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==== Brief History  ====
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=== Brief History  ===
  
 
The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Migration_(African_American) Great Migration of African Americans] brought many from the rural South to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_African_Americans_in_Chicago Chicago]. Most came from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.&nbsp; By 2008, 15.0% of the population in Illinois was African American, with the majority living within the city of Chicago and the surrounding areas.  
 
The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Migration_(African_American) Great Migration of African Americans] brought many from the rural South to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_African_Americans_in_Chicago Chicago]. Most came from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.&nbsp; By 2008, 15.0% of the population in Illinois was African American, with the majority living within the city of Chicago and the surrounding areas.  
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Slavery was banned by 1818 when Illinois became a state, though the southern part continued to allow slavery for several more years. This part, called "Little Egypt", was mostly settled by Southerners. By 1853 laws were passed prohibiting all African Americans, including freedmen, from settling in the state. This eventually changed after the Civil War.  
 
Slavery was banned by 1818 when Illinois became a state, though the southern part continued to allow slavery for several more years. This part, called "Little Egypt", was mostly settled by Southerners. By 1853 laws were passed prohibiting all African Americans, including freedmen, from settling in the state. This eventually changed after the Civil War.  
  
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In October 1871, the [http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1740.html Great Chicago Fire] destroyed many&nbsp;buildings and [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Cook_County,_Illinois#Record_Loss records].
  
In October 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed many&nbsp;buildings and [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Cook_County,_Illinois records].  
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Explore a [http://www.alplm.org/events/aa_history/AA_History_Timeline/aa_timeline.html chronology of African-American history in Illinois]. &nbsp;Courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.&nbsp;
  
==== Internet Sites ====
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=== Illinois Repositories with African American Collections ===
  
The following have information concerning African American research.  
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:[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives] <br>Margret Cross Norton Building<br>Springfield, IL 62756<br>Phone: (217) 782-4682<br>Fax: (217) 524-3930
  
*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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::[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/research_series/rseries6.html "African–American Records"] describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/research_series/rseries6.html Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research]
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*The Newberry Library, [http://www.newberry.org/genealogy/afamer.html African American Genealogy],lists sources and helps for African American research.  
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*The [http://www.thehistorymakers.com/ History Makers], based in Chicago,&nbsp;is dedicted to preserving African American history.
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*[http://www.aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/registry_home.html Pullman Porter National Historic Registry of the African-American Railroad Employees]<br>
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==== Illinois Museums with African American Collections  ====
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::Illinois State Archives [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/servfrm.html Servitude and Emancipation Records Database (1722–1863)] includes names of African American servants, slaves, or free persons from selected governmental records. A full description of this database can be found [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/servant.html here].
  
[http://www.dusablemuseum.org/ DuSable Museum of African American History]<br>Place page <br>740 East 56th Place<br>Chicago, IL 60637-1495<br>773-947-0600  
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:[http://www.dusablemuseum.org/ DuSable Museum of African American History]<br>740 East 56th Place<br>Chicago, IL 60637-1495<br>Phone: (773) 947-0600
  
[http://www.spiaahf.org/ Springfield Illinois African American History Foundation]<br>883 Roanoke Drive, Springfield, IL, 62702<br>Tel: 217-698-6339<br>
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:Springfield Illinois African American History Foundation<br>883 Roanoke Drive<br>Springfield, IL, 62702<br>Phone: (217) 698-6339
  
[http://www.library.illinois.edu/afx/aaillini.htm African Americans in Illinois Places Other Than Chicago] has links to [http://www.library.illinois.edu/afx/catalogs.htm library catalogs ]with African American collections.  
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:[http://www.alplm.org Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library]<br>112 N. Sixth Street<br>Springfield, IL 62701<br>Phone: (800) 610-2094 or (217) 782-5764<br>Holdings include materials on various ethnic groups and ethnic migration patterns as well as a collection of [http://www.alplm.org/oral_history/home.html oral interviews] conducted by the Springfield African-American History Foundation. Search the [http://hip.rpls.ws/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=1S0J0002923V5.1281&profile=spisalp&menu=search&submenu=basic_search&ts=1308000356543 card catalog].
  
