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| <br>'''''Its most unique genealogical features:'''''  
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'''''Its most unique genealogical features:'''''  
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*many family name changes after Civil War  
 
*many family name changes after Civil War  
 
*slavery research is usually challenging  
 
*slavery research is usually challenging  
*Freedman's Bank &amp; Freedmen's Bureau
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*Freedman's Bank &amp; Freedmen's Bureau  
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*Join the&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Join_a_Facebook_Research_Community Facebook ]and [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Join_a_Skype_Research_Community Skype]<br>African American Genealogy Research Community.
  
 
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=== African American pages are&nbsp;available for these states  ===
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=== African American pages are available for these states  ===
  
 
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*[[Alabama Minorities|Alabama]]  
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*[[African American Resources for Alabama|Alabama]]
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*[[African American Resources for Alaska|Alaska]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Arkansas|Arkansas]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Arkansas|Arkansas]]  
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*[[Arizona African Americans|Arizona]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Colorado|Colorado]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Colorado|Colorado]]  
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*Connecticut
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*[[African American Resources for California|California]]
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*Delaware
 
*[[District of Columbia African Americans|District of Columbia]]  
 
*[[District of Columbia African Americans|District of Columbia]]  
 
*[[Florida African Americans|Florida]]  
 
*[[Florida African Americans|Florida]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Georgia|Georgia]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Georgia|Georgia]]  
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*Hawaii
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*[[Idaho]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois|Illinois]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois|Illinois]]  
*[[Indiana Minorities|Indiana]]
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*[[Indiana Minorities|Indiana]]  
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*Iowa
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*Kansas
  
 
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*[[Kentucky Minorities|Kentucky]]  
 
*[[Kentucky Minorities|Kentucky]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Louisiana|Louisiana]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Louisiana|Louisiana]]  
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*Maine
 
*[[Maryland Minorities|Maryland]]  
 
*[[Maryland Minorities|Maryland]]  
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*Massachusetts
 
*[[African-American Resources for Michigan|Michigan]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Michigan|Michigan]]  
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*Minnesota
 
*[[African-American Resources for Mississippi|Mississippi]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Mississippi|Mississippi]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Missouri|Missouri]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Missouri|Missouri]]  
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*Montana
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*Nebraska
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*New Hampshire
 
*[[African-American Resources for New Jersey|New Jersey]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for New Jersey|New Jersey]]  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/African_American_Resources_for_New_York New York]  
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*New Mexico
*[[North Carolina Minorities|North Carolina]]
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*[[African American Resources for New York|New York]]<br>
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*[[Nevada African Americans|Nevada<br>]]
  
 
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*[[North Carolina Minorities|North Carolina<br>]]
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*[[North Dakota Minorities|North Dakota]]
 
*[[Ohio Minorities|Ohio]]  
 
*[[Ohio Minorities|Ohio]]  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/African_American_Resources_for_Oklahoma Oklahoma]  
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*Oregon
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*[[African American Resources for Oklahoma|Oklahoma]]  
 
*[[Pennsylvania Minorities|Pennsylvania]]  
 
*[[Pennsylvania Minorities|Pennsylvania]]  
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*Rhode Island
 
*[[South Carolina African Americans|South Carolina]]  
 
*[[South Carolina African Americans|South Carolina]]  
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*South Dakota
 
*[[African-American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee]]  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/African_American_Resources_for_Texas Texas]  
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*[[African American Resources for Texas|Texas]]  
 
*[[Utah Minorities|Utah]]  
 
*[[Utah Minorities|Utah]]  
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*Vermont
 
*[[Virginia African Americans|Virginia]]  
 
*[[Virginia African Americans|Virginia]]  
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*Washington
 
*[[African-American Resources for West Virginia|West Virginia]]  
 
*[[African-American Resources for West Virginia|West Virginia]]  
*[[Wisconsin Minorities|Wisconsin]]
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*[[Wisconsin Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups|Wisconsin]]
  
 
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==== African American Genealogy  ====
 
==== African American Genealogy  ====
  
[[Image:{{LargestAncestry}}]]  
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See:[[Quick Guide to African American Records|Quick Guide to African American Records]] <br>See also [https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/finding-records-of-your-ancestors-1870-present/155 Finding Records of Your Ancestors 1870-Present] in the FamilySearch Learning Center. [[Image:Largest ancestry map.png|thumb|left|250px]]  
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=== Did you know?<br> ===
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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.
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*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.
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*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.
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*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.
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*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.
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*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.
 
*From 1865 to 1875 many African Americans changed their family name.
  
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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>  
 
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;
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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;  
  
 
=== Key Internet Links  ===
 
=== Key Internet Links  ===
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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]  
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails&c=fs%3A1417695 Freedman Bank Records 1865-1874]
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*{{FSbook|60362}}
*[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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*{{RecordSearch|1417695|Freedman Bank Records 1865-1874}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1414908|Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1815-1869}}
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1105 Freedmen's Bureau Field Offices 1865-1872]  
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1105 Freedmen's Bureau Field Offices 1865-1872]  
*[http://www.slcl.org/branches/hq/sc/scc/steps.htm Southern Claims Commission]  
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*[http://prepro.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>  
 
*[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>  
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*[http://www.menare.org/research.html The Menare Foundation]
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*[http://slavebiographies.org/project/about/ The Atlantic Slave Database Network: A new Resource for Scholars]
  
 
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*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors]  
 
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors]  
 
*[http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6482&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 World War I Draft Registration]  
 
*[http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6482&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 World War I Draft Registration]  
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/index.html National Archives African American Research]<br>
 
 
*[http://www.unc.edu/iaar/ Institute of African American Research]  
 
*[http://www.unc.edu/iaar/ Institute of African American Research]  
*[http://www.broward.org/library/aarlcc.htm African American Research Library and Cultural Center]  
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*[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>  
 
*[http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages]<br>  
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If you are interested in being the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator|moderator]] for these ''African American Research'' pages, {{please contact a Sysop}}.  
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If you are interested in being a &nbsp;[[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator|moderator]]&nbsp;along with [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/User:SavingStories SavingStories] for these ''African American Research'' pages, {{please contact a Sysop}}.  
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'''Wiki articles describing online collection are found at:'''
  
=== FamilySearch Historical Record Collections  ===
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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)]]
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*[[United States Freedmen’s Bureau Letters (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[United_States_Freedmen’s_Bureau_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|United States Freedmen's Bureau Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
An online collection containing this record is located in &nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1596147 FamilySearch.org.]
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A wiki article describing this collection is found at:
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*[[United States Freedmen’s Bureau Letters (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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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.
Largest ancestry map.png

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 a  moderator along with SavingStories for these African American Research pages, Please contact the Support Team.

Wiki articles describing online collection are found at: