors Came in Contact with the Federal Government (Wilkins)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 The Law of Slavery (Garrett-Nelson)
1:45 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 3:45 More than Numbers & Ticks: Understanding Federal, State & Special Censuses (Wilkins)
3:45 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:15 Land Records & the Federal Government (Jordon)
5:15 – 5:30 Break
5:30 – 6:30 Tips for Using ProQuest Databases for Government Docs (Stamm)
 
Tuesday
10:30 – 11:00 Questions & Review (Abbott)
11:00 – 12:15 African Americans in Congressional Documents: Part 1 (Pinnick)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Researching Enslaved Ancestors: An Overview of Selected Federal Records (Garrett-Nelson)
1:45 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 3:45 African American Military Service: From the Colonial Era to the Civil War (Strauss)
3:45 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:15 African American Military Service: From the Reconstruction Era to Vietnam (Strauss)
 
Wednesday
10:30 – 11:00 Questions & Review (Abbott)
11:00 – 12:15 African Americans in Congressional Documents: Part 2 (Pinnick)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 How to Navigate the Freedman’s Bureau Records for Research Success (Gillins)
1:45 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 3:45 Maps and Mapping (Jordon)
3:45 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:15 Freedmen in the Southern Claims Commission: Filing, Testifying, Being (Gillins)
5:15 – 5:30 Break
5:30 – 6:15 Research Preparation: Using the Library (Pinnick)
 
Thursday
10:30 – 11:00 Questions & Reviews (Abbott)
11:00 – 12:15 The African American Experience in the WPA: Their Lives, Stories & Records (Gillins)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Advanced Genealogical Tools (Jordon)
1:45 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 3:45 Finding Records in the Library, Part 1 (Pinnick)
3:45 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:15 Finding Records in the Library, Part 2 (Pinnick)
 
Friday
10:30 – 11:45 Review of African Americans in Government Docs (Jordon)
11:45 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 12:45 Manuscript Collections in African American Genealogy (Abbott)
12:45 – 1:15 Documents For Traveling African Americans: Ship Manifest, Passports & More (Wilkins)
1:15 – 1:30 Break
1:30 – 2:30 Open Questions, Answers, & Sharing (Abbott)

 

Course Faculty

Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, Course Coordinator

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGLSM

Sharon Batiste Gillins

Shamele Jordon

Timothy Nathan Pinnick, BS

Patricia Walls Stamm CG®, CGLSM

Michael L. Strauss, AG®

Ari Wilkins, BS

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