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African American Resources


Born in Slavery, The U.S. Library of Congress

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 at the Library of Congress offers more than 2,300 typewritten narratives comprising over 9,500 page images with searchable text and bibliographic records, and more than 500 photographs of former slaves with links to their corresponding narratives.

AfriGeneas -- African Ancestored Genealogy

AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also an African Ancestry research community featuring the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats.

Freedmen's Bureau

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau, was established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865. The Bureau supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen, including issuing rations, clothing and medicine.

About.Com -- Introduction to African American Genealogy

Few areas of American genealogy research pose as much of a challenge as the search for African American families. The vast majority of African Americans are descendants of the 400,000 black Africans brought to North America to serve as slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries. Since slaves had no legal rights, they are often not found in many of the traditional record sources available for that period. Don't let this challenge deter you.

Genealogy.Com -- Building Blocks of African American Genealogy

African-American genealogy often poses specific difficulties due to the circumstances and practices of the slavery era. Genealogy expert Tony Burroughs shows you how to overcome many of the common obstacles with a step-by-step method for tracing your African-American roots.

RootsWeb.Com -- Mississippi African American Griots

West African Griots are historians, storytellers, traditional praise singers and musicians. Their roles are hereditary and their surnames identify them as Griots. This site is dedicated to assisting all those in pursuit of African American Ancestry and History in the United States and other countries by being a valuable centralized resource repository for African American records of historical proportion such as Manumission Orders, Wills & Deeds, Census Records, Slave Records, Land Deeds, Narratives, Cemetery listings, Family Histories and Vital Records to name a few.

National Park Service -- Civil war Soldiers and Sailors System. History of African Americans in the Civil War.

In actual numbers, African American soldiers comprised 10% of the entire Union Army. Losses among African Americans were high, and from all reported casualties, approximately one-third of all African Americans enrolled in the military lost their lives during the Civil War.

MySlaveAncestors.Com -- How Do I Trace My Slave Ancestors?

As you begin the journey back through four or five generations to the time of slavery, you need know what records to search to document each branch of your family tree. Take a look at the MySlaveAncestors.Com pages to get an idea of how to get started.

Duke University Special Collections -- Third Person, First Person Slave Voices From The Special Collections Library.

The exhibit "Third Person, First Person: Slave Voices from the Special Collections Library" probes the life experiences of American slaves from the late eighteenth century through the nineteenth century, and examines the enterprise of recovering and preserving African American history of the period. The exhibit showcases the kinds of rare materials that under scrutiny reveal the ambitions, motivations, and struggles of people often presumed mute.

DistantCousin.Com -- African American Genealogy Resources

This is an index to all African American resources available at DistantCousing.Com. It includes links to: Civil War Soldiers of Color, Books for African Americans, General Resources for African-American Genealogy, Primary Resources, Personal Homepages, History, Newsletters, Mailing Lists and the Like, Clubs, Societies and the Like, and links to AfricaNewscast.com.

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