Best for African-American Researchers

Best for African-American Researchers

The top digital destinations for discovering your black roots.

Besides these standout sites, keep an eye on the new Afriquest site, a joint venture led by the USF Africana Heritage Project, which was just getting off the ground at selection time.

In addition to a wealth of how-to tips and message boards, AfriGeneas offers census records, slave data, an index of 50,168 surnames and a collection of 16,338 death records.

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1719-1820
The fruits of 15 years of work by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, this gorgeous site employs powerful search tools to comb through data on 100,000 Louisiana slaves.

Documenting the American South
this rich site from the University of North Carolina is especially strong on the African-American experience, including such collections as The Church in the Southern Black Community, Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, and North American Slave Narratives.

LowCountry Africana
This new site focuses on records that document the heritage of African-Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and northeastern Florida, home to the distinctive Gullah/Geechee culture. Records include those of the wealthy Drayton family, which owned several plantations, plus Freedmen’s Bureau and Freedman’s Bank papers.


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