Here are a few resources to help you fill in the missing details about the history and genealogy of African American ancestors.
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:
Fold3.com - Fold3 has over a million rare photos and documents that they have opened access to for the month of February. What is impressive about their landing page is how they have categorized the records: Slavery, The Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow Laws, World Wars, and The Civil Rights Movement. This enables you to study records that were generated during a time period or event that you choose.
AmericanAncestors.com - AmericanAncestors.org, by the New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access to the following databases:
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.