==== Books about African American Research:  ====
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:[http://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>60 West Walton Street<br>Chicago, IL 60610<br>Phone: (312) 943-9090<br>[http://www.newberry.org/genealogy/afamer.html "African American Genealogy"] lists sources and helps for African American research.
  
*''African American Genealogy: a Bibliography and Guide to Sources'', by Curt Bryan Witcher is at [http://www.worldcat.org/title/african-american-genealogy-a-bibliography-and-guide-to-sources/oclc/44635792&referer=brief_results many libraries].
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:[http://www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/woodson-regional/p/FeatHarsh/ Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature]<br>Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library<br>9525 S. Halsted Street<br>Chicago, IL 60628<br>Phone: (312) 745-2080<br>The collection contains family papers, organizational files, annual reports, conference files, family newsletters, reunion books, funeral programs, and more.
  
*''Black Genesis: a Resource Book for African-American Genealogy'', by James M. Rose, and Alice Eichholz is at [http://www.worldcat.org/title/black-genesis-a-resource-book-for-african-american-genealogy/oclc/52132698&referer=brief_results many libraries]
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=== Societies  ===
*''Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree, ''Tony Burroughs ([http://www.amazon.com/Black-Roots-Beginners-Tracing-American/dp/0684847043/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-3211820-8297746?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176748939&sr=8-1#reader_0684847043 Look Inside])
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*''Family Pride: the Complete Guide to Tracing African-American Genealogy'', by Donna Beasley is at [http://www.worldcat.org/title/family-pride-the-complete-guide-to-tracing-african-american-genealogy/oclc/35280690&referer=brief_results many libraries].
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:African-American Genealogical Research Institute<br>P.O. Box 637<br>Matteson, IL 60443
  
==== Books about African Americans  ====
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:African-American Cultural and Genealogical Society<br>314 North Main St.<br>Decatur, IL 62523
  
