If you’re around the Fredericksburg, VA area, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is hosting a free fall genealogy workshop being offered from the Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society. The workshop is being held Saturday, October 12 at the downtown branch. The theme is Discover Your Family History: Topics for Beginners to Advanced. To attend, either register by email to FRGSVA@gmail.com or call 540-621-7732. Classes include Understanding DNA, Avoiding Pitfalls, and Burned County Research.
The Stafford, VA 350 Trail to Freedom Tour is being held November 1 and 2, 2014. It is described as a day to celebrate the history of Stafford County’s African American Community, and participants will visit several historic sites. For more information, click here.
The Central Rappahannock Regional Library of Fredericksburg, Virginia, will be holding a History Lecture Series in celebration of Stafford County, Virginia’s 350th celebration.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library: George Washington, Spymaster. Author Thomas B. Allen will share stories of George Washington’s role as a spymaster.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7 p.m. at England Run Library: Archiving Your History. Learn personal digital preservation strategies with an expert.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Porter Library: Path of Progress: How Transportation Changes have Shaped Stafford County. Join Virginia Tech professor, Dr. Shelley Mastran, as she speaks on improvements in Stafford County development.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. at England Run Library: GOLD! Discover the History of Gold Mining in Stafford County. Lean about the history of gold with local author and historian Jerrilyn Eby MacGregor.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Porter Library: Dinosaurs in Stafford! Discover dinosaur prints and which ones roamed Stafford County with local amateur paleontologist Jon Bachman.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Headquarters Library: A Fugitive From Labor: Anthony Burns and the Falmouth Union Church. Learn about the life of Anthony Burns and his escape to freedom, presented by Logan Metesh.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Porter Library: Women in Civil War Stafford. Local historians and authors Al and Jane Conner will share stories of what women were like and doing during the Civil War.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. at England Run Library: Stafford County, Early Industrial Giant. Features local author Jerrilyn Eby McGregor, and discusses 250 years of industry in Stafford County.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. at England Run Library: Crime and Punishment, Stafford Style. Join former Commonwealth’s Attorney Daniel Chichester as he discusses the history of crime in the county.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. at England Run Library: Government Island: Making of the White House and Capitol and its 300 Year History. Join Jane Conner as she recounts the history of the island and its use today.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Porter Library: Expansion of Quantico Marine Corps Base into Stafford County, 1942. Local author Jerrilyn Eby MacGregor tells the story of the residents having their homes and land condemned for the expansion of Quantico Marine Corps Base.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. at England Run Library: Woe Upon the Land: Stafford’s Civilians Struggle Amidst Civil War. John Hennessy, the Chief Historian of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park will present the program.
Thursday, October 7, 2014, at University Hall at University of Mary Washington, Stafford Campus: The Washingtons of Sulgrave Manor: A Family, a House, and a Legacy of Friendship. Learn about Cymon Snow of Sulgrave Manor as stories are shared in 17th-century dress.
If you are ever in the Fredericksburg area and visit the library, here is a long list of resources I edited to assist in conducting genealogical research. I made this list several years ago and it probably needs a little updating, but it is still very relevant. My goal was to make this list easy for patrons to use and locate materials, and I didn’t use a particular format for citing.
African American Genealogy Resources
ANF: Adult Non Fiction
VR: Virginiana Room, Headquarters Library
VRD: Virginiana Room Duplicate Shelving; see reference for assistance
VRL: Virginiana Room Locked Cabinet; see reference for assistance
African American Genealogical Sourcebook. 1995. [VR 929.1 Af]
Beasley, D. Family Pride: The Complete Guide to Tracing Your African-American Genealogy. 1997. [VR 929.1 Be] [ANF 929.373 Be]
