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=== African American pages are&nbsp;available for these states  ===
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*[[African American Resources for Alabama|Alabama]]  
 
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*[[Connecticut Ethnic Groups|Connecticut]]
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*[[Delaware Slavery and Bondage|Delaware]]
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*[[District of Columbia African Americans|District of Columbia]]  
 
*[[District of Columbia African Americans|District of Columbia]]  
 
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*[[African-American Resources for Illinois|Illinois]]  
 
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*[[Indiana Minorities|Indiana]]  
 
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*[[African-American Resources for Mississippi|Mississippi]]  
 
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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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*[[African American Resources for Oklahoma|Oklahoma]]  
 
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==== African American Genealogy  ====
 
==== African American Genealogy  ====
  
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|Largest ancestry map.png]]  
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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.  
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[https://familysearch.org/african-american-genealogy African American Genealogy]
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=== Did you know?  ===
 
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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.  
 
*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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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>  
 
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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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>  
  
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*[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  ===
 
 
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)]]  
 
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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
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    African American Genealogy Research Community.


State Pages

African American Genealogy

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

African American Genealogy

African American Genealogy Records

Did you know?

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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.
  • 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.  

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