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African American Genealogy

While African American genealogy has its own set of challenges, tracing your family from today back to the Civil War when slaves were freed follows the same rules as constructing any family tree - start with yourself to construct a family tree generation by generation. Get started here



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Search free African-American & black family history databases found on the internet. Find transcriptions of census, burial records, obituaries, stories, and much more.




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African-American Genealogy Databases

  • African-American Cemeteries On-Line
    Transcriptions of African-American cemeteries in the United States, Canada, and Barbados.

  • African American Collections at Ancestry.com
    Start searching the world’s largest online collection of African American and black family history records now. You could find ancestors who served their country in wartime, learn about their homes, their careers and much more.

  • Africana Heritage
    Names & lives of slaves, freed persons and their descendants

  • AfriGeneas
    African Ancestor Genealogy - From Africa to the Americas

  • Black History
    View more than a million free photos and documents from the National Archives found nowhere else on the internet. Slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction & Jim Crow Laws, World Wars, Civil Rights Movement

  • Christine's Genealogy Website
    Search African-American resource files.

  • Large Slaveholders of 1860
    Slaveholder names taken from the 1860 census.

  • Low Country Africana
    The family heritage of African-Americans in the rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and northeastern Florida, home to the Gullah/Geechee culture.

  • USF Africana Heritage Project
    A project by University of South Florida to document the names of former slaves. Over 25,000 historic documents of interest to researchers of African American genealogy and history.