Blockson, C. Black Genealogy. 1991. [ANF 929.1 Bl]
Braxton, S. J. Guide to Tracing Your African Ameripean Civil War Ancestor. 1997. [VR 929.Br]
Burroughs, Tony. Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree. 2002. [VR and ANF 929.1 Bu]
The Family Tree Guide Book: Everything You Need to Know to Trace Your Genealogy Across North America. 2002. [ANF 929.1072 Fa]
Fears, M. J.L. Slave Ancestral Research: It’s Something Else. 1995. [VR 929.1 Fe]
Gates, H. L. Finding Oprah’s Roots: Finding Yours. 2007. [ANF 929.1072 Ga]
Newman, D. L. Black History: A Guide to Civilian Records in the National Archives. 1984. [VR 016.973 Ne]
Peters, J. W. Local Records and Genealogy: A Primer for Family Historians. 1992. [VR 929.1 Pe]
Peters, J. W. Local Sources for African-American Family Historians: Using County Court Records and Census Returns. 1993 [VR 929.1 Pe]
Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. 2004. [VR 929.1 Re]
Streets, D. H. Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies. 1986. [VR 929.1 St]
Thackery, D. Finding Your African American Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide. 2000. [VR 929.1 Th]
The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. 1997. [VR 929.1 So]
Walton-Raji, A. Y. Black Indian Genealogy Research. 1993. [VR 929.1 Wa]
Woodtor, D. Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African –American Genealogy and Historical Identity. 1999. [ANF 305.Wo]
Vital Records, Census, and Statistical Information
Bell, J.C. Louisa County Records You Probably Never Saw of 18th Century Virginia. 1983. [VR 929.3755465 Lo]
Certificates and Registry of Free Negroes, City of Fredericksburg, 1790-1862. [VRL]
Celebrating Our Heritage: Holy, Hallowed and Historical 1888-1998; Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site). 1998-2000. [VR 975.5366 Ce]
Chappawamsic Baptist Church (Stafford County, Virginia). Records, 1766-1919. Two volumes. [VR 975.526 Re]
Collins, H. R. Caroline County, Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics of Death Records, 1853-1896. 1999. [VR 929.3755362 Co]
Collins, H. R. Caroline County, Virginia Death Records (1919-1994) from The Caroline Progress, A Weekly Newspaper Published in Bowling Green, Virginia. 1995. [VR 929.3755362 Co]
Death Notices from the Free Lance-Star 1992. 1993? [VR 070 Fr]
Death Notices from the Free Lance-Star 1993-1996. 1996. [VR 070 Fr]
Greene, R. E. Black Courage, 1775-1783: Documentation of Black Participation in the American Revolution. 1984. [VR 929.373 Gr]
Heinegg, P. Free African Americans of North Carolina and Virginia. 1992. [VR 929.3755 He]
Heinegg, P. Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina. 2001. Two volumes. [VR 929.3755 He]
Hodge, R. A. Birth Records, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1853-1896. 1980. Two volumes. [VR 929.3755366 Ho]
_____. Birth Records, Fredericksburg, Virginia. 1900-1940 (colored). 1998. [VR 929.3755366 Ho].
_____. Fredericksburg, Virginia, Death Records, 1853-1895. 1980. [VR 929.3755366]
_____. An Index to the Death Notices in the Free Lance-Star, 1981-1991. 1992. [VR 070 Fr]
_____. An Index to the Newspaper Death Notices, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1990. 1990. [0.70 Fr]
_____. An Index to the Newspaper Death Notices, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1991. 1991. [VR 070 Fr]
_____. Indexes to the Death Notices in the Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia), 1981- 1983. 1981-1983. [VR 070 Fr]
_____. Indexes to the Death Notices in the Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia), 1984- 1986. 1984-1986. [VR 070 Fr]
____. Indexes to the Death Notices in the Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia) 1987-1989. 1987-1989. [VR 070 Fr]
____. Indexes to the Death Notices in the Virginia Star (Culpeper, Virginia), 1919-1928). 1982. [VR 070 Vi]
____. Indexes to the Death Notices in the Virginia Star (Culpeper, Virginia), 1929-1953. 1982. [VR 070 Vi]
_____. Shiloh Cemetery: A List of Names. 1981. [VR 975.5366 Sh]
_____. Some Pre-1871 Vital Statistics of Colored Persons of Culpeper County, Virginia. 1978. [VR 929.3755392]
Index to Certificates and Registry of Free Negroes, City of Fredericksburg, 1790-1862. [VRL]
Indexes to the Death Notice in the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1997-2000. [2000?] [VR 070 Fr]
Lee, E. N. King George County, Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Records, 1853-1896. 1995. [VR 929.375525 Le]
List of Female Colored Voters Registered at Lower Precinct in Fredericksburg City, Virginia Since January 1, 1904. Two volumes. [VRL]
List of Female Colored Voters Registered at Upper Precinct in Fredericksburg City, Virginia Since January 1, 1904. Two volumes. [VRL]
