An essential starting point for those interested in learning more about their African American heritage.More » , including about 2,000 pages of family histories based on colonial court order and minute books, free Negro registers, marriage bonds, census records, etc.

More » Tom Blake has spent many years identifying the largest slaveholders on the 1860 U. census, and matching those surnames to African American households listed in the 1870 census (the first census to enumerate the former slaves by name).

He estimates that these large slaveholders held 20-30% of the total number of slaves in the United States in 1860.

More » This huge collection of documents, photographs, sound recordings, maps, and other records includes more than a dozen collections specifically related to African American history and culture.

More » This all-volunteer research project and Web site sponsored by the Africana Studies department at the University of South Florida works to discover records that document the names of slaves, freedpersons and their descendants, and share them online.

More » Search this free database from the National Park Service for information on the 235,000 USCT (United States Colored Troops) soldiers, regiments (units), battles, and NPS civil war parks.

It also includes histories of 180 USTC units/regiments.

More » This website dedicated to African American genealogy in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia, and northeastern Florida, hosts a wealth of more unique record types including labor contracts, transportation requests, and field reports from the Freedmen's Bureau, and 1868 voter registration records.

Afri Geneas is dedicated to the particular challenges of researching African-American ancestors, and offers support in the form of chat rooms, discussion forms and recommended resources solely focused on African American ancestry, plus a great beginner's guide.

If you need some expert guidance to get you started on your African American research, this site is the best place to start.