African American Archives and Libraries
When one of these institutions is referred to elsewhere in this outline, return to this section for the address.
The Family History Library has copies of many of the records found in archives and libraries, but most repositories will have additional sources.
These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their African American ancestors.
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3400
Telephone: 801-240-2331 or 1-800-346-6044
- Federal and state censuses showing where African Americans lived, biographies, cemeteries, church records, court records, directories, genealogy, local histories, land and property (may include lists of free Blacks and slaves, bills of sale), manumissions, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, periodicals, probate records (may list slaves freed or bequeathed), slavery and bondage, societies, and vital records.
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20408
National Archives - Regional Branches
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
900 Library Plaza, P.O. Box 2270
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46801-2270
African American Gateway: http://www.genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/
NOTE: Microfilm from the rich collection of the Family History Library can be ordered at The Genealogy Center.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Telephone: 513-333-7500 or 877-648-4838
The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
The University of Pittsburgh
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
The University of Pennsylvania
African Studies Center
647 Williams Hall
255 S 36th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6305
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 Sixteenth Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Toll Free: 1-866-328-9696
The Black Archives of Mid-America
2033 Vine Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108-3007
Internet: http://www.blackarchives.org/Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
John Hope Franklin Collection for African and African-American Documentation
Durham, North Carolina 27708
http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/franklin/ Internet: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
UNC University Libraries
The Library of Congress
The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, D.C. 20540
See the tutorial at the FamilySearch Learning Center on "African American Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress"
New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3087
Internet address: www.americanancestors.org
See the tutorial at the FamilySearch Learning Center on "African American Resources at NEHGS"
Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield St.
Middletown, CT 06457
60 W. Walton St. - Chicago, IL - 60610
Reading Rooms: Tue - Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-1pm
Note: Microfilms from the Family History Library can be ordered at this Public Library
- Jack Simpson and Matt Rutherford, A Bibliography of African American Family History at the Newberry Library (Chicago : The Newberry Library, ©2005). PDF version online. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 977.311 F23s.
The following resources can be helpful as you begin your research:
- Tony Burroughs, Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree (New York : Fireside Book, ©2001). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 973 D27bt 2001.
- Dee Parmer Woodtor, Finding a Place Called Home: An African-American Guide to Genealogy and Historical Identity (New York : Random House, ©1999). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 973 F2wd.