“List of Free Blacks in Westmoreland County, Virginia 1801.” The Virginia Genealogist31:1 (January –March 1987). [VR 051 Vi]
List of Male and Female Colored Voters, 1904-1905, Fredericksburg, Virginia. 198-? [VR 929.3755366 Li]
List of Male Colored Voters Registered at Lower Precinct in Fredericksburg City, Virginia since January 1. 1904. Two volumes. [VRL]
List of Male Colored Voters Registered at Upper Precinct in Fredericksburg City, Virginia, since January 1. 1904. Two volumes. [VRL]
Obituaries as Published in the Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Virginia: January 1, 2001-December 31, 2004. [2005?] [VR 070 Fr]
Plunkett, Michael. Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts. 1990.[VR 016.975 Pl]
Potts, H. E. A Comprehensive Name Index for the American Slave. 1997. [VR 929.373 Po]
Provine, D. S. District of Columbia Free Negro Registers, 1821-1861. Two volumes. [VR 929.3753 Po]
Smithson, R. E. Register of Prominent Black Americans: Virginia. 1990. [VR 920 Sm]
The Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Va. From 1653-1812. 1988. [VR 975.533 Ch]
Virginia Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics. [Registers of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Virginia] [19–?] [VR Microforms 317.55 Vi]
Virginia Slave Births Index, 1853-1865. 2007. Five volumes. [VR 929.3755 Vi]
Local Area (Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland) History
Burton, C. African-American Education in Westmoreland County. 1999. [VR 975.524 Bu]
Burton, C. Westmoreland County. 2000. [VR 925.524 Bu]
Civil Rights: Fredericksburg’s Story. 1997. [DVDs 9.755 C58, Videos 9.755 F85]
Fitzgerald, R. C. A Different Story: A Black History of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania, Virginia. 1979. [VR 975.5366 Fi]
Miller, T. African Americans in Spotsylvania County. 2008. [VR and ANF 975.5365 Mi]
OBrion, C. G. Coping with Jim Crow: Black Education in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1905-1963. 1990. [VR 975.5366 Ob]
Personal and Family Histories
Blight, D. W. A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom: Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation. 2007. [VR and ANF 973.7115 Bl]
Conway, H. L. The Harry Conway Family History. 1997. [VR 929.2 Con]
Ellison, C. J. Brown, Thompson, Jerome: Our Family History: 1821-1991: Celebrating 170 Years of Our Family’s Roots. . [VR 929.2 Bro]
God Made Man, Man Made the Slave: The Autobiography of George Teamoh. 1990. [VR 921 Tea]
Gordon-Reed, A. The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. 2008. [VR and ANF 921 Hemin]
Howard-Douglas, D. The Descendants of the First Mitchell Wilson of Westmoreland County, Virginia: 1824 to 2002. 2002. [VRD 929.2 Wi]
John Washington’s Civil War: A Slave Narrative. 2008. [VR and ANF 973.7115 Wa]
Lanier, S. Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family. 2000. [VR 920 La]
Madden, T.O. We Were Always Free: The Maddens of Culpeper County, Virginia: A Two-Hundred –Year Family History. 1992. [VR and ANF 920 Ma]
Reed, B. The Slave Families of Thomas Jefferson: A Pictorial Study Book with an Interpretation of His Farm Book in Genealogy Charts. 2007. Two Volumes. [VR 929.1 Re]
Russell, J. D. Beyond the Rim: From Slavery to Redemption in Rappahannock County, Virginia. 2005. [ANF 975.5395 Ru]
Stanton, L. Free Some Day: The African-American Families of Monticello. 2000. [VR 929.1 St]
Wills, A. L. Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color: Four Hundred Years of an American Families’ History. 2003. [VR 929.3 Wi]
Virginia African American History and Information
Afro-American History and Culture. 1999. [VR and ANF 975.5 Af]
Barber, L. African American History Sources: A Bibliography. 1992. [VR 305.896 Ba]
Before Freedom Came: African-American Life in the Antebellum South: To Accompany an Exhibition Organized by the Museum of the Confederacy. 1991. [VR and ANF 305.8 Be]
Bogger, T. Free Blacks in Norfolk, Virginia, 1790-1860: The Darker Side of Freedom. 1997. [VR 975.5521 Bo]
Boyle, S.P. The Desegregated Heart: A Virginian’s Stand in Time of Transistion. 1962. [VR 323.1 Bo]
Brewer, J. H. The Confederate Negro: Virginia’s Craftsmen and Military Laborers, 1861-1865. 1969. [VR 973.715 Br]
Buni, A. The Negro in Virginia Politics, 1902-1965. 1967. [VR and ANF 323.11 Bu]
Chester, Thomas Morris. Thomas Morris Chester, Black Civil War Correspondent: His Dispatches from the Virginia Front. 1989. [VRD 929.7415 Ch]
Coleman, Mary Haldane Begg. Virginia Silhouettes: Contemporary Letters Concerning Negro Slavery in the State of Virginia, to which is Appended, A Dissertation on Slavery with a proposal for the Gradual Abolition of it in the State of Virginia. 1934. [VRD 975.503 Co]
