African American Online Genealogy Records

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This page is dedicated to Online African American Collections. When searching the online databases and collections search by the individuals name, state, or record type.

African American Online Database
This is a collection of links to African American Online databases.
Vital Records


Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1815-1869


Social Security Death Index

'Bank Records

Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874 (M817 Deposit Ledgers in Branches of the Freedman's Saving and Trust Company).

African American Biography

African American Biographical Database - from Chadwyck-Healey. Information for more than 30,000 African Ameriacans  (1790-1950)

Bureau of Refugee, Freedmen and Abandoned Land

Freedman Bureau Field Offices 1865-1872 ($)
U. S. Public Records Index 1970-2010


Find a Grave
Billion Graves
Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans 1925-1949
African American Cemeteries Online
Resting Places of United States Colored Troops, Officers and Sailors

Veterans Administraion Gravesite Locater

United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903


US Federal 1790-1940


1870 United States Census

1880 United States Census

1890 United States Census

1900 United States Census

1910 United States Census

1920 United States Census

1930 United States Census

1940 United States Census

Ancestry ($)

Slave Schedules1850 and 1860

State Census

See Family Search Wiki articale State Census for the State you are interested in:

Example New York Census


American Memory - Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860

Digital Library on American Slavery

The Atlantic Slave Database Network: A New Resource for Scholars

The Menare Foundation

Institute of African American Research

Land Records


Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database by Emory University ( information on more than 35,000 slave voyages) The African-American Migration Experience by New York Public Library

Military Records
United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938

Revolutionary War

Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783

Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872

Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications

Daughers of the American Revolution   Genealogical Research System

War of 1812

War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815

War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910

Civil War

United States Colored Troops in the Civil War

Civil War Service Records of Union Colored Troops, 1863-1865

United States Records of Confderater Prisons of War, 1861-1865 NARA M598


Historical newspapers$).$)
Digital Historical Newspapers
Online Historical Newspapers Website
(lists of both free and $)

Wikipedia (lists both free and $)$)
Library of Congress - Historic American Newspapers Google News Archive]
Free Newspaper Archives in the US Search engine that links to websites containing newspapers.

Current newspapers

RootsWeb Obituary Daily Times (free) has a searchable database of over 14 million modern-day obituaries extracted by volunteers. Most are from 2000 or later, but some date back to the 1980s.
ABYZ Newslinks (free) has a directory of links to newspapers online organized by state and city. (free) links to United States newspapers online.
SHG Resources State Handbook and Guide (free) links to current U.S. newspapers online.
RootsWeb Newspaper Index.Database contains 454,372 records (48,485 surnames). Selected states, counties and newspapers (as contributed). has an extensive collection of online newspapers.

African American Newspapers

Lathan A. Windley, Runaway Slave Advertisements: a Documentary History from the 1730s to 1790, 4 v. (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1983). Contents: Vol.1 Virginia and North Carolina -- v.2 Maryland -- v.3 South Carolina -- v.4 Georgia.

Oral History

North American Slave Narratives
First-Person Narratives of the American South

Voices from the Days of Slavery

The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography. by George P. Rawick. 19 volumes with Supplement, Series 1 and 2 make 42 volumes. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Pub. Co., [1972-


African American Periodicals, 1825-1995 from Readex



National Archives

African-American Heritage

Black History

Library of Congress
Library of Congress - African American
Universtiy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Institute of African American Research

Slave Trade
American Memory - Slaves and the Coufrts 1740-1860
[ Digigal Library on American Slavery by The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database Records that pertain to American Slavery and the International Slave Trade

Digital Library on American Slavery by University of North Carolina at Greensbobo.

Southern Claims Commission

Southern Claims Commission

Online Sources

Search for: African American, Black Americans African American Genealogy,

National Archives
Freedmen's Bureau Online
Dogpile makes searching the Web easy, it has all the best search engines piled into one. ($)
GenealogyInTime Magazine

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