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.
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):
- Low Country Africana: African-American Genealogy and History in SC, GA and FL
- University of Southern Florida Africana Heritage Project
- Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy
- Free African-Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware
- FamilySearch.org‘s Freedmen’s Bureau records, including South Carolina Freedmen’s Bureau Records (browse only), Virginia Freedmen’s Bureau Correspondence, and US Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages
- AfriGeneas: African-Ancestored Genealogy
- Our Georgia Roots blog
- FamilyTreeMagazine.com: African-American Genealogy Articles
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.