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Negro Year Book: 1931-1932

One of my favorite online resources is Google Books. For doing genealogy research, I find it an indispensable tool.  Google has scanned many books that are in the public domain which can also be downloaded in their entirety as a PDF file. Even for those books that are not in the public domain, the ability to search them and search across collections of books can help lead to discoveries.

This week, I’ve begun to use Microsoft’s book project, Live Search Books, as well. While as much extra-linked information is not available in Live Search Books, I do like their interface.  While continuing the search on James Carroll Napier and his family, I located the Negro Year Book for 1931-1937 on there.

The Negro Year Book provides an overview of various aspects relative to blacks in society in the county (and in some other countries). The Year Book covers statistics, stories in the news of discrimination against blacks,  politics, descriptions of organizations & associations, general biographical sketches, etc. It’s a nice historical resource and I’ve used it for some reference of a few individuals.

Update – Microsoft has disbanded their Live Search, so the book is no longer available there.

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