The International African American Museum (IAAM), opening in early 2020 in Charleston, SC, will include a Center for Family History dedicated to helping genealogy researchers trace African-Americans in their family trees.
It sounds like a long time to wait, but the center’s website is already available, with a growing collection of obituary, funeral and marriage records, as well as research tips in a Learning Library and a blog by professional genealogist Robin Foster.
Toni Carrier, founder of the LowCountry Africana website, is developing the IAAM Center for Family History. Staff will assist researchers in finding resources about their families and help with DNA testing.
The $75 million museum and research center will be located at Charleston’s former Gadsdens Wharf, where almost half of all enslaved Africans first arrived in America via the Transatlantic Slave Trade. You can see artist’s renderings of the museum here.