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!

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!

Why Researching African American Genealogy is so Difficult: Introduction & Family Sources

Why Researching African American Genealogy is so Difficult

Why Researching African American Genealogy is so Difficult: Introduction & Family Sources

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

The 1866 Cohabitation Registers can be invaluable to those tracing their ancestry in the former slave states.  Amongst other items,

Register of Colored Persons cohabiting together as Husband and Wife, 1866 Feb.

The 1866 Cohabitation Registers can be invaluable to those tracing their ancestry in the former slave states. Amongst other items,

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

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

African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, showcases LC collection of materials related to African-American history--- important and rare books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings.

African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, showcases LC collection of materials related to African-American history--- important and rare books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings.

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