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*[[Quick Guide to African American Records|African American Quick Guide]]  
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*[http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/ DiscoverFreedmen]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/e/e8/36367_African_American_Records.pdf Finding African Americans 1870-Present]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/e/e8/36367_African_American_Records.pdf Finding African Americans 1870-Present]  
*[[United States Census Population Schedules, 1870 United States|1870 United States Census]]
 
 
*[http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/ Digital Library on American Slavery]  
 
*[http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/ Digital Library on American Slavery]  
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61568 U.S., Freedmen's Bureau Records of Field Offices, 1863-1878]  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1417695 Freedman Bank Records 1865-1874] [[United States Freedman's Bank Registers 1865-1874 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[https://www.legacytree.com/african-american-ancestry LegacyTree: African American Ancestry (hire genealogist)]  
*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1414908&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1815-1869]
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1105 Freedmen's Bureau Field Offices 1865-1872]  
 
*[https://www.legacytree.com/african-american-ancestry Legacy Tree Genealogists]  
 
 
*[https://www.slcl.org/genealogy/search/southern%20claims%20commission Southern Claims Commission]  
 
*[https://www.slcl.org/genealogy/search/southern%20claims%20commission Southern Claims Commission]  
 
*[http://www.inmotionaame.org/home.cfm African-American Migration Experience]  
 
*[http://www.inmotionaame.org/home.cfm African-American Migration Experience]  
 
*[http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/ North American Slave Narratives]<br>  
 
*[http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/ North American Slave Narratives]<br>  
*[http://www.lwfaaf.net/ Resting Places of United States Colored Troops, Officers and Sailors]
 
 
*[http://www.africanamericancemeteries.com/ African American Cemeteries Online]  
 
*[http://www.africanamericancemeteries.com/ African American Cemeteries Online]  
 
*[http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sthtml/sthome.html American Memory - Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860]<br>  
 
*[http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sthtml/sthome.html American Memory - Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860]<br>  
 
*[http://menare.org/ The Menare Foundation]  
 
*[http://menare.org/ The Menare Foundation]  
 
*[http://slavebiographies.org/project/about/ The Atlantic Slave Database Network: A New Resource for Scholars]
 
*[http://slavebiographies.org/project/about/ The Atlantic Slave Database Network: A New Resource for Scholars]
 
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*[https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors]  
 
*[https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors]  
*[http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6482&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 World War I Draft Registration]  
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482 U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918]  
 
*[http://www.unc.edu/iaar/ Institute of African American Research]  
 
*[http://www.unc.edu/iaar/ Institute of African American Research]  
 
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/ National Archives - African American Heritage]  
 
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/ National Archives - African American Heritage]  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ African Ancestored Genealogy]  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ African Ancestored Genealogy]  
*[http://www.slavevoyages.org/ Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages]<br>
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*[http://www.slavevoyages.org/ Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages]
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/ African American Gateway]<br>
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*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/ African American Gateway]
 
*[http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/ Free African Americans of VA, NC, SC, MD, DE]  
 
*[http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/ Free African Americans of VA, NC, SC, MD, DE]  
 
*[http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/wpa/wpahome.html American Slave Narratives]<br>  
 
*[http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/wpa/wpahome.html American Slave Narratives]<br>  
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ AfriGeneas]
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*[http://africanaheritage.org/ Africana Heritage Project]  
*[http://www.africanaheritage.com/index.asp Africana Heritage Project]  
 
*[http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/VideoRedirection.aspx?content_id=15340 Avoid Traps in African American Genealogy], Tony Burroughs
 
 
*[http://barbsnow.net/AfricanAmerican.htm Bobbie's Genealogical Classroom guide]<br>
 
*[http://barbsnow.net/AfricanAmerican.htm Bobbie's Genealogical Classroom guide]<br>
 
 
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Revision as of 14:54, 30 October 2018

African American Genealogy Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Original Records
Compiled Sources
Background Information
Finding Aids


A Tennesee Valley Authority African American worker
Welcome to the African American Research page

Its most unique genealogical features:

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State African American Pages[edit | edit source]


How to do African American Genealogy Research[edit | edit source]

Did you know?[edit | edit source]

Deep purple shows counties with an African American plurality


  • The first African settlers in the U.S. were indentured servants in Jamestown, Va., in 1619 (before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock) and freed after 7 years.
  • African American is the most common ancestry in: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
  • The Freedman's Bank and the Freedmen's Bureau were separate organizations, from different federal departments, in separate National Archives record groups.
  • Ten percent of the African American population was free before the Civil War.
  • Only 15 percent of freed slaves used the family name of a former owner.
  • From 1865 to 1875 many African Americans changed their family name.
  • Over 3,600 Free African Americans owned slaves in 1830. [1]


Keys to success in African American research[edit | edit source]

You will find the most success researching African American ancestors if you begin with yourself, and follow oral history as well as historical records such as birth, marriage, and death certificates to document the previous generations.

Use the US Census to research your family groups. Many times, you may have difficulty in documenting an ancestor.If you research the collateral lines (aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins), you will discover more about your common ancestor and have a wealth of resources to explore.See United States Basic Search Strategies.

In the beginning, you may use the same type of genealogical records other groups use to identify ancestors.  For this reason there is no need to duplicate state resources here. Consult the state and county articles on the FamilySearch Wiki first until you exhaust them. See Finding Records for Your Ancestors, Part A-African American 1870 to Present. You will find records become somewhat scarce as you move back in time.

Once you notice you are no longer able to find your ancestors on the records most commonly used by others, return here and choose the state above where your ancestor lived to discover records not commonly used in genealogy research.  

Key Internet Links[edit | edit source]

Wiki articles describing online collection are found at:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Not Quite Fre The Free Negro Before the Civil War by Lowell H. Harrison. American History Illustrated FHL 973 B2ahi vol.9 June 1974 pg 12.