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
||Family Pride: The Complete Guide to Tracing African-American Genealogy
||Alex Haley's Queen: The Story of an American Family
||Haley, Alex and David Stevens
||The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Captive, His White Descendants, a Search for Family
||The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family's Journey to Freedom
||Baker, John F., Jr.
||We Were Always Free: The Maddens of Culpeper County, Virginia: A 200-Year Family History
||Madden, T.O., Jr.
Selected Items Available via Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
||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.)
||Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem
||Madison, Paula Williams
||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.
2019 Conferences and Institutes
|May 30-31 &
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
||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 www.maagiinstitute.org.
Older Conferences and Institutes, currently dormant
||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 discoveryourroots.org. 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.
||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 caags.org.
Page last updated: 5 Feb 2019.