Free Black History Records on Fold3 & More African-American Genealogy Resources

By Diane Haddad

In honor of Black History Month this month, genealogy website Fold3 is offering free access to its Black History Collection of records through the end of February. That includes:

  • 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 (which also mention nonAfrican-Americans who made claims against the federal government for property lost during the Civil War)
  • War Department Military Intelligence Division records on “Negro subversion”
  • … and more titles.

You’ll need to register for a Basic Fold3 membership in order to view records. Here’s the Fold3 blog post about this offer.

Looking for other resources and records for tracing African-American ancestors? Here are several other sites we like (the last three are more how-to focused; the ones before that are more records-focused):

Learn how to research African-American roots during and after slavery in Family Tree University’s Finding African-Americans in Newspapers four-week online course with instructor Tim Pinnick. It starts Feb. 24—learn more here.

You’ll find our African-American genealogy guides in Family Tree Shop.