Afro-American Genealogical Research:
Neither the vast power of slavery
nor its legacy of racism could quench the thirst for freedom or
the struggle of black families for knowledge of their history .
. . . Thus genealogy and history, in the passing of family ancestries
and histories from one generation to the next (most often by word
of mouth) have been a central concern of black Americans throughout
Charles L. Blockson, Ethnic Genealogy: A Research Guide