*''The Black Women in the Middle West Project: a Comprehensive Resource Guide, Illinois and Indiana; Historical Essays, Oral Histories, Biographical Profiles, and Document Collections'', by Darlene Clark HIne.&nbsp; It can be read&nbsp;at the {{FHL|538977|title-id|disp=Family History Library}} and [http://www.worldcat.org/title/black-women-in-the-middle-west-project-a-comprehensive-resource-guide-illinois-and-indiana-historical-essays-oral-histories-biographical-profiles-and-document-collections/oclc/15109175&referer=brief_results many libraries].  
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=== Published Sources  ===
*''The Black Civil War Soldiers of Illinois: the Story of the Twenty-Ninth U.S. Colored Infantry'', by Edward A. Miller.&nbsp; It can be read on [http://books.google.com/books?id=nch6p-M2qwkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+black+Civil+War+soldiers+of+Illinois+:+the+story+of+the+twenty-ninth+U.S.+colored+infantry&hl=en&ei=JCBjTNGXMcHflgfHw7G0Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books], at the {{FHL|742867|title-id|disp=Family History Library}} and [http://www.worldcat.org/title/black-civil-war-soldiers-of-illinois-the-story-of-the-twenty-ninth-us-colored-infantry/oclc/36498838&referer=brief_results many libraries].
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*''Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era'', by John David Smith is at [http://www.worldcat.org/title/black-soldiers-in-blue-african-american-troops-in-the-civil-war-era/oclc/49529915&referer=brief_results many libraries].  
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'''Books about African American Research '''
*Additional books listed on [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=ti%3Aafrican+americans+illinois+&qt=results_page WorldCat].&nbsp; Click the title to see libraries with the book.  
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*Additional books at the {{FHL|312884|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*Witcher, Curt Bryan. ''African American Genealogy: a Bibliography and Guide to Sources.'' Fort Wayne, Indiana: Round Tower Books, 2000. Available at [http://www.worldcat.org/title/african-american-genealogy-a-bibliography-and-guide-to-sources/oclc/44635792&referer=brief_results many libraries (WorldCat)].
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*Rose, James M. and Alice Eichholz. ''Black Genesis: a Resource Book for African-American Genealogy''.&nbsp;Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2003. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/black-genesis-a-resource-book-for-african-american-genealogy/oclc/52132698&referer=brief_results Many libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|1120458|item|disp=FHL book 973 F27r 2003}}
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*Burroughs, Tony. ''Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree.'' New York, New York: Simon &amp; Schuster, 2001. Available at [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=ti%3ABlack+Roots%3A+A+Beginners+Guide+to+Tracing+the+African+American+Family+Tree.+au%3Aburroughs&fq=x0%3Abook&qt=advanced&dblist=638 many libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|1012177|item|disp=FHL book 973 D27bt 2001}}
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*Beasley, Donna. ''Family Pride: the Complete Guide to Tracing African-American Genealogy''. New York, New York: Macmillan Publishers Limited, 1997. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/family-pride-the-complete-guide-to-tracing-african-american-genealogy/oclc/35280690&referer=brief_results Many libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|688156|item|disp=FHL book 973 F2bdf}}
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'''Books about African Americans'''
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*Hine, Darlene Clark. ''The Black Women in the Middle West Project: a Comprehensive Resource Guide, Illinois and Indiana; Historical Essays, Oral Histories, Biographical Profiles, and Document Collections.'' Indianapolis [Indiana]: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1986. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/black-women-in-the-middle-west-project-a-comprehensive-resource-guide-illinois-and-indiana-historical-essays-oral-histories-biographical-profiles-and-document-collections/oclc/15109175&referer=brief_results Many libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|538977|item|disp=FHL book 977 F2h}}.  
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*Miller, Edward A. ''The Black Civil War Soldiers of Illinois: the Story of the Twenty-Ninth U.S. Colored Infantry''. [Columbia, South Carolina]: University of South Carolina Press, 1998. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/black-civil-war-soldiers-of-illinois-the-story-of-the-twenty-ninth-us-colored-infantry/oclc/36498838&referer=brief_results Many libraries (WorldCat)]; [http://books.google.com/books?id=nch6p-M2qwkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+black+Civil+War+soldiers+of+Illinois+:+the+story+of+the+twenty-ninth+U.S.+colored+infantry&hl=en&ei=JCBjTNGXMcHflgfHw7G0Cg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books]; {{FHL|742867|item|disp=FHL book 977.3 M2mi}}  
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*Smith, John David. ''Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era''. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/black-soldiers-in-blue-african-american-troops-in-the-civil-war-era/oclc/49529915&referer=brief_results Many libraries (WorldCat)]
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*Davis, Elizabeth Lisdsay. ''The Story of the Illinois Federation of Colored Women's Clubs.'' Chicago, 1922. Read online at [http://openlibrary.org/books/OL24143257M/The_story_of_the_Illinois_Federation_of_Colored_Women%27s_Clubs. Internet Archive]. Available at [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=ti%3AThe+Story+of+the+Illinois+Federation+of+Colored+Women%27s+Clubs+au%3Adavis&fq=x0%3Abook&qt=advanced&dblist=638 many libraries (WorldCat)].<br>
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'''Additional Published Sources'''
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*[[African American Research]] has more information about researching African Americans
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*Parrish, Randall. "The Battle Against Slavery," in ''Historic Illinois: The Romance of the Earlier Days''. Chicago: A.C. McClurg and Co., 1905; pages 318-332. Free online at [http://books.google.com/books?id=0P40AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA318&lpg=PA318&dq=Battle+Against+Slavery+Historic+Illinois&source=bl&ots=cZ1hhuk-8V&sig=2OrPK6UN3cMOfiaTvBvaMYnIqlk&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books].  
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*Additional books found at [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Aillinois+african+american+records&fq=x0%3Abook&qt=advanced&dblist=638 many libraries (WorldCat)]. Click the title to see libraries with the book.  
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*Additional books at the {{FHL|312884|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}.
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*See [[Illinois Ethnic Groups|Illinois Ethnic Groups]] for additional resources.
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=== Web Sites  ===
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/states/il/ Illinois Afrigeneas, African Ancestry in Illinois] provides a brief history and links to state and county resources.<br>
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*[http://www.library.illinois.edu/afx/aaillini.htm African Americans in Illinois Places Other Than Chicago] has links to [http://www.library.illinois.edu/afx/catalogs.htm library catalogs] with African American collections.
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*The [http://www.thehistorymakers.com/ History Makers], based in Chicago,&nbsp;is dedicted to preserving African American history.
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*[http://www.aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/registry_home.html Pullman Porter National Historic Registry of the African-American Railroad Employees]
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*Linkpendium links to [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/ALL/eth-hist/ Ethnic] resources and "[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/ALL/ Slaves, slave owners, and slavery in general]" section - Free
  
