As a retired teacher, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was the segue into February’s Black History Month. I know February is still a couple of weeks away, but old habits die hard!
Here are some links that are either devoted to, or include, genealogical resources for researching African-American roots. I’ve also added links to African-American blogs with current posts (as in 2017) below the website list:
African American Gateway on Allen County Public Library
Conversations with My Ancestors – Mavis Jones’s blog
Free People of Color in Louisiana
IN.gov – Reference list of print and microfilm resources
Library of Virginia – Be sure to browse this site thoroughly. Lots of new resources all the time for all things Virginia!
African American Church Histories in Virginia
African American Civil War Research
African American Newspapers
Missouri State Archives – Be sure to browse this site thoroughly, too. Lots of digital material.
New England Historic Genealogical Society – African American Resources
New Orleans Public Library – list of resources, but no live links
PBS – website on how to research African American roots
Slave Name Roll Project – Schalene Dagutis’s blog site, Tangled Roots and Trees, includes a link to slaves whose names have been “released” as genealogists have come across their names in documents. The roll is an on-going project and includes links to many U.S. counties. Many of the names are found in wills or deeds.
Tennessee State Library and Archives
Texas Slavery Project
The Geography of Slavery in Virginia
The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture
Here are some African-American family history blogs, all with posts in 2017:
Between the Gate Posts – LindaRe’s blog
Black and Red Journal – Terry Ligon’s blog
Caddo Trees – blog about families from Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Claiming Kin – blog
Finding Josephine – Dionne Ford’s blog
Into the LIGHT – Renate Yarborough Sanders’ blog
Mariah’s Zepher – Ms. Vicky’s blog
My Genealogical Journey – Minkyadoo’s blog
Notes to Myself – True Lewis’s blog
Please leave a comment if you know of other free sites or current blogs that aren’t listed so they can be added.