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Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts, 1650-1865

This project is a sub-project of a FUTURE COLONIAL AMERICA PROJECT!

Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts, 1650-1865, Revised Edition

Author: Joseph Caravalho III Published: September 2011 This extensively researched and expanded volume chronicles the lives of African American individuals and families who lived in the area now known as Hampden County in western Massachusetts between the years 1650 and 1865. Author Joseph Carvalho III has relied on a wide variety of sources—including church records, ministers’ journals, family papers, court records, newspapers, U.S. and Massachusetts census reports, military and pension records, city directories, and cemetery records—to piece together family relationships. As a result of this additional research, the revised edition includes noteworthy new material. This compilation of genealogical, biographical, and historical information not only brings these individuals to life but also provides the student of regional black history with a comprehensive view of the community at a pivotal time in history.

“Carvalho’s first edition of Black Families in Hampden County created a model for grassroots-level studies of African-American life. His second edition has now significantly raised the bar for thorough and creative use of historical resources.”

—Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, Samford University Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research