Ventura County Genealogical Society

African American Genealogy Resources

This page has been prepared in observation of February's African American History Month. It was begun in 2016, and most recently updated for 2019.

VCGS has gathered here 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
Non-fiction Black Roots: A Beginners Guide To Tracing The African American Family Tree (Note: This book comes highly recommended by our February 2018 speaker, Charlotte Bocage.) Burroughs, Tony 2001
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

2019 Conferences and Institutes

Date Event Location
May 30-31 &
Jun 1-2
SCGS Jamboree
The Southern California Genealogical Society will be holding their 50th annual Jamboree in 2019. Similar to recent years, SCGS is expected to offer an African-American track; details will be posted when available. Find out more at
July 9-11 Midwest African American Genealogy Institute
This (2019) is the seventh year for this three-day event; it will be held for the fourth 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
Fort Wayne

Older Conferences and Institutes, currently dormant

Date Event Location
March Discover Your Roots (2016, 2017)
Billed as the 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 Please note: this was held in 2016 (14th Annual) and 2017 (15th Annual) but has not been seen since then. The webpage does not appear to be active.
Los Angeles
March CAAGS 30th Anniversary Conference (2016)
This 30th Anniversary Conference, sponsored by the California African American Genealogical Society, is a three-day event. Find out more at
Los Angeles

Page last updated: 5 Feb 2019.