Those records document slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the World Wars and the Civil Rights Movement. Here’s a sampling of the record sets in the collection
- Court Slave Records for Washington, DC
- South Carolina Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale, 1732–1872
- US Colored Troops Civil War service records
- Southern Claims Commission records
- The Atlanta Constitution newspaper
- WWII “Old Man’s Draft” Registration Cards
Some of the record sets, such as the Southern Claims Commission records (Southerners’ reimbursement claims for property Union troops seized during the Civil War) and WWII draft cards, also will cover non-African-Americans.
Visit the Fold3.com Black History Collection home page to see samples of the records and links leading to more information about each collection.
You’ll need to set up a free registration to access the collections. On the Black History Collection home page, click on the link in the blue box to get started.
If you’re tracing black ancestors, you’ll find tips and advice in guides at Family Tree Shop, including:
- A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors by Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom
- Finding African-American Ancestors in Newspapers Family Tree University Independent Study course
- African-American Genealogy Value Pack (combines several of our ancestors research helps for black ancestors)