Tony Burroughs

Tony Burroughs is an internationally known genealogist who taught genealogy at Chicago State University for fifteen years. Burroughs researched Olympic Gold Medal sprint champion Michael Johnson’s family history and consulted on the Reverend Al Sharpton-Strom Thurmond genealogy; the Oprah Winfrey genealogy; African American Lives 2; The Real Family of Jesus, and consulted with Chicago Public Schools, New York Public Schools, Chicago City Colleges, and Ancestry.com.


Burroughs has received many honors including the Distinguished Service Award  from the National Genealogical Society, and is a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association. In 2012 he received a fellowship from the Black Metropolis Research Consortium to research the Underground Railroad in Chicago. In 2005 he was selected as one of 5,000 African Americans to be included in a video oral history archive by The History Makers. He lectures throughout the United States and Canada, having delivered over eighty lectures at national conferences including nine national keynote addresses, eight regional keynotes and eight state keynote addresses. Burroughs is on the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Kwame Nkrumah Academy.


Burroughs has traced three family lines seven generations. His genealogical research has qualified him for ten lineage society memberships including:

General Society of the War of 1812

            Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

            First Families of Pennsylvania

            Century Family of Nebraska           

            Pioneer Families of New Mexico

            First Families of the Twin Territories (Oklahoma and Indian Territory)

            Tennessee Ancestry

            Kansas Early Settlers

            Chicago Rebuilder

            Cook County (Illinois) Pioneers.


Mr. Burroughs’ research on the index to the Census led to discovering the original instructions and correcting a forty-year omission from National Archives’ instructions. His research on the Underground Railroad in 2001, enabled the Kimsey Crossing home in Tamarora, Illinois to be recognized by the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom. His testimony before Congress in 2000 helped preserve 135 year old records from the Freedmen’s Bureau.