California State Archives releases video resources on African American genealogical records

The California State Archives has announced the release of new videos detailing African American genealogical resources available at the State Archives, coinciding with the upcoming Family History Week activities.

From April 1 to 6, the California State Archives will collaborate with the Sacramento Genealogical Society, Center for Sacramento History, California State Library, Sacramento Public Library, Yolo County Archives, FamilySearch, Placer County Museums, California State Parks and Sutter County Museum to host a free six-day series of events featuring 16 classes on genealogy-based topics.

These events aim to assist participants in uncovering their ancestors’ significant life events and the stories that define them.

Multiple events highlight African American genealogical research, including “U.S. Colored Troops Pension Records of 1890” presented by Denise I. Griggs on Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the California State Archives.

The State Archives’ newly released videos are titled, “Genealogical Resources at the State Archives,” and were originally recorded as part of a presentation by the California State Archives during the 16th Annual Family History Seminar, hosted by the Greater Sacramento African American Genealogy Society, on March 12, 2022. Individuals keen on exploring their familial roots can access these and other invaluable resources conveniently via the Genealogical and Family History section on the California State Archives website.

“We’re thrilled to announce the release of our African American Genealogical videos,” said Natalia Visante, Acting State Archivist.” The timing couldn’t be better to unveil this amazing resource, just before Family History Week. We treasure our partnerships with organizations such as the Sacramento Genealogical Society and the Greater Sacramento African American Genealogy Society and how we work together to further support those seeking to learn more about their family history.”

The State Archives, a division of the California State Secretary of State’s Office, serves as a vital hub for historical records and genealogical research within the state.

For more information, visit the Family History Day Website: 

https://srgcouncil.org/cpage.php?pt=77

Register for Family History Week Activities:

https://form.jotform.com/240057778188165

Watch African American Genealogical Videos:

African American Genealogical Records at the California State Archives – part 1

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU4d6rxas1I)

African American Genealogical Records at the California State Archives – part 2

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmO3dclHhSc)

African American Genealogical Records at the California State Archives – part 3

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXRjoQHLXxc)

African American Genealogical Records at the California State Archives – part 4

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CydDREj18-c)