To start off Black History Month, here are some of my top picks for soaking up African-American history and genealogy knowledge
- The Smithsonian Institution has an online African-American cultural heritage tour, plus resources for educators and calendars of commemorative events.
- Library and Archives Canada created an introduction to Black History Month with online resources relating to black history in Canada, and information on educational events organized by Black History Ottawa.
- The National Register of Historic Places website features places in the United States important to African-American history, including the Dunklin, Mo., home of former slaves Charles and Bettie Birthright, and Jazz pioneer John Coltrane’s house in Philadelphia.
- Yahoo! has an online timeline starting with the first slaves arriving at Jamestown, Va. and continuing all the way up to today.
- The Root editor, historian Henry Louis Gates, put together a timeline of African-American history highlights since 1960.
- Links to several YouTube videos about black history and notable African-Americans, such as Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks.
- Free FamilyTreeMagazine.com articles on websites for African-American genealogy, steps for tracking ancestors in the 1850 and 1860 slave schedules, and tips for finding free African-Americans.
- You can download our PDF guide to researching your African-American ancestors for $4 from Family Tree Shop.
Also be sure to check out the African-American roots category of this blog for news on more websites and resources to help you trace your family tree.