Friday, January 10, 2014

African American Funeral Program Collections



A question on the facebook page of the African American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research  group (AAGSAR)  prompted me to post this information that I complied as a reference source at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library which houses the Buffalo African-American Funeral Program and Obituary Collection.

African American Funeral Program Collections
A Select List

The Eula M. Ramsey Johnson Memorial Funeral Program Collection of 800 programs spans more than thirty years of African American funerals in the Augusta area.  (Online)


African American Funeral Programs of San Antonio
The collection consists of over 1,000 programs that date from 1935 to present day and depicts the African American community in Bexar County.  (Online)


The Black Archives Obituary and Funeral Program Collection documents the lives and deaths of three centuries of black South Floridians, 1962—2010.


African-American Funeral Programs
The Kelly Bryant Funeral Program Collection is housed in the North Carolina Room, Durham County Library, Durham NC. (In-house collection)


West Tennessee African American Funeral Programs, 1958-2005
Brownsville/Haywood County 
Funeral Programs collected by individual residents and family members of Haywood Countians  (Online)


Maryland State Library Resource Center,  Enoch Pratt Free Library
Funeral programs from the 1960s to the present. (On-site collection)


Index of Funeral Programs, 1800-1965
Compiled by the Indiana African American Genealogy Group, Indianapolis, IN
A CD that contains over 1600 names and also references funeral homes and cemeteries that served the black community.  ($)


Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society (MPAAGHS), Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Funeral Programs Project


The Chatham County Funeral Programs exhibit documents the lives and deaths of several generations of African American Chatham County residents.  (Online)


Arkansas Freedmen of the Frontier - Ft. Smith's Black History Site, African American Funeral Program & Obituary Collection
Geographic focus of the collection mostly Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.  Name index.  (Online, cost for copy)


Buffalo Genealogical Society of the African Diaspora
Buffalo African-American Funeral Program and Obituary Collection, volumes 1-4
Over 7,000 programs & obituaries of Buffalo & Western New York residents.
Copies of the microfilmed titles are housed at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, The Buffalo State College Archives and The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center, Buffalo State College (In-house collection)
Volume 1, Index of over 3,000 funeral programs & obituaries (Online)
http://www.monroefordham.org/misc/Funeral_Program.html


Genea-Related 
A blog with approximately 400 funeral programs; most of the people either lived, or had roots in Franklin County, NC.  
http://genea-related.blogspot.com/2013/12/names-added-to-nc-funeral-programs.html

24 comments:

  1. Both you & the Funeral Programs compilation are AMAZING Sandra! What a blessing to be surrounded by the likes of such resourceful people! Many thanks!:)

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    1. Thanks Luckie. The joke between me & my mother is that information is my life.

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  2. Nice! Found one of my friend's grandfather's in the Brownsville TN collection!

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  3. What a great grouping of resources...thanks for sharing!

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  4. thank you for guiding us toward these resources!

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  5. Amazing! many thanks to you Sandra. I already see a found a connection to relatives for Brownsville,TN. My husband's ancestors are from there! This is Awesome!

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    1. Wonderful. So glad I found a forum to share.

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  6. Thank you so much for posting these. You are a gem and you put a whole new to the word collaboration. Thank you for compiling this list. I am going through them now.

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    1. You are most welcome. Hope you can find a connection.

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  7. What an awesome resource you are and the resources you have shared. Thank you so much!

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    1. You're welcome! Hope it can be helpful to you.

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  8. This is great! Even though my database is much smaller, I'd love for you to add my site to your list. On my (side) blog, Genea-related, I have a link to a growing database, which lists the names of people for whom I have funeral programs in my possession. Currently, I have about 400 programs. I am slowly, but surely, adding them all to the database. Most of the people either lived, or had roots in Franklin County, NC, but there are a few others in the database from other areas. Please take a look! :)
    http://genea-related.blogspot.com/2013/12/names-added-to-nc-funeral-programs.html

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    1. Happy to add your database to the list. We must carry the touch and spread the word -- Genealogy junkies.

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  9. If you find anything on SC specifically Orangeburg that would be helpful. Thanks

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    1. I'll be on the lookout. Thanks for the suggestion.

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