African American Genealogy Records on the Internet

A Directory of Some Helpful Genealogy Websites and Databases

African American Genealogy Records

General Listings - Slave Records, Census Records, Bank Records...
  • African American Genealogy Collection at (requires payment) includes...
    • U.S., Interviews with Former Slaves, 1936-1938
    • U.S. Colored Troops Records, 1861-1865
    • U.S. Freedmen's Bureau Records, 1865-1878
    • U.S. Federal Census Indexes and Images 1790-1940; includes...
      • Slave Schedules for 1850 and 1860 (slave schedules generally name the slave owners; slaves are listed by age and gender, but not named)
      • Every name census indexes 1790-1940 (former slaves were first enumerated by name beginning in 1870)
      • 1890 Civil War Widows and Veterans Census
    • African American Newspapers, 1829-1947
    • Savannah, Georgia, Coastwise Slave Manifests, 1811-1860
    • New Orleans, Louisiana, Slave Manifests, 1807-1860
    • Louisiana Slave Records, 1719-1820
    • Adams County, Mississippi, Slave Certificates, 1858-1861
    • Mississippi, Wilkinson County Newspaper Slave Ads, 1823-1849
    • Slave Emancipation Records, 1851-1863 and Slave Owner Petitions, 1862-1863, Washington, D.C.
    • Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874 (bank depositor records of freed slaves from Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and South Carolina)
    • And More
  • Lowcountry Africana "...dedicated to records that document the family and cultural heritage of African Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and extreme northeastern Florida..." Also see the South Carolina section below.
  • Freedmen's Bank Records, 1865-1874 from NARA microfilm publication M816: "Registers of Signatures of Depositors in Branches of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, 1865-1874."
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