Delving into the African-American genealogy research of my ancestors' slaves, I recognized a large and important gap in my research knowledge. What follows are some great resources for researching African-American genealogy. This is not a complete list (nor is it meant to be). Let't get started learning together!
From 1865 to 1872, the Freedmen’s Bureau helped tens of thousands of freed slaves build new lives, while documenting nearly every aspect of the post-Civil War experience. As a result, the Freedmen’s Bureau records are among the most valuable sources of information on African American genealogy. #DiscoverFreedmen
An Infographic illustrating the African slave trade in American history. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “African American Slave Trade: Ships & Records for Genealogy.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/african-american-slave-trade-ships-records-for-genealogy.html
Best African-American Genealogy Websites Video Course
LowCountry Africana Find ancestors and history among the historically rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and northeastern Florida, home to the rich Gullah/Geechee culture, in this site sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, SC.
African American genealogy research presents unique challenges given the history behind the institution of slavery and the effects it had on enslaved families; particularly for families that were separated from each other. Thus, resources that help provide context for family structures can be especially valuable.