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 Ancestry.com (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.
  • Race and Slavery Petitions Project a searchable database with information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color from petitions filed between 1775 and 1867 in the 15 slaveholding states and the District of Columbia
Alabama District of Columbia Illinois Kentucky Louisiana Maryland Mississippi Missouri New York North Carolina Pennsylvania South Carolina Texas Virginia

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