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Brief History

The Great Migration of African Americans brought many from the rural South to Chicago. Most came from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.  By 2008, 15.0% of the population in Illinois was African American, with the majority living within the city of Chicago and the surrounding areas.

Slavery was banned by 1818 when Illinois became a state, though the southern part continued to allow slavery for several more years. This part, called "Little Egypt", was mostly settled by Southerners. By 1853 laws were passed prohibiting all African Americans, including freedmen, from settling in the state. This eventually changed after the Civil War.

In October 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed many buildings and records.

Explore a chronology of African-American history in Illinois.  Courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. 

Illinois Repositories with African American Collections

Illinois State Archives
Margret Cross Norton Building
Springfield, IL 62756
Phone: (217) 782-4682
Fax: (217) 524-3930
"African–American Records" describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
Illinois State Archives Servitude and Emancipation Records Database (1722–1863) includes names of African American servants, slaves, or free persons from selected governmental records. A full description of this database can be found here.
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637-1495
Phone: (773) 947-0600
Springfield Illinois African American History Foundation
883 Roanoke Drive
Springfield, IL, 62702
Phone: (217) 698-6339
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (800) 610-2094 or (217) 782-5764
Holdings include materials on various ethnic groups and ethnic migration patterns as well as a collection of oral interviews conducted by the Springfield African-American History Foundation. Search the card catalog.
Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 943-9090
"African American Genealogy" lists sources and helps for African American research.
Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature
Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library
9525 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: (312) 745-2080
The collection contains family papers, organizational files, annual reports, conference files, family newsletters, reunion books, funeral programs, and more.

Societies

African-American Genealogical Research Institute
P.O. Box 637
Matteson, IL 60443
African-American Cultural and Genealogical Society
314 North Main St.
Decatur, IL 62523

Published Sources

Books about African American Research

Books about African Americans

  • Hine, Darlene Clark. The Black Women in the Middle West Project: a Comprehensive Resource Guide, Illinois and Indiana; Historical Essays, Oral Histories, Biographical Profiles, and Document Collections. Indianapolis [Indiana]: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1986. Many libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 977 F2h.
  • Miller, Edward A. The Black Civil War Soldiers of Illinois: the Story of the Twenty-Ninth U.S. Colored Infantry. [Columbia, South Carolina]: University of South Carolina Press, 1998. Many libraries (WorldCat); Google Books; FHL book 977.3 M2mi
  • Smith, John David. Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. Many libraries (WorldCat)
  • Davis, Elizabeth Lisdsay. The Story of the Illinois Federation of Colored Women's Clubs. Chicago, 1922. Read online at Internet Archive. Available at many libraries (WorldCat).

Additional Published Sources

Web Sites