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On-Line Workshop: Researching African American Families at the Maryland State Archives


Welcome to the Maryland State Archives On-Line Workshop: Researching African American Families The On-Line Workshop is an on-going project designed to introduce research methods and resources, presented during the Archives' in-house workshops, to family history researchers through the internet. This On-Line Workshop presents image and video files from the Researching African American Families Workshop offered on March 4, 2000.

The workshop leaders were Robert W. Barnes, Jerry Hynson, Agnes Kane Callum, and Paul Heinegg. Mr. Barnes has been conducting genealogical research in Maryland for over 30 years and is the compiler of several standard source books on Maryland genealogy. His publications include the three-volume Maryland Marriages 1634-1820, Baltimore County Families 1659-1759, and Guide to Research in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

This On-Line Workshop is presented in five segments: These segments cover the use of colonial records, military records, census records, vital records (e.g. birth, death, marriage, and adoption records), and electronic access to guides and records to conduct African America family history research. Please read the instructions given below and then proceed to the Workshop.

Before you play the videos

[get Real Player 7 Free] If you do not already have RealPlayer installed on your computer, you will need to download the free Real Media software in order to play the movies. Please download the "Real Player G2 Basic" application (plus version is not necessary). Earlier Real Player applications may not work. The real media player plug-in can also be obtained from both the Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Explorer web sites.
On-Line Workshop Segments
Black Families
in Colonial Maryland,
Delaware, and Virginia
Maryland Freedom Papers
and other
early 19th Century Sources
The United States
Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.)
Using Census
and Vital Records
On-line Resources

Complete Catalogue of All Transparencies Available for this Workshop

Many transparencies are presented in the video clips as examples of those you might need or encounter during your research. These images have been recreated at high quality to enable you to print them out at home before playing the video clips. They are labeled according to their archival series. It is not advisable to attempt viewing the large transparency images simultaneously with the videos as the required memory may stall your machine.

[printer]There are two ways to print out the transparencies. To print a transparency from within a Workshop segment, just click on the item from the list. When you see the image, go to File>Print and click "OK". To print a transparency from the complete catalogue below you need to choose the format you which to print, either JPEG or TIF. JPEGs are slightly less detailed, but require less time to download. TIFs, on the other hand, retain every detail and are larger files. Consequenty, their download time is much longer.

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