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Reconstruction Period Research Forum

Reconstruction in Florida

Not many families lived in isolation during reconstruction. They interacted with their other family members, their church members, their community, its people and organizations. Understanding Reconstruction is understanding the history of people and the history of locations and institutions.

Using the internet, you can view extracts from books online, browse online databases, looks through everything from City Directories to Marriage records to Cemetery records.
Following are just a few of the 'hits' I found online.

"The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920" ¹
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A history of Black America - " Tallahassee, Florida " ²
This publication appears to be a history of a few of the black families of Tallahassee, especially the Riley family.
The "John Gilmore Riley Center" in Tallahassee, Florida, has an online guide to Tallahassee and Florida's Black Heritage. ³
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The online collections and guides from the Florida State Archives to Rootsweb provide many additional genealogical resources.


Local and university libraries are a first choice for genealogy resources. Many great books on reconstruction can be borrowed directly or via inter-library loan through your local library. If your library is online, try to search their catalog for books on Florida History and Reconstruction.

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¹ Ortiz, Paul. "Emancipation Betrayed". Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

² Barnes, Althemese, and Ann Roberts. Tallahassee, Florida. : Arcadia Publishing, 2000.

³ "Guide to Tallahassee's African American Heritage." Riley Museum. John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History and Culture, Inc.. 01 Oct. 2005 [rileymuseum-dot-org].

Florida Online Resources
(a) The Florida State Archives, "The Black Experience", a collection of resources at the Archives. [floridamemory-dot-com on the world wide web] and []

(b) Leon County site on rootsweb includes links to the African American Roots site, the 1904 City Directory, and more.[]

(c) The University of South Florida's "African Heritage Project"® is online. It contains several how-to guides, including tips on using standard genealogical resources. Also check their multi-site engine for a one stop search of the world wide web. [africanaheritage-dot-com]

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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