The Best

African American





The oldest and largest African American genealogy site. If you are researching African Ancestry, "all roads lead to AfriGeneas." Fresh content daily. Searchable.

  • 40,000 surnames

  • 5,000 obituaries and death records

  • 4,000 slave records

  • 8 years of AfriGeneas list archives with contributions from some of the best known researchers in the field. 

  • Networking and collaboration tools: message boards; mail lists; chats; calendars

African-Native American Genealogy
Angela Walton Raji's companion website for researching the African citizens of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole Nations. Frequently updated.

  • Frontier Freedman's Journal index

  • Freedmen surnames

  • Dawes Roll Freedmen Citizens

  • Negroes in the Creek and Seminole Nations

  • Oklahoma Freedmen message board

Lest We Forget

Bennie McRae's comprehensive African American military site with online records and resources for researching the period from the Revolutionary War until the present. Frequently updated.

  • Military records reference desk

  • United States Colored Troops

  • Military Research message board

Free African Americans of VA, NC, SC, MD and DE

Paul Heinegg's online text with histories of families who were free during the colonial period. Searchable. Frequently updated.

Afrolumens Project

George Nagle's successor site to Slavery in Pennsylvania. 

African American Cemeteries Online

One-stop resource for searchable cemetery listings and pointers to offsite listings and other cemetery sites. Clearinghouse for preservation issues and alerts. Frequently updated.

  • Hundreds of cemeteries listings with thousands of names

  • Cemetery discussion and query board

African American Genealogical Society of Northern CA

Excellent starting point. Regional as well as general resources. Frequently updated.

  • Library 

  • Databases

The African American Experience in Ohio

One of the earliest state sites and still one of the best. Chronicles the lives of Ohio's African Americans from 1850-1920. Part of "American Memory." Searchable and browseable. 

Database of Servitude and Emancipation Records

This is the online standard that every state archive should be measured against. Ongoing projects. Ease of use. Fully searchable across databases.

The Freedmen's Bureau Online

Part of Christine Charity's pioneering genealogy site. Unique resource. Infrequently updated.

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy

Online version of Gwen Midlo Hall's Louisiana Slave databases. Over 100,000 names. Fully searchable.

Genealogy of Jamaica
If you have Jamaican roots then this is a must-visit site. 

Cyndi's List: African-American

Cyndi Howell's regularly updated list of links to African American resources.



9 Jul 2004 . 9 Jul 2004
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