Researching Persons of Color: African American Genealogy

Learn about how to research the family history for “persons of color.” This “footnotes” episode features Renate Yarborough Sanders. She teaches us how to research African American ancestors and the records for genealogy in the United States. Handout listed below.

About Renate Yarborough Sanders:
Renate Yarborough Sanders, genealogist, is an experienced and engaging speaker, who descends from formerly enslaved ancestors, as well as enslavers and free people of color. She authors two blogs, an online funeral program database, and belongs to several genealogical and historical organizations. She is a panelist on Black Pro Gen Live, and is cohost of the new YouTube series, “Let’s Talk North Carolina Genealogy.”

Let’s Talk North Carolina Genealogy on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuxcLe8A1AXkxiQatNQI47A

HANDOUT: Renate’s Handout link…
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l_6rqbas6TgYR-LqkM09UwWXo6rZ8qMT/view?usp=sharing

Renate’s Blogs
https://justthinking130.blogspot.com
https://genea-related.blogspot.com

0:00 Intro
1:14 Interview Begins
1:52 Getting Started Researching African American Ancestors
7:26 Start with Vital Records, Birth Marriage, Death & Military
9:17 1870 Brick Wall
10:18 1870 Census
14:10 1860 and 1850 Census
14:55 Plan A or Plan B
15:47 About the Documents
17:00 Understand the Laws
18:17 U.S. Federal Slave Schedule
20:45 1860 U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedule
25:15 Cohabitation Records
28:15 What is a Cohabitation Record?
26:50 Virginia Cohabitation Records
29:29 Estate Files & Probate Records
33:40 Estate Records (Civil Court)
34:20 Estate Records Inventories
37:32 Estate Records Wills
38:22 Estate Records Bills of Sale
39:08 Runaway Slave Ads
40:20 Church Records
44:55 Free People of Color
47:02 Apprenticeship Records
50:25 Bastardy Bonds
52:13 Newspapers
54:55 Connecting with Others
57:20 Recap Researching Persons of Color
58:24 Additional Resources
1:00:24 North Carolina Summer Series

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