New – African American Research: A Practical Guide – 20% Off

Moorshead Magazines Ltd has just published a new addition to their Tracing Your Ancestors series. This guide is a concise easy-to-read and understand manual to African American genealogy research. Following the same pattern as previous Tracing Your Ancestors guides, the booklet promises to be a valuable addition to the collection of anyone undertaking the research of African American ancestors.

Family Roots Publishing has purchased a quantity of this publication is is currently offering it at a 20% discount. Regularly $9.95, it’s just $7.96 during the sale period. Click on the links to order.

Titled Tracing Your Ancestors – African American Research: A Practical Guide, the 66-page booklet is written by Diane L Richard. The following is from the Table of Contents:

Introduction: A brief overview of the focus, language and terminology covered in this issue

Digital Library on American Slavery: A great resource for researching North Carolina, as well as all 15 slave states, including Washington D.C.

Bills of Sale: A valuable resource when documenting the movements of enslaved persons from place to place

1867 Voter Registrations: We show you what you can learn from extant voter registrations

Freedman’s Bank Records: Records that can provide another piece in the puzzle when researching those previously enslaved

Manumission: A look at how an enslaved ancestor may have finally been granted freedom

Pre-Civil War Church Records: How to locate the relevant records that may reveal your ancestor’s religious affiliations

Free People of Color: We show you why it’s important to understand the laws of the time and the locale you are researching

19th Century Newspaper Research: Locating escaped slave advertisements and finding lost relatives

Mapping: Mapping resources help us visualize African American history

Fraternal Organizations: Many African Americans belonged to fraternal organizations, but locating records can be a challenge

Education History: We review the history and where you might find valuable records for your ancestor’s schools

The Green Book: A travel guide for the 20th century African American ancestors looking for welcoming destinations

Funeral Programs: A source for genealogical information and a better understanding of your ancestor’s community

Photographic Collections: Image do speak a thousand words

Manuscripts: Manuscripts are a valuable source for information when researching African American ancestors

Tracing Your Ancestors – African American Research: A Practical Guide; Diane L. Richard; 2019; from Moorshead Magazines Ltd; 66 pp; Soft Cover; Saddle Stapled; ISBN: 978-1-926510-11-8; Item #: MM031

About the Author:
Diane L. Richard has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She has been doing genealogy since 1987, and since 204, professionally focused on the records of North Carolina and the Southern States. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode.
Since 2006, she has authored over 300 articles on genealogy topics for numerous periodicals. From 2018-2017 she was the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society. Diane is currently the editor of the NCGS Journal for the North Carolina Genealogical Society.
She has frequently researched, written on and spoken about topics specific to African American research.
Diane is the co-leader of Tar Heel Discoveries,, which offers guided North Carolina genealogical research programs providing participants targeted, focused, research assistance leading to new family discoveries. Learn more about Dian at MosiacRPM,

Tracing Your Ancestors – African American Research: A Practical Guide; Diane L. Richard; 2019; from Moorshead Magazines Ltd; 66 pp; Soft Cover; Saddle Stapled; ISBN: 978-1-926510-11-8; Item #: MM031

About Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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