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Overview of African American Research
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Making a Breakthrough in African American Genealogy
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African-American History
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African-American Ancestors
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African-American Cemeteries On-Line
Transcriptions of African-American cemeteries in the United States, Canada, and Barbados.

African American Collections at
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, freedpersons and their descendants

African Ancestored Genealogy - From Africa to the Americas

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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 Univerity 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.

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