When researching African American ancestors, the first question asked by many is “once you get to the 1870 Census where do I look?” The goal of this talk is to discuss a deeper dive into records and other documents available to locate African Americans prior to the civil war. One of the eight great grandparent branches of my family tree will be used as a case study.
The talk will provide some answers to the following:
What records are available to find slave holders?
Are there documents specific to the enslaved?
What are the “Black Laws”?
Can I get more family history information using DNA?
Annie S. Mabry has been researching her family history for 30+ years. Using the eight great grandparent branches of her family, Annie found that three branches were not enslaved while locating five branches who were probably enslaved. One linage is traced back to the 1730s with primary sources documents; also for another branch, DNA is used to track back to the mid-1500s in England; while other branches are not located beyond the 1870 census.
Annie is the proud mother of three sons, grandmother of seven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Genealogical research is her passion and hobby.
Ms Mabry is currently the President of the Black Genealogy Search Group of Denver. She has been a member of BGSG for 29 years, holding several elected positions. She has also been a member of the National Genealogical Society.