Best African-American Genealogy Websites of 2016

Best African-American Genealogy Websites of 2016

Discover the best 2016 genealogy websites for researching your African-American ancestry. 

Below are five top websites for researching African-American ancestry.  


This site from the Center for Geographical Analysis at Harvard not only visualizes contemporary data but offers historical overlays and geographical data tracking the slave trade.

Digital Library on American Slavery

The expanding list of projects here includes information on 150,000 individuals extracted from court and legislative petitions, runaway-slave advertisements, slave “deeds” and slavery-era insurance registries.

Lowcountry Africana

Plantation records, a research library, records of slaves taken from the area, and detailed documentation of the 33rd US Colored Troops infantry regiment make this handsome site a must-visit for researching the historic rice-­growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and northeastern Florida.

Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau

Find your freed African-American ancestors in the aftermath of the Civil War with this nifty interactive map to field offices of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands.

Unknown No Longer

This database from the Virginia Historical Society lets you search or browse for slaves who lived in Virginia. You even can click on a map location to view documents, such as sale records, related to slaves held there.

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