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=== African American pages are&nbsp;available for these states  ===
 
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*Only 15 percent of freed slaves used the family name of a former owner.  
 
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*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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*[http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/VideoRedirection.aspx?content_id=15340 Avoid Traps in African American Genealogy], Tony Burroughs  
 
*[http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/VideoRedirection.aspx?content_id=15340 Avoid Traps in African American Genealogy], Tony Burroughs  
 
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/AfricanAmerican.pdf Finding Records for Your Ancestors, Part A-African American 1870 to Present]&nbsp;  
 
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/AfricanAmerican.pdf Finding Records for Your Ancestors, Part A-African American 1870 to Present]&nbsp;  
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/ African American Gateway]
 
  
 
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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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If you are interested in being the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator|moderator]] for these ''African American Research'' pages, {{please contact a Sysop}}.  
 
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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United States  Gotoarrow.png  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

African American pages are available for these states

African American Genealogy

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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.

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.