Attala County, Mississippi


African American Research

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Articles with helpful information on researching African American Heritage
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African American Research Tips
      African-American Toolkit

Unlocking Slavery's Legacy
      Unlocking Slavery's Legacy: Working Backword.


Trace Your African American Ancestors Online

  • African American Cemeteries Online Online database of African-American cemeteries, categorized by state. Many include transcribed tombstones.

  • The African-American Genealogy Ring More than 90 connected sites for researching African-American roots.

  • The African-American Mosaic Selections from the Library of Congress' resource guide for the study of black history and culture, covering colonization, abolition, migrations and the 1930s Works Progress Administration.

  • African Ancestry Information and updates about a DNA-based test developed by Howard University researchers to help African-Americans trace their African ancestry.

  • African Voices A lavishly designed, deep and interactive online exhibit by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Weave through the extensive set of streaming timelines (made possible by Macromedia's Flash 4, which is absolutely necessary to fully enjoy this site), tour historical sites, meet individuals and see their works.

  • AfriGeneas Finding data on African-Americans prior to the 1870 census ("The Wall", as researchers call it) can be difficult, but this site proves it's not impossible. Information within tax records, diaries, plantation records and data on runaway slaves that may be helpful is indexed by last name, state and year.

  • The USF Africana Heritage Project The mission of the University of South Florida is to rediscover precious records that document the names and lives of slaves, freedpersons and their descendants, and make that information available on their free, public access website.

  • Christine's Genealogy Website Christine Charity's site is an especially helpful one for researching African-American ancestors. Many good links and information about the post-Civil War Freedmen's Bureau records, African genealogy and related articles and databases.

  • Cyndi's List—African-American Cyndi's 200-plus African-American genealogy links are listed by category.

  • The Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to Black History
    Black History: Features 600 articles, along with historical film clips and audio recordings, hundreds of photographs and other images, related links and more.

  • The Freedmen's Bureau Online Search records from the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, established by the US War Department in 1865 to help freed slaves get on their feet. The bureau kept records on marriages, crimes and labor, as well as land abandoned by Confederate owners after the war. The site also points you to related Web sites with Freedmen's Bureau information.

  • Genealogy Resources on the Internet—African-Ancestored Mailing Lists Frequently updated compilation of African genealogy-related Internet mailing lists, along with descriptions and instructions on how to join each list.

  • Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands Articles, links, news, newsletters and more related to African Americans.

  • National Archives and Records Administration - African American Research African-American Research.

  • In Motion: The African American Migration Experience Learn about 13 defining migrations that transformed African America.


Books on Black Genealogy

  • Black Genealogy, by Charles L. Blockson, 1977, Black Classic Press, P.O. Box 13414, Baltimore, MD 21203. ISBN: 0-933121-53-9 (paper), 0-933121-54-7 (cloth).


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