African American Research Tips
Unlocking Slavery's Legacy
Unlocking Slavery's Legacy: Working Backword.
Trace Your African American Ancestors Online
- African American Cemeteries Online
www.prairiebluff.com/aacemetery: 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
lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html: 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
africanancestry.com: Information and updates about a DNA-based test developed by Howard University researchers to help African-Americans trace their African ancestry.
www.mnh.si.edu/africanvoices: 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.
www.afrigeneas.com: 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
www.ccharity.com: 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.
www.cyndislist.com/african.htm: 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
freedmensbureau.com: 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 InternetAfrican-Ancestored Mailing Lists
www.rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail_african.html: 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
http://www.africana.com: Articles, links, news, newsletters and more related to African Americans.
National Archives and Records Administration - African American Research
http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/heritage/: African-American Research.
In Motion: The African American Migration Experience
http://www.immotonaame.org/: 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