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African American Cemeteries Online
African American Family History (
African American Forum
Genealogy Forum at
African American Genealogical Society of Northern California
African American Genealogy (AccessGenealogy)
The African-American Genealogy Web Ring
African American Lives (PBS)
African American Lives 2 (PBS)
A new four-part PBS series, explores roots, race and identity through the ancestry of remarkable individuals.
The African American Message Boards (
African American Research (
The site contains many useful guides, indexes, and other resources for African-American genealogists.
African-American Research (
African Ancestry
A project to help African Americans determine their African ancestry through DNA-based testing.
African American Genealogy through DNA
Celebrating the Oklahoma Freedman and all Blended Families with Native American Histories
Africana Heritage Project (University of South Florida)
The Africana Heritage Project, sponsored by the Africana Studies department at the University of South Florida, is dedicated to rediscovering records of African American history, genealogy and culture, and offers free access to a searchable archive of slave, plantation and Freedmen's Bureau records, as well as articles on black history and culture. Review their Online Archives They Love, And Why
AfriGeneas (African Ancestored Genealogy)
A website focused on African American genealogy and researching African ancestry in the Americas in particular and genealogical research and resources in general. Site includes a extensive list of genealogy links.
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS)
AAHGS strives to preserve African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and disseminating information throughout the community.
Afro-American Genealogical Research
A guide to African American resources in the Library of Congress.
Afro-American Sources in Virginia
Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy
A searchable database of 1699 - 1820 Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy.
Alabama African American Genealogy
Barbados Family Research
A reference guide to researching your Bajan family roots.
The Beginning Genealogist
Where beginners learn to tell their story.
Black Family Research: Using the Records of Post-Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives (NARA)
The records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands; the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company; and the Commissioners of Claims, often provide considerable personal data about the African American family and community.
Black Genealogical or Historical Societies in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean
Black Genealogy (Access Genealogy)
Boyle and Casey County African-American Records
Building Blocks of African American Genealogy (
Caribbean and West Indies Genealogy and Research
Caribbean Genealogy - Country Resources
Christine's African American Genealogy Website
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - African American
Digital Library on American Slavery
A searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color.
Freedmen's Bureau
The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau, was established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865. The Bureau supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen.
IAAM Center for Family history
The IAAM Center for Family history is a one of a kind research center dedicated to African American genealogy. The center will be a part of the International African American Museum (IAAM), scheduled to open in 2020.
The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Inc.
Dedicated to stimulating greater interest in African-American culture, history, art, archaelogy, anthropology, and genealogy, and to encouraging people of all ethnic backgrounds to search for their own "roots."
Levi Jordan Plantation
The plantation was built in 1848 by Levi Jordan, his family, and the people who worked for them as slaves and, later, as tenant farmers and sharecroppers. This web site attempts to discuss the lives of ALL of these people, and covers a period from 1848 until about 1888-1890.
Maryland State Archives: African American Resources
How Do I Trace My Slave Ancestors?
Ohio African American Genealogy
The Ol' Auction Block in Luray, Virginia
Through the years the story of the slave block has been kept alive by word of mouth among the inhabitants of the Shenandoah Valley.
Old Photographs of African Americans
Our Black
Information and services that help people explore and appreciate African American family history. The site is a great source of Research Links.
Overview of African American Research (
This article originally appeared in "African American Research" by Tony Burroughs, FUGA in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy
Puerto Rican Hispanic Genealogical Society (PRHGS)
The How To Guide for Tracing African-American and West Indian Roots Back to Africa and Going There
RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Trees, Lesson 25: Ethnic Roots
Lesson 25: Ethnic Roots: African-American, Native American, Jewish, Melungeon, Red Bones, Unique Peoples.
Sankofa's Afrikan Slave Genealogy
Slave Articles
Old newspaper articles (and book mentions) about former slaves and slavery
Slaveholders and African Americans 1860-1870
A list of the largest slaveholders from 1860 slave census schedules and surname matches for African Americans on 1870 census.
Southern Claims Commission
Tracing Your Roots (The Root)
The Root is a daily online magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary on today's news from a variety of black perspectives. The site also hosts an interactive genealogical section to trace one's ancestry.
Unknown No Longer (Virginia Historical Society)
A Database of Virginia Slave Names
USCT and Commissioned Officers of African-American Descent
Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (Emory University)
A free, searchable database of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Voyages.

Note: Visit "We Sailed Great Ships," dedicated to the Ghyll, Hinson, Sobers and Williams Family Ancestors of Donald L. Hinson, Jr.


Updated March 28, 2020
Donald L. Hinson, Jr.