BLACK GENEALOGY by Charles L. & Ron Fry Biockson


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Now that Alex Haley has established the possibility--as well as the residual rewards--of finding your Roots, the search is on for other Kunta Kintes. Blockson and Fry, historian and author respectively, have outlined the procedures for blacks to follow and, as significantly, the practical and emotional obstacles they may encounter. Besides the obligatory inclusion of sources (attic boxes and aging relatives, government and church records, reference books and out-of-print newspapers), they consider research problems (name-changing practices, spelling irregularities) and more personal ones such as coming to terms with miscegnationa probability in each black family's history. Specific addresses are provided--for each state and for African countries as well--although the authors acknowledge that few will have Haley's luck in tracking down the family griot.

Pub Date: May 18th, 1977
Publisher: Prentice-Hall