Black Roots in Southeastern Connecticut, 1650-1900
Author: James Rose
Published: 2001 reprint of 1980 original
Hardcover, 722 pages
This book represents a milestone in the publishing of African-American genealogy. Authors Rose and Brown spent eight years gathering every shred of information they could find on approximately 2,000
African-American families who inhabited one or more of 26 counties in Southeastern Connecticut. Their sources consisted primarily of U.S. census records from 1790 through 1870 and secondarily on manumission records, deeds, probate records, diaries, church records and military records. In particular, Rose and Brown have amassed an amazing amount of information on blacks who were living in an area that, on the eve of the Revolutionary War, had one of the largest slave populations in New England.