Ethnic Sources


There are many types of records available for various ethnic groups. Locating them may be difficult as they cannot be depended upon to exist for all the locations and cultural groups that you may be researching.This is where Genealogy One-on-One can help. Asking experienced researchers for help may save you hours of wasted time and frustration.

Some common ethnic sources include church records and newspapers. Native American researchers may find the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Dawes Rolls, and other Indian rolls, or special Indian censuses to be particularly useful. Territorial records for parts of the Southwest may include information about your Hispanic-American ancestors. Other repositories or record types my include information on your Asian-American or African-American ancestors.

A number of records of slaves and slavery exist, but tend to be spotty and of uneven quality. Immigrant relief association records are also hard to find, but may harbor the clue you need to get your ancestor "across the pond." Are you researching your Irish ancestors or your Italian or German ancestors? Let us guide you in your research or perhaps you want us to do the research for you. 

Many ethnic groups have established historical libraries. You might find information in the Immigration History Research Center in Minnesota.  Many books of immigrant records have been published and articles on groups regularly appear in genealogical quarterlies. There may be a special genealogical societies devoted to your country of origin, religion, or culture. Perhaps a historical society magazine will have an article about your ethnic group.

Help Me!  Determine what books and articles have been published about my ancestor's ethnic group in my research location.

Help Me!  Determine whether articles have been published in genealogical periodicals.

Help Me!  Find an ethnic genealogical society.  

Help Me!   Find manuscript collections of slave and plantation records.

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