Discover Your African-American Ancestry at the Library

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Finding your genealogical roots can be challenging–even more so if your family tree includes people of color. Fortunately, the Fauquier County Public Library has several resources to help you uncover your African-American heritage. Whether you’re just beginning your journey through family history or looking to dig deeper, you’re bound to find a few helpful hints in these resources.

If you’re just getting started, the library has several titles that will help you get your bearings in genealogy research:

Having trouble finding records about your veteran ancestor? Try these resources:

  • Forgotten Patriots by Eric Grundset. Considered to be one of the best resources specific to African-Americans and Native Americans who served in the Revolutionary War, the book includes maps and illustrations along with veteran names.
  • Fold3, from This resource includes “colored” troop records which you can access for free through the end of February.

If some of your ancestors came from Fauquier County, here are a few resources all about African-American families in Fauquier:

Happy Researching!

∼ Frances, clerk, Bealeton branch library

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