- Washington, DC court slave and emancipation records
- South Carolina estate inventories and bills of sale (1732-1872)
- US Colored Troops Civil War service records
- Southern Claims Commission records (read about this collections’ contents here)
- War Department Military Intelligence Division records on “Negro subversion”
… and more titles. You’ll need to set up a free Fold3 registration to take advantage of this offer. Start searching the free African-American genealogy records on Fold3 here.
If you’re researching black ancestors, you’ll find helpful websites listed on FamilyTreeMagazine.com. A few of my favorite guide we’ve printed in Family Tree Magazine for researching African-American roots include:
- The African-American Great Migration, which helps you locate ancestors who were part of the mass population shift from the rural South to Northern cities from 1910 to 1940
- Slave Ancestors Research Guide, which offers a strategy and resources for discovering enslaved African-Americans
- Using Black Newspapers, a guide to finding and researching ancestors in historical newspapers that were published primarily for an African-American audience
Watching a show like PBS’ “Finding Your Roots” can be helpful because you see what records might exist for your ancestors. Here’s a link to our post about the season premiere.