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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Have You Heard of These African American Genealogy Resources?

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Here are a few resources to help you fill in the missing details about the history and genealogy of African American ancestors.

Historical records
Search online databases for historical records to document your ancestor. During Black History Month, some sites are offering free access to their records. Two of these site are:
Other websites have organized African American collections in the past, but the resources are still valuable:

Ancestry.com - (subscription) See detailed examples of records at the bottom half of the page underneath the search box.
FamilySearch.org - (free) The African American Research and Records home page will link you to the following collections:
Additional helpful resources at FamilySearch.org: African American Genealogy. Also, you can find several classes in the Learning Center for African American research.
More African American resources
Lowcountry Africana – Even if your ancestors didn’t live in or pass through the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and northeastern Florida, Lowcountry Africana is still a great resource. Due to their isolation in rural areas, enslaved Africans in the Lowcountry were able to retain much of their language, beliefs, and traditions, giving family historians a unique window into the past. Visit Lowcountry Africana to learn about the history of this unique region and find book excerpts, links to records, and multimedia presentations about history and culture. See Top African American Genealogy Resources to Follow on Social Media.
Access Genealogy – Black Genealogy
BlackPast.org - The Genealogy Page
The Genealogy Center – African American Gateway

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