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African American Genealogy & Family Trees

Explore online databases, digital documents, tutorials, slave narratives and other resources to help you trace your African American roots. Plus, African American genealogical and historical societies, mailing lists, and other places to find assistance with African American genealogy.
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Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
Publishes a JOURNAL semi-annually and a newsletter, AAHGS News, bimonthly. They also hold quarterly meetings, present special programs, and conduct an annual conference.

African American Family History Step By Step
You really can discover your African American family history. Learn how with this step-by-step guide to researching African-American roots.

10 Top Web Sites for African American Genealogy
Explore your African American heritage and family history with the databases, resources and family trees found on these outstanding African American genealogy Web sites.

Intro to African American Genealogy
Few areas of American genealogy research pose as much of a challenge as the search for African American families. Learn how to trace your African American genealogy with these six steps, plus suggestions for resources you may not have tried.

The place to start for African-American research. AfriGeneas offers a beginner's guide, slave data, state resources, worldwide resources, surname data, newsletter, library, and a mailing list - all geared toward African American Genealogy.

American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology
A project of the University of Virginia, this site includes a sampling of some of the interviews and photos of former slaves taken between 1936 and 1938 with first-hand accounts of their experiences.

African American Biographical Database
This database, available through many large urban and college/university libraries, is the largest electronic collection of biographical information on African Americans from 1790 to 1950.

Tracking African American History
From Chapter 15 of "The Source, A Guidebook of American Genealogy" published by Ancestry in 1997 and featured here on their site for free in database format.

Slave Voices
"Third Person, First Person - Slave Voices from the Special Collections Library" of Duke University probes the life experiences of American slaves.

African American Research
This three part series by Roseann Reinemuth Hogan, Ph.D., is an excellent guide to basic and general African American research techniques. Part 3 even offers case studies to illustrate useful resources in building an African American family history.

A Scattering of Seeds - The Mary Ann Shadd Story
A beautiful multimedia presentation of the life of Mary Ann Shadd, a teacher to the escaped American slaves who started the first integrated school in Canada.

The Challenge of African American Research
Curt B Witcher, head of the Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, offers a variety of tips and resources for advancing your African American ancestry search.

Preserving the Legacy of the USCT
Budge Weidman of the National Archives and Records Administration discusses the history and available military service records of the United States Colored Troops - USCT.

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