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History References

Hi Writers:

We've discussed the need to use history to fillout, support or document the lives of our ancestors. I would be interested in knowing what books or url's you use in your research into the background of your families.

My favorite overall reference source is:
"Before the Mayflower" . It keeps you focused with time lines and very balanced history.

Since my focus is the Lower South, I read and refer to these books:

"Black Charlestonians" by Bernard Powers

"Black Society in Spanish Florida" by Jane Landers

"Creoles of Color" edited by James H. Dormon

"The Ruling Race" by James Oakes (slave holding families)

"Creeks and Seminoles" by Leitch Wright, Jr. (an incredible viewpoint of the early colonial years of the Floridas, Alabama, lower Georgia & South Carolina)

In addition to the incredibly rich afro-centric websites like Afrigeneas and Lest We Forget, I continually refer to the Florida Heritage Collection for general history documentation. I've been surprised on several occasions to find vital information regarding my ancestors on general history websites.

The url is:

I would be curious to know where you find your research information in order to write about your family histories.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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