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
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.
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
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.
-- 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.
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.