Finding and Using African American Newspapers
The release of "Finding and Using African
American Newspapers" occurred on May 15,
2008, at the Gregath Publishing Company's
exhibitor booth during the National Genealogical
Society's annual conference in Kansas City,
This research guide to African American
newspapers will help both genealogists and
amateur historians, as well as scholars, uncover
vital details on the "happenings" in black
communities, both large and small, across the
You may now read the first chapter of this
ground breaking book by clicking the link below.
African American Newspapers Book
A sampling of a few of the many gems
found in the pages of black newspapers
"On Jan. 29 Tom Moore passed away at the family residence on Main Street after a
prolonged illness. Mr. Moore was born in Roanoke, Va., later going to Tennessee,
thence to Ohio and coming to Wyoming in 1890. He is survived by a wife and one son.
Funeral services were held on Feb. 1 from the A.M.E. church on North street, which was
largely attended by with many beautiful flowers covering the casket. Charles Brooks of
Hanna was in town Thursday to attend the funeral of Tom Moore. Mrs. Ethel Malone
of Salt Lake City is in town, having come to attend the funeral of her grandfather. . .
." --Rock Springs, Wyoming column, Chicago Defender, February 17, 1923.
"John Bean, a well known citizen of Eldorado, Ill., who has been residing at 1726 east Adams
street with his son for five months, has just returned from Louisville, Ky., where he spent a week
with his two brothers and friends. Mr. Bean was born in Jefferson county Ky, in 1831; was
seperated [sic] from his mother and brothers in 1836, taken 350 miles away, located in Union
county, where he lived until 1865. He then moved to Gallatin county, Ill., where he lived for
about 18 years. He then moved to Saline county, Ill., where he now lives. From 1836 to
Thursday Sept. 3rd, 1891, Mr. Bean was without the knowledge of having a living brother in the
world, but having a knowledge of his birth-place, he resolved to go back in search of his parents
and relatives. On his arrival, he found that his mother was dead and that his two brothers yet
survived, and a host of relatives, who extended to him their hands and welcomed him to their
homes. His stay with his brothers was a pleasant one indeed. Mr. Bean is very much delighted
over his discovery.
--The State Capital (Springfield, IL), September 19, 1891.
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Some Early Comments From Purchasers:
I am halfway thru your book on newspapers. Learning so much from it I
know I can use.
I purchased a copy of your book, Finding and Using African American
Newspapers, while attending IGHR at Samford last week. Last night I read
it straight through and found it extremely interesting. Today I have explored
the various websites you mentioned and have found some wonderful
newspaper articles on Natchez residents, especially in the Chicago
Defender. I knew that a number of African Americans from Natchez had
moved to Chicago in the first half of the 20th century, but I had no idea that
there was an African American newspaper published there that included
news not only about its local residents, but also about the family members
they had left behind in Mississippi.