New Instructional Video on African American Genealogy

Deborah A. Abbott

Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D., is a genealogist specializing in African American research and methodology. She is an adjunct faculty member of both the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

Needles and Threads: Piecing Together African American Families is a new instructional video on African American genealogy.  Deborah A. Abbott, PhD guides you through examples and case studies to help break down those sometimes difficult brick walls that lead to your enslaved ancestors and free persons of color.

Here is a breakdown of the different sections:

What You’ll Learn
Threading the Needle
Threads That Bind
Missed Threads
Missed Threads: Name Changes
The Fabric of Society
The Fabric of Society: Social Histories
Researching Slave Ancestors
Identifying the Slave Owner
The Master Quilter
Knotted Threads
Courthouse “Pieces”
Military Records
African Americans served in every American war, and played an important role in the Civil War. We’ll show you where to find those records.
Straddling the Civil War
Tools in Your Sewing Basket
In Closing


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