To trace your African-American family's history, write down everything you know about your family history. Search through materials that are available to you, or ask a family member for help. Look through genealogical records to get information on your family history, and search wills and plantation records from slave owners who have one of the same surnames as your family.Continue Reading
Look for things like birth and death certificates, diaries, photographs and employment records that give you more information about your relatives. It may also be helpful to talk to older family members who know some of your family history. Write down the information gathered.
1860 is the first year blacks were listed by name by the U.S. Census Bureau. Research genealogical records using this information. Military records, voter records and records for Social Security and school from 1860 and later can help you in your search.
The U.S. Population Schedules of 1860 can help to determine if any of your ancestors were slaves before the Civil War. Some slaves took the surname of their owners after the Emancipation Proclamation, and this information can help you find your ancestors as well. Searching for slave owners that have the same last name as members of your family can also help you trace your family history. Wills and plantation records may help you find the names of slave owners.
Patrilocal families are those that live with or near the husband's family after marriage. In this arrangement, sons return home with their wives after marriage, while daughters depart with their husbands after the wedding. About 69 percent of the world's cultures that have been studied by anthropologists are patrilocal.Full Answer >
A person's last name is typically derived from the passing down, according to law or custom, of one or both of his parents' family names. This name is sometimes called a surname or family name in Western contexts.Full Answer >
Grandparents are considered a part of an immediate family. Immediate family is usually defined as one's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings and immediate in-laws (mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law). Adopted children and stepchildren also count as immediate family members.Full Answer >
Immediate family includes an individual's parents and stepparents, siblings, spouse, natural children, adopted children, foster children and stepchildren. Also included are the individual's spouse's parents and siblings, children's spouses, grandparents and grandchildren. Some definitions include aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great grandparents, great grandchildren and many other members of step-families.Full Answer >