The Missouri State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State's office, has created a new online resource for anyone researching African-American ancestry in the state. While the focus is on Missouri, most of the information in this video applies to other states as well.
African-American Genealogy: Putting Together the Pieces of Your Past is a five-part video featuring Family History Research Consultant Traci Wilson-Kleekamp. Traci provides tips on accessing the best Web sites, which records are most beneficial, and how to get the most out of original records.
The video guides researchers through the process of identifying ancestors from the era of slavery through a variety of records and documents. Watching the video requires Windows Media Player. Therefore, it is not available to Macintosh or Linux users unless you use a Windows emulator, such as the ones I have described in previous articles. However, transcripts of the video are also available online.
African-American Genealogy: Putting Together the Pieces of Your Past is available online at http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/about/presentations.asp.