African American Research 101 – Post-Civil War to the Present (Part 1 of 3)

Ari Wilkins
Feb 2, 2024
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Speaker's Introduction
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Census Records
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Vital Records
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Social Security Applications
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Homestead Records
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City Directories
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WPA Slave Narratives
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

This lecture will discuss how to get started in African American research. The objective of this lecture is to demonstrate what comprehensive African American research looks like from 1870 to the present. It will discuss sources such as: census, vital, and military records; the WPA slave narratives; newspapers; and city directories. It will also cover basic genealogical methodology.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Ari Wilkins graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. She has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ms. Wilkins has spoken nationally at the National Genealogical Society, the Federation
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  1. DP
    Denyce Peyton
    2 months ago

    Excellent presentation. Great source information was offered to provide a comprehensive presentation of the topic.
    Ari always presents organized, informative programs.

  2. BB
    Brian Boneham
    3 months ago

    Excellent webinar with lots of very interestingly detailed information to show a way forward when researching our own ancestors from these parts of the US.

  3. LM
    LaJoy Mosby
    3 months ago

    Excellent presentation. Great overview of African American family research. Looking forward to viewing Parts 2 and 3.

  4. DA
    Deitra Atkins
    3 months ago

    Outstanding! Exceptional! I learned so much. I look forward to the upcoming next two parts. Wonderful!

  5. HS
    Helen Simmons
    3 months ago

    Ari is a wonderful presenter and I learned so much from this webinar. I look forward to her next two. While I don’t know of any African-American relatives yet, it doesn’t matter. This presentation was an outstanding example of research methodology and techniques and many resources that I was not familiar with as well as a history lesson! Another example of all the excellent presenters and webinars that make my membership every year so worthwhile! Thank you!!

  6. AA
    Angela Allen
    3 months ago

    Great presentation! I always learn so much from Ms. Wilkins’s presentations. She finds those hidden documents and records.

  7. TB
    Tony Burroughs
    3 months ago

    Excellent presentation – good content, clear explanations and excellent graphics – easy to follow learned a few things I did not know – Ari is one of the best.!

  8. BH
    Beverly Hector-Smith
    3 months ago

    It was one of the best presentations online or in person that I have attended in the past 20 years. I can not wait for the second one.


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