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[History] The Rose Collection- Black Genealogy

Recently, I came to possess 4 books authored by James M. Rose.
(Thanks VKN!)

Black Genesis- a Resource Book for African-American Genealogy
By James M. Rose, Ph.D. & Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., C.G. (1978)

“When Black Genesis was originally published in 1978, it was the first book to provide researchers with information on resources and a methodology specific to African American genealogy…”

Make sure you get the all-new 2nd edition. It is some 100 pages larger than the first.

Make sure you place it on your desk next to Dee Palmer Woodtor’s ‘Finding A Place called Home’ and Tony Burroughs’ ‘Black Roots’.

Tapestry- a Living history of the Black Family in Southern Conneticut
By James M. Rose & Barbara W. Brown (1979)

If you have Ancestors in Southern Conneticut, you are in luck.
Rose and Brown weave an interesting chronology of the colonial period (1680-1800), Conneticut Blacks who served in the War of Independence, migration and immigration, Black participation in the Civil War, and more.

If that weren’t enough, how about the genealogies of 17 families?
The surnames are Rogers, Wright, Jacklin, Jackson, Boham, Freeman, Moody, Quash, Magira, Peters, Hyde, Mason, Hallam, Bush, Berman and Lathrop.

Free Black Heads of Households in the New York State Federal Census, 1790-1830
By James M. Rose, Ph.D. & Alice Eichholz, Ph.D. (1981)

Faster than a speeding bullet
More powerful than a Google search
Able to leap pages in a single flip, man..; I wish my New York Ancestors were in the state, FREE, on or before 1830.

Kudos to the authors for compiling this awesome database in the days before Ancestry.com and Rootsweb.com.

Black Roots in Southeastern Connecticut, 1650-1900
By James M. Rose, Ph.D. & Barbara W. Brown (2001)

Originally published in 1980, “ this book was the result of a thorough search of the records of twenty seven towns in southeastern Conneticut for every reference to African Americans and their interconnectedness to Native Americans and European Americans.” – James M. Rose, Barbara W. Brown.

“The authors’ systematic approach in recovering and utilizing appropriate records is one which can be adapted to a number of geographical areas, particularly colonial ports.” – Alice Eichholtz, Ph.D.

With over 700 pages, if your Ancestor set foot on southeastern Conneticut soil and stayed for more than a minute, chances are good that they are mentioned in this book.

Get thee to a bookstore or library! :)

Peace,
"Guided by the Ancestors"


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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