My Best Genealogy Tips:
Finding Enslaved Ancestors
My Best Genealogy Tips:
A quick way to solve a research problem

My Best Genealogy Tips: A Quick Way to Solve a Research Problem will assist beginner’s and researchers who feel they need to start over. This is the first in a series of books which will walk you through the getting an oral history interview, using historical records rather than family trees for proving research, and making sure you remember to include the things expert researchers have admittedly forgotten.


You will avoid the common pitfalls many seasoned researchers have fallen into such has what to do when you find a photo that you would like to use or making sure you tell the most important family history --- your own!


Become proficient with where to look for resources that match where your ancestors lived and when they lived in a certain place. I have answered thousands of questions from researchers around the globe. This series will enable you to help yourself.

Did you ever wonder about the enslaved people in your ancestry? Have you asked the oldest living relative what they remember? Do you know what to do next? After going through and documenting everything I had, I reached out to the community where my grandfather was enslaved in Greenwood County, SC. 


Originally, I was puzzled because I could not find them in 1880. Greenwood County was redistricted in 1897. They did not move, but Greenwood County did not exist before 1897. It was Abbeville County, SC before 1897. 


I was able to then find Lafayette Franklin Vance in 1880 and 1870 along with his siblings, his parents, and his grandmother on the census. Have you located your formerly enslaved ancestor on the 1880 and 1870 censuses?


I moved to Greenwood County, SC and spent two years trying to uncover what I could. The articles included in this book are for those of you who would like to take my examples and use them to find burials for those who were formerly enslaved, documenting enslaved ancestors, and working with the descendants of slaveholders to discover what they know.


In my experience, I did not take the advice given to me while I was researching. I was told that I would not be able to document my ancestors before 1870. I was told that I would not find them married after enslavement. I was told that I did not need to search for them on land deeds or even in newspapers. These are the things that I was told.


I did not listen, and I have found all of my ancestors married after enslavement. I learned the name of my 3rd great grandfather on a deed that also named his children. I have discovered countless newspapers that named my ancestors. For these reasons, I have a habit of visiting libraries and archives to look at their resources for myself

Robin R. Foster
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Walter Curry:
If you are interested in learning about best genealogy tips finding enslaved ancestors, check out Robin Foster manual. It’s an easy read with resources and strategies to unlock the discovery of your own genealogy!

Martha Marshall Taylor: I am learning so much from reading these! Love how you have organized the information.

Tonia Mckoy· 

These books have helped me tremendously!! If you retrace your steps once you have purchased both copies you just might find or tear down your brick wall or stumble upon a new branch to your existing tree (s).

Thank you, Robin❤️