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African American Family History Research: Books & Other Publications


It can be useful to read family histories of other African-American families because the authors will often talk about how they did their research, how they worked to solve various problems and challenges, how they found the documents they needed.

Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity, by Dee Parmer Woodtor.
New York : Random House, 1999.
MNHS call number:  Reading Room E 185.96 .W69 1999

Blacks in Minnesota: A Preliminary Guide to Historical Sources, compiled by David V. Taylor.
St. Paul : Minnesota Historical Society, 1976.
MNHS call number:  Reading Room Z 1361 .N39 T27

Black Family Research: Records of Post-Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives, compiled by Reginald Washington.
Washington, DC : National Archives and Records Administration, 2006.
MNHS call number:  E 185.96 .U85 2006

African Americans in Minnesota, by David Vassar Taylor
St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Minnesota Historical Society Press.
MNHS call number: Reading Room F615 .N4 T39 2002, also available for purchase


Pamphlets Relating to African Americans in Minnesota
The Minnesota Historical Society Pamphlet Collection contains pamphlets and printed ephemera relating to Pilgrim Baptist Church, Urban League, biographical material on well known African Americans in Minnesota, and other subjects.
MNHS call number: Pamphlet Collection E185

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