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Black genesis : a resource book for African-American genealogy
Rose, James M.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., [2003]

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xvi, 422 pages ; 22 cm
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CS21 .R57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
CS21 .R57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Ethnic Collection

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Library Journal Review

In the 1970s, Rose became the first-ever recipient of a doctorate in African-American genealogy and served as a researcher consultant with Alex Haley. In 1978, she and Eichholz (editor, Ancestry's Red Book) published Black Genesis, the first book to provide genealogical researchers with access to family history information and materials for African Americans. This newly updated and expanded second edition briefly discusses search methods and then lists sources pertaining to slaves and blacks in the United States and the West Indies. The format in particular is new-it is now organized by state. For each state, it compiles important dates, state archives, and such records as census, state and county, cemetery and church, military, newspapers, manuscripts (diaries and personal records of slaves), Internet sources, research contacts, and a state-related bibliography. Recommended to help libraries, novices, and professional researchers discover the scope and richness of the African American heritage.-Scott Hightower, Fordham Univ., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Inspired by Alex Haley's Roots and the subsequent television miniseries, the first edition of Black Genesis (1978) became the standard handbook for African American genealogy. Growing interest in genealogy in general and African American genealogy in particular persuaded the authors of that edition to update the original work, adding the many developments over the past 25 years. The new edition, organized like the first, begins with a general introduction to the process of African American genealogy, then surveys sources in the states. All sections have been revised and, in most cases, expanded to include the many advances in genealogical research since the first edition, including the advent of the personal computer and the Internet. A bibliography of additional sources on African American genealogy has been added. Where appropriate, Internet and Web resources are cited with URLs. The editors, respected experts in the field, offer an excellent revision of their original work. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All libraries serving readers interested in genealogy. J. O. Christensen Brigham Young University