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=== African American pages are&nbsp;available for these states  ===
 
=== African American pages are&nbsp;available for these states  ===
  
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*[[African-American Resources for New Jersey|New Jersey]]  
 
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*[[African American Resources for New York|New York]]<br>
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*[[Nevada Minorities|Nevada<br>]]
 
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==== African American Genealogy  ====
 
==== African American Genealogy  ====
  
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You will find the most success researching African American ancestors if you begin with yourself, and follow oral history as well as historical records such as birth, marriage, and death certificates to document the previous generations. &nbsp;  
 
You will find the most success researching African American ancestors if you begin with yourself, and follow oral history as well as historical records such as birth, marriage, and death certificates to document the previous generations. &nbsp;  
  
Use the US Census to research your family groups. &nbsp;Many times, you may have difficulty in documenting an ancestor. &nbsp;If you research the collateral lines (aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins), you will discover more about your common ancestor and have a wealth of resources to explore.&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Basic_Search_Strategies See United States Basic Search Strategies.]<br>
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Use the US Census to research your family groups. &nbsp;Many times, you may have difficulty in documenting an ancestor. &nbsp;If you research the collateral lines (aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins), you will discover more about your common ancestor and have a wealth of resources to explore.&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Basic_Search_Strategies See United States Basic Search Strategies.]<br>  
  
In the beginning, you may use the same type of genealogical records other groups use to identify ancestors. &nbsp;For this reason there is no need to duplicate state resources here. &nbsp;Consult the state and county articles on the FamilySearch Wiki first until you exhaust them. &nbsp;See [http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/AfricanAmerican.pdf Finding Records for Your Ancestors, Part A-African American 1870 to Present].&nbsp;You will find records become somewhat scarce as you move back in time.<br>
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In the beginning, you may use the same type of genealogical records other groups use to identify ancestors. &nbsp;For this reason there is no need to duplicate state resources here. &nbsp;Consult the state and county articles on the FamilySearch Wiki first until you exhaust them. &nbsp;See [http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/AfricanAmerican.pdf Finding Records for Your Ancestors, Part A-African American 1870 to Present].&nbsp;You will find records become somewhat scarce as you move back in time.<br>  
  
 
Once you notice you are no longer able to find your ancestors on the records most commonly used by others, return here and choose the state above where your ancestor lived to discover records not commonly used in genealogy research. &nbsp;  
 
Once you notice you are no longer able to find your ancestors on the records most commonly used by others, return here and choose the state above where your ancestor lived to discover records not commonly used in genealogy research. &nbsp;  
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*[[Quick Guide to African American Records|African American Quick Guide pdf]]  
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*[[Quick Guide to African American Records|African American Quick Guide]]  
*[[Image:36367 African American Records.pdf|Finding African Americans 1870-Present]]  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/e/e8/36367_African_American_Records.pdf Finding African Americans 1870-Present]  
 
*[[United States Census Population Schedules, 1870 United States|1870 United States Census]]  
 
*[[United States Census Population Schedules, 1870 United States|1870 United States Census]]  
*[http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH33&CISOPTR=1765&REC=1 Family History Library Bibliography of African-American Sources]  
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*[http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/ Digital Library on American Slavery]  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1417695 Freedman Bank Records 1865-1874] [[United States Freedman's Bank Registers 1865-1874 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1417695 Freedman Bank Records 1865-1874] [[United States Freedman's Bank Registers 1865-1874 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1414908&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1815-1869]  
 
*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1414908&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1815-1869]  
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*[http://www.slcl.org/branches/hq/sc/scc/steps.htm Southern Claims Commission]  
 
*[http://www.slcl.org/branches/hq/sc/scc/steps.htm Southern Claims Commission]  
 
*[http://www.inmotionaame.org/home.cfm African-American Migration Experience]  
 
*[http://www.inmotionaame.org/home.cfm African-American Migration Experience]  
*[http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/ North American Slave Narratives]<br>
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*[http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/ North American Slave Narratives]<br>  
 
*[http://www.lwfaaf.net/ Resting Places of United States Colored Troops, Officers and Sailors]  
 
*[http://www.lwfaaf.net/ Resting Places of United States Colored Troops, Officers and Sailors]  
 
