Guides for Research-Pathfinders
Pathfinders are guides to help you get started doing research on a particular topic.
Exploring Black History & Genealogy
Books from our Collection:
Black Genesis: A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy. Rose, James M.
A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering your African-American Ancestors: How to Find and Record your Unique Heritage. Smith, Franklin Carter.
Finding your African American Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide. Thackery, David
A student’s Guide to African American Genealogy. Johnson, Anne E.
Union County Black Americans. Washington, Ethel M.
New Jersey’s Underground Railroad Heritage
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Slavery and Freedom in the Rural North: African Americans in Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1665-1865.
The Quest for Equality: Trenton’s Black Community, 1890-1965. Washington, Jack.
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Afro-Americans in New Jersey: A Short History. Wright, Giles R.
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Blacks in the Revolutionary Era. Pingeon, Frances D.
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Black Firsts in New Jersey. Cahalan, Gertrude.
The Negro in New Jersey. New Jersey Conference of Social Work. (1932).
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Morris County and Morristown:
Slave Records of Morris County, New Jersey: 1756-1841
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Index to Photographs Documenting the African-American Experience in Morris County
Survey of the Negro Population of Morristown, New Jersey. McGhee, Ethel. (1925) HM6 McGhee
Setting up our own city.
By Cheryl Turkington
Published in 1992, this history of Morristown’s African-American community is now online.
Other Research Collections:
The History Center’s collection of City Directories, newspapers on microfilm, and Sanborn Insurance Maps Online are also valuable tools for researching local African-American history and genealogy.
These files contain newspaper clippings and other information on topical subjects. There are also files on specific family names.
Search for these topics using the subject headings:
Two of our most popular online sources are Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest . They have an abundance of resources including census records, the Social Security Death Index, newspaper & periodical collections, deeds & court records and city directories. Additionally, these databases contain several unique resources documenting African-American history:
Compiled from 20,000 pages of narrative history taken from former slaves over a ten year period. (Ancestry Library Edition)
Freedman’s Bank (1865-1874): Founded by an act of Congress as a bank to serve African-Americans, these records contain information on thousands of depositors at 33 branches and include family, occupation, birthplace and residence information. (HeritageQuest)
On the Web:
To learn more about African-American history, we recommend you search the
following web sites:
Library of Congress Afro-American Genealogical Research
National Archives African-American Research
Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture
Thousands of photographs documenting Morristown and Morris County’s past are held in the History Center. Photograph boxes are organized by locality and street (for Morristown) as well as by specific subject. See: Blacks, Churches, Neighborhood House, Playgrounds, Schools, Streets, Theaters, Urban Renewal