Craven, W.F. White, Red, and Black: The Seventeenth-Century Virginian. 1971. [VR 975.502 Cr]
Cross-White, A. Charlottesville, An African-American Community. 1998. [VR 975.5481 Cr]
Dailey, J.E. Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia. 2000. [ANF 975.5041 Da]
Davis, V. A. Here I Lay My Burdens Down: A History of the Black Cemeteries of Richmond, Virginia. 2003. [VRD 929.509755451 Da]
Egerton, D. R. Gabriel’s Rebellion: The Virginia Slave Conspiracies of 1800 and 1802.1993. [VR and ANF 975.503 Eg]
Ely, M. P. Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from 1790s through the Civil War. 2004. [ANF 975.5632 El]
Fox-Genovese, E. Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South. 1988. [VR 305.4 Fo]
Guild, J. P. Black Laws of Virginia: A Summary of the Legislative Acts of Virginia Concerning Negroes from Earliest Times to the Present. 1995. [VR 346.013 Gu]
The Heritage and Culture of African Americans in Virginia: A Guide to the Sites. 2001. [VR, R and ANF 975.5 He]
Jordan, E. L. Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia. 1995. [VR and ANF 973.74755 Jo]
Kulikoff, A. Tobacco and Slaves: The Development of Southern Cultures in the Chesapeake, 1680-1800. 1988. [ANF 975.518 Ku]
Lebsock, S. The Free Women of Petersburg: Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784-1860. 1984. [VR 305.42 Le]
Lewis, R. L. Coal, Iron, and Slaves: Industrial Slavery in Maryland and Virginia, 1715- 1865. 1979. [VR 331.117 Le]
McGuire, L. H. Uprooted and Transplanted: From Africa to America: Focus on African-Americans in Essex County, Virginia: Oppressions, Achievements, and Contributions, the 1600s-1900s. 1999. [VR 975.534 Mc]
McLeRoy, S. Strangers in Their Midst: The Free Black Population of Amherst County,Virginia. 1993. [VR 929.3755496 Mc]
Morgan,E. S. American Slavery, American Freedom. 2003. [ANF 975.502 Mo]
Morgan, P. D. Slave Counterpart: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry. 1998. [ANF 305.8 Mo]
O’Brien, J. T. Reconstruction in Richmond: White Restoration and Black Protest, April-June 1865. 1981. [VR 975.5451 Ob]
Plunkett, M. Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts. 1990. [VR 016.975 Pl]
Readings in Black and White: Lower Tidewater Virginia. 1982. [VR 975.51 Re]
Rose, R. A. Norfolk, Virginia. 2000. [VR 975.552 Ro]
Russell, J. H. The Free Negro in Virginia, 1619-1865. 1969. [VR 305.8 Ru]
Russell, L. F.Black Baptist Secondary Schools in Virginia, 1887-1957: A Study in Black History. 1981. [VR 373 Ru]
Savitt, T. L. Medicine and Slavery: The Diseases and Health Care of Blacks in Antebellum Virginia. 1978. [VR 610.9 Sa]
Schwarz, P. J. Slave Laws in Virginia. 1996. [ANF 326 Sc]
Slavery and Freedom in the Age of the American Revolution. 1983. [VR 326 Sl]
Smith, J. D. Managing White Supremacy: Race, Politics, and Citizenship in Jim Crow Virginia. 2002. [ANF 975.5042]
Stevenson, B. E. Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South. 1996. [ANF 306.8 St]
Takagi, M. Rearing Wolves to Our Own Destruction: Slavery in Richmond, Virginia, 1782-1865. 1999. [ANF 326 Ta]
Tate, T. W. The Negro in Eighteenth Century Williamsburg. 1965, 1987 printing. [VR and ANF 305.8 Ta]
Taylor, A.A. The Negro in the Reconstruction of Virginia. 1926. [VR 975.504 Ta]
Tyler-McGraw, Marie. In Bondage and Freedom: Antebellum Life in Richmond, Virginia. 1988. [VR and ANF 975.5451 Ty]
Virginia Landmarks of Black History: Sites on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. [VR, ANF and R 728 Vi]
Virginia Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in Virginia from Interviews with Former Slaves. 2006? [ANF 306.362 Vi]
Weevils in the Wheat: Interviews with Virginia Ex-Slaves. 1976. [VR 301.45 We] [ANF 305.8 We]
White, D.G. Ar’n’t I a Woman? : Female Slaves in the Plantation South. 1985. [305.56 Wh]
Writer’s Program. Virginia. The Negro in Virginia. 1969. [VR 326 Ne]
Online Genealogy Sources
Afrigeneas: African Ancestored Genealogy. http://www.afrigeneas.com
Ancestry database. Ancestry is accessed for free at any CRRL library branch.
Central Rappahannock Heritage Center. http:www.crhcarchives.org
Cyndi’s List: African American resources. http://www.cyndislist.com/african.htm
FamilySearch: African American database.
Fredericksburg Research Resources.
Freedmen’s Bureau Online: Virginia. http://www.freedmensbureau.com/virginia/index.htm
Geni: A private place to build your family tree. http://www.geni.com
My Heritage: Share your family tree. http://www.myheritage.com
HeritageQuest. Access granted at many local libraries with a library card.
The National Archives: African American Research.
Roots Television. http://www.rootstelevision.com
Virginia Memory, Library of Virginia. http://www.virginiamemory.com