African American Resource Center
New Orleans Public Library

African American Genealogical Research in New Orleans
Where to Go for Records and Documents

Before going to the library or archives, gather information on your family at home. Collect family records on yourself, your parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and other relatives. If these documents are already in your family's possession you're ahead of the game. Check these records against the chart to accurately record the information you've listed. As you gather this information you will begin to learn more about the personal life of your ancestors. Genealogy is similar to history in that in both fields you use primary sources and you must document your work.

As you gather documents, you will most likely come across records with erroneous information relating to yourself and your family. It is a good practice to always find as many documents about the same event to compare them for the most accurate information.

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