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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[African-American_Resources_for_Illinois|African American Resources]]''<br>  
  
 
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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 [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].  
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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;
  
 
=== Illinois Repositories with African American Collections  ===
 
=== Illinois Repositories with African American Collections  ===
  
:[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives] <br>Margret Cross Norton Building<br>Springfield, IL 62756<br>Telephone: 217-782-4682<br>Fax: 217-524-3930<br>[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.
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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
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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.
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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].
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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
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:Springfield Illinois African American History Foundation<br>883 Roanoke Drive<br>Springfield, IL, 62702<br>Phone: (217) 698-6339
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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].
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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.
  
:[http://www.dusablemuseum.org/ DuSable Museum of African American History]<br>740 East 56th Place<br>Chicago, IL 60637-1495<br>773-947-0600
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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.
  
:[http://www.spiaahf.org/ Springfield Illinois African American History Foundation]<br>883 Roanoke Drive<br>Springfield, IL, 62702<br>Tel: 217-698-6339
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=== Societies  ===
  
:[http://www.alplm.org Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library]<br>112 N. Sixth Street<br>Springfield, IL 62701<br>Telephone: 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].<br>
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:African-American Genealogical Research Institute<br>P.O. Box 637<br>Matteson, IL 60443
  
:[http://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>60 West Walton Street<br>Chicago, IL 60610<br>Telephone: 312-943-9090<br>[http://www.newberry.org/genealogy/afamer.html "African American Genealogy"] lists sources and helps for African American research.
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:African-American Cultural and Genealogical Society<br>314 North Main St.<br>Decatur, IL 62523
  
 
=== Published Sources  ===
 
=== Published Sources  ===
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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)].  
 
*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)].  
*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 Other libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|1120458|item|disp=FHL book 973 F27r 2003}}  
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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}}  
*''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 description at Amazon].
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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}}
*''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 (WorldCat)].
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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}}
  
 
'''Books about African Americans'''  
 
'''Books about African Americans'''  
  
*''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 is at [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)] and {{FHL|538977|title-id|disp=FHL book 977 F2h}}.  
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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}}.  
*''The Black Civil War Soldiers of Illinois: the Story of the Twenty-Ninth U.S. Colored Infantry'', by Edward A. Miller. [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|title-id|disp=FHL book 977.3 M2mi}}  
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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}}  
*''Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era'', by John David Smith. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/black-soldiers-in-blue-african-american-troops-in-the-civil-war-era/oclc/49529915&referer=brief_results Other libraries (WorldCat)]
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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>
  
 
'''Additional Published Sources'''  
 
'''Additional Published Sources'''  
  
 
*[[African American Research]] has more information about researching African Americans  
 
*[[African American Research]] has more information about researching African Americans  
*"The Battle Against Slavery," in ''Historic Illinois: The Romance of the Earlier Days'', by Randall Parrish (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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*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].  
*Additional books found at [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=african+americans+illinois&qt=results_page many libraries (WorldCat)]. Click the title to see libraries with the book.  
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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.  
*Additional books at the {{FHL|312884|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}  
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*Additional books at the {{FHL|312884|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}.
*See [[Illinois ethnic group records|Illinois ethnic group records]] for additional resources
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*See [[Illinois Ethnic Groups|Illinois Ethnic Groups]] for additional resources.
  
 
=== Web Sites  ===
 
=== 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>
 
*[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.  
 
*[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.  
 
*The [http://www.thehistorymakers.com/ History Makers], based in Chicago,&nbsp;is dedicted to preserving African American history.  
 
*The [http://www.thehistorymakers.com/ History Makers], based in Chicago,&nbsp;is dedicted to preserving African American history.  
*[http://www.aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/registry_home.html Pullman Porter National Historic Registry of the African-American Railroad Employees]
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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