Best Websites for Finding African American Ancestry of 2015
These resources are great for researching African-American heritage.
Powerful search tools let you scour this database of 100,000 Louisiana slaves by plantation. It represents the results of 15 years of research by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, professor emerita of history at Rutgers University.
The heart of this University of North Carolina at Greensboro project is a database on 150,000 people extracted from legislative and court petitions and other legal papers. Other collections include runaway slave advertisements and slave deeds.
Though not exclusively focused on the African-American experience, these collections from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill include “The Church in the Southern Black Community” and “North American Slave Narratives.”
Sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, SC, this elegant site records the history and people of the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and northeastern Florida. Records range from six complete Freedmen’s Bureau microfilms to a database of South Carolina slaveholders.
This handsome new site can help you research African-American ancestors after the Civil War. Created by experts Toni Carrier and Angela Walton-Raji, it has an interactive map of field offices of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands. When you click on a field office, a popup shows you the relevant National Archives microfilm numbers plus information about digitized records, if any, at
These databases describe more than 35,000 slave voyages, with the African names of 91,491 individuals taken from captured slave ships or from African trading sites.
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