Genealogist Dean Henry of Family Pearl, LLC shares his expertise in researching African-Americans in Pennsylvania. The genealogy of ancestors of African descendent requires using records beyond the PA’s borders and Dean tells us how to get started.
Dean Henry is a Philadelphia-area Genealogist with over a decade of experience. We cover:
- Misconceptions of African-American research.
- Important record groups to use at the federal, state, and county level.
- Key groups to join on your family history journey.
- Fun finds from Dean’s research.
Be sure to check out the links below for the resources mentioned in the episode.
Dean Henry, Family Pearl, LLC – familypearl.com
Groups Dean is a member of and recommends:
African American Genealogy Group, Philadelphia based – AAGG.org
Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh chapters – AAHGS.org
Chester County Archives (each county kept these records so check with your county of interest)
Black Roots, by Tony Burroughs (2001)
African American in Pennsylvania: Shifting Historical Perspectives, edited by Joe William Trotter, Jr and Eric Ledel Smith (1997)
African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War: A Guide to Service, Sources, and Studies, by Daughters of the American Revolution (2008)
Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh, 1790-1890, by Elise A. Guyette (2020)