United States African American Research African American Online Genealogy Records
Online collections of African American records for family history or finding ancestry, including vital records, slavery or freedman's records, slave narratives, and genealogy.
Remember that your African American ancestors are also represented in all the usual records made about the general populace: census, cemeteries, obituaries, military, and so on. This chart shows records that specialize in just African American records, but you should also search all the online records for the states in which they lived.
| African American Online Database |
This is a collection of links to African American Online databases.
The indexing of records is often an on-going project. Some collection indexes give no indication if they are a partial index or complete. If the name you are researching does not appear in an index, re-check the index at a later time or search for the record in the available original images. Some indexes are handwritten and a part of the image collection.
| Vital Records
Bureau of Refugee
- Freedman Bureau Field Offices 1865-1872 ($)
- United States, Freedmen's Branch Records, 1872-1878 Images only.
- United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Records of the Commissioner,1865-1872 Images Only.
- United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Records of the Assistant Commissioner, 1865-1872 Images only.
- United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Records of Freedmen's Complaints, 1865-1872 — images
- United States, Freedmen's Bureau Ration Records,1865-1872 — index and images
- United States, Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education, 1864-1879 - Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Images only.
- District of Columbia, Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1863-1872— index and images
- U.S., Freedmen Bureau Records of Field Offices, 1863-1878, index/images ($)
- FamilySearch African American Genealogy Freedmen's Bureau by state
- United States Freedmen's Bureau Labor Contracts Indenture and Apprenticeship Records, 1865-1872, index and images.
- States Freedmen's Bureau Land and Property Records 1865-1872 Record Collection 2515867United States Freedmen's Bureau Land and Property Records 1865-1872, index and images.
US Federal 1790-1940
Hospital and Medical Records
Newspapers African American Newspapers
- United States Colored Troops in the Civil War
- Civil War Service Records of Union Colored Troops, 1863-1865
- United States Records of Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865
- U.S., Colored Troops Military Service Records, 1863-1865 index/images, ($)
- U.S., Descriptive Lists of Colored Volunteer Army Soldiers, 1864, index/images ($)
- U.S., Register of Colored Troop Deaths During the Civil War, 1861-1865, index/images.
Slave Trade Country-Wide
- American Memory - Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860
- Digital Library on American Slavery by The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
- The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
- Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice
- Colonial: Inspection Roll of Negroes Book No. 2; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention 1765-1821.
- Slavery Era Insuranace Registry (SEIR)
- U.S., Southeast Coastwise Inward and Outward Slave Manifests, 1790-1860, index/images $
- U.S., Definitive List of Slaves and Property, 1827-1828, index, ($)
- U.S., Interviews with Former Slaves, 1936-1938, index/images ($)
Southern Claims Commission