African American Genealogy Resources & Guides


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.
Slavery resources, African American Civil War sites, a search engine for the Freedman's Bureau records, help for beginners and more.
Over 70,000 links organized by category including ethnicity.
Paul Heinegg's Free African Americans of North Carolina and Virginia is a collection of genealogies about African American families living in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
A volunteer organization which is committed to keeping its resources free of charge. Resources for beginners, mailing lists, a surnames list, and counties across America. Free web page space is available.
The US GenWeb Project is made-up of a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.
The USF Africana Heritage Project is an all-volunteer research project and website sponsored by the Africana Studies department at the University of South Florida. The projects mission is to rediscover records that document the names and lives of slaves, freedpersons and their descendants, and share those records on their free Internet site.
A database from the Virginia Historical Society relating to Virginians of African descent. "Within these documents are numerous accounts that collectivley help tell the stories of African Americans who have lived in the state over the centuries."
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Ancestry Library Edition
Only available at the library!

Heritage Quest

America's Genealogy Bank

Mathews Oral History Project

The Mathews County Historical Society is engaged in an ongoing project to record and create permanent records of stories that residents have to tell. Read more.

Families of Mathews

Over 10,000 families of Mathews County, Virginia and their connections!

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