*[http://www.africanamericancemeteries.com/ African American Cemeteries Online]  
 
*[http://www.africanamericancemeteries.com/ African American Cemeteries Online]  
*[http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sthtml/sthome.html American Memory - Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860]<br>
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*[http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sthtml/sthome.html American Memory - Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860]<br>  
 
*[http://www.menare.org/research.html The Menare Foundation]  
 
*[http://www.menare.org/research.html The Menare Foundation]  
 
*[http://slavebiographies.org/project/about/ The Atlantic Slave Database Network: A new Resource for Scholars]
 
*[http://slavebiographies.org/project/about/ The Atlantic Slave Database Network: A new Resource for Scholars]
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/ National Archives - African American Heritage]  
 
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/ National Archives - African American Heritage]  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ African Ancestored Genealogy]  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ African Ancestored Genealogy]  
*[http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages]<br>
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*[http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages]<br>  
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/ African American Gateway]<br>
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*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/ African American Gateway]<br>  
 
*[http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/ Free African Americans of VA, NC, SC, MD, DE]  
 
*[http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/ Free African Americans of VA, NC, SC, MD, DE]  
*[http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/wpa/wpahome.html American Slave Narratives]<br>
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*[http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/wpa/wpahome.html American Slave Narratives]<br>  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ AfriGeneas]  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ AfriGeneas]  
 
*[http://www.africanaheritage.com/index.asp Africana Heritage Project]  
 
*[http://www.africanaheritage.com/index.asp Africana Heritage Project]  
 
*[http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/VideoRedirection.aspx?content_id=15340 Avoid Traps in African American Genealogy], Tony Burroughs<br>
 
*[http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/VideoRedirection.aspx?content_id=15340 Avoid Traps in African American Genealogy], Tony Burroughs<br>
  
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=== Things you can do  ===
 
=== Things you can do  ===
  
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:<br>
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*[[United States Freedman's Bank Registers 1865-1874 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Freedman's Bank Registers 1865-1874 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[United States Freedman's Bank Registers 1865-1874 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Freedman's Bank Registers 1865-1874 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[United States Freedmen’s Bureau Letters (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[United States Freedmen’s Bureau Letters (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Freedmen%E2%80%99s_Bureau_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) United States Freedmen's Bureau Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
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United States  go to  African American Research

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Welcome to the African American Research page

Its most unique genealogical features:

  • many family name changes after Civil War
  • slavery research is usually challenging
  • Freedman's Bank & Freedmen's Bureau
  • Join the Facebook and Skype
    African American Genealogy Research Community.

African American pages are available for these states

African American Genealogy

See:Quick Guide to African American Records
See also Finding Records of Your Ancestors 1870-Present in the FamilySearch Learning Center.
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Did you know?

  • The first African settlers in the U.S. were indentured servants in Jamestown, Va., in 1619 (before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock) and freed after 7 years.
  • African American is the most common ancestry in: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
  • The Freedman's Bank and the Freedmen's Bureau were separate organizations, from different federal departments, in separate National Archives record groups.
  • Ten percent of the African American population was free before the Civil War.
  • Only 15 percent of freed slaves used the family name of a former owner.
  • From 1865 to 1875 many African Americans changed their family name.

Keys to success in African American research

You will find the most success researching African American ancestors if you begin with yourself, and follow oral history as well as historical records such as birth, marriage, and death certificates to document the previous generations.  

Use the US Census to research your family groups.  Many times, you may have difficulty in documenting an ancestor.  If you research the collateral lines (aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins), you will discover more about your common ancestor and have a wealth of resources to explore. See United States Basic Search Strategies.

In the beginning, you may use the same type of genealogical records other groups use to identify ancestors.  For this reason there is no need to duplicate state resources here.  Consult the state and county articles on the FamilySearch Wiki first until you exhaust them.  See Finding Records for Your Ancestors, Part A-African American 1870 to Present. You will find records become somewhat scarce as you move back in time.

Once you notice you are no longer able to find your ancestors on the records most commonly used by others, return here and choose the state above where your ancestor lived to discover records not commonly used in genealogy research.  

Key Internet Links


Things you can do

In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:

If you are interested in being the moderator for these African American Research pages, Please contact the Support Team.

Wiki articles describing online collection are found at: