Ventura County Genealogical Society

African American Genealogy Resources


VCGS, in conjunction with the Camarillo Library, is preparing for an all-day seminar on Saturday, February 18, 2017 to celebrate African American History Month. Janice Sellers will be speaking; she is a professional genealogist who specializes in black, Jewish, forensic, and newspaper research. See our Events page for more detail.

We have gathered some additional resources to aid you in your genealogy search if you have African American ancestors.

In our Links section, you will find a set of internet resources to help you get started: click here for Links.

In our Library section, you will find a list of our pertinent holdings. These reference books are held at the Camarillo Library, and are for use at the Library. They cannot be checked out: click here for Catalog.

Additionally, the Camarillo Library has some books on the topic in their circulating collection, which can be checked out at your convenience. See below for a partial list.

Finally, please scroll down beyond the Camarillo Library Circulating Collection to see a listing of this year's conferences and institutes.

Best of luck with your ancestor search!


Camarillo Library Circulating Collection, selected items

Call Number Title Author Year
929.1 Family Pride: The Complete Guide to Tracing African-American Genealogy Beasley, Donna 1997
929.2 H168 Alex Haley's Queen: The Story of an American Family Haley, Alex and David Stevens 1993
929.20973 MOZIN The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Captive, His White Descendants, a Search for Family Mozingo, Joe 2012
929.20973 BAKER The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family's Journey to Freedom Baker, John F., Jr. 2009
BIO Madden We Were Always Free: The Maddens of Culpeper County, Virginia: A 200-Year Family History Madden, T.O., Jr. 1992

Selected Items Available via Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Type Title Author Year
Memoir/Biography Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem Madison, Paula Williams 2015
Non-fiction Black Indian Genealogy Research:
African-American Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, An Expanded Edition
(Note: The first edition, published 1993, is also available from some libraries.)
Walton-Raji, Angela Y. 2007


2017 Conferences and Institutes

Date Event Location
March 11 Discover Your Roots
Billed as the 15th Annual African American Family History Conference by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and co-sponsored by the California African American Genealogical Society and the San Diego African American Genealogy Research Group, this is a one-day event. Find out more at discoveryourroots.org
Los Angeles
June 9-11 SCGS Jamboree
The Southern California Genealogical Society will be holding their 48th annual Jamboree in 2017. Similar to recent years, SCGS is expected to offer an African-American track; details will be posted when available. Find out more at genealogyjamboree.com
Burbank
July 11-13 Midwest African American Genealogy Institute
This is the fifth year for this three-day event; it will be held for the second time at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The first three years were convened in St. Louis, Missouri. Find out more at www.maagiinstitute.org
Fort Wayne


2016 Conferences and Institutes

Date Event Location
March 12 Discover Your Roots
Billed as the 14th Annual African American Family History Conference by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and co-sponsored by the California African American Genealogical Society and the San Diego African American Genealogy Research Group, this is a one-day event. Find out more at discoveryourroots.org
Los Angeles
March 17-19 CAAGS 30th Anniversary Conference
This 30th Anniversary Conference, sponsored by the California African American Genealogical Society, is a three-day event. Find out more at caags.org
Los Angeles
June 3-5 SCGS Jamboree
The Southern California Genealogical Society will be holding their 47th annual Jamboree in 2016. Similar to 2015, SCGS is offering an African-American track; this year it will be a 3-day, 7-session track. Find out more at genealogyjamboree.com and Researching African American Roots (pdf).
Burbank
July 12-14 Midwest African American Genealogy Institute
This is the fourth year for this three-day event; it will be held for the first time at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Find out more at www.maagiinstitute.org
Fort Wayne


Page last updated: 14 Jan 2017.