African American Civil War Memorial Museum

The African American Civil War Memorial Museum links to the NPS database for researching African Americans who served during the Civil War, including more than 200,000 individuals." National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database Descendants Oral History Project
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African American Registry

African American Registry is an educational site for learning about African American heritage.   Our mission is "Uniting Classrooms Through Education, Transforming Communities Through Learning." African American Registry® offers an exceptional global connection to the wisdom of African American heritage, history and culture. We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit education organization, below are the people who make our mission work!"   You can search the African American registry alphabetically.
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Institute of African American Research

The Institute of African American Research, IAAR, "supports and facilitates excellence in research concerning African Americans and the African Diaspora. The IAAR mission is to expand understanding and cultivate engagement with critical questions, approaches, and innovative and timely studies as they pertain to research about people of African descent."
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African American Collection at Enoch Pratt

The Enoch Pratty Free Library has African American Collections online including: African American Funeral Programs Collection "A great source for biographical content, this collection is comprised of over 1800 funeral programs of African Americans (most were Marylanders) of all walks of life." Slave Documents Collection "Slavery, the "peculiar institution," generated a variety of documents chronicling daily activities that touched all strata of American society, free and enslaved." Views of African American Life in Maryland "The images of this collection allow us a glimpse into the past of the social, economic, and political lives of African American Marylanders."
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African American Genealogy Group

The African American Genealogy Group, AAGG, "is dedicated to the encouragement of and support for genealogy research and serves the African American community of Philadelphia and the Tri-State area. Our membership has steadily grown with the addition of both novice and advanced researchers." The African American Genealogy Group has many links to genealogy resources for African American research, including African American Census research, African American Genealogy groups, and more.
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African American Griots

UPDATE - RootsWeb sites (owned by Ancestry.com) are currently unavailable while they resolve some security issues. If and when the sites are restored, we'll make the links live, until then, we've included the links in parentheses.   African American Griots (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~afamer/) is a site dedicated to African American ancestry and a place to find African American databases. "West African Griots are historians, storytellers, traditional praise singers and musicians.  Their roles are hereditary and their surnames identify them as Griots.  For example, Toumani Diabate of Mali comes from 70 generations of Griots.  His father, Sidiki Diabate was considered the “King of the Kora” in Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and The Gambia.  When he died, memorials were held in each of these countries, attended by foreign diplomats, government officials and musicians.  The most famous Griot in each of these countries was chosen to preside over the memorials and t…
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African Americans and the Revolutionary War

Documenting the American South has a scanned version of the book, The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution, With Sketches of Several Distinguished Colored Persons: To Which is Added a Brief Survey of the Condition and Prospects of Colored Americans, by William Cooper Nell, 1999
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African American Cemeteries Online

African American Cemeteries Online tries to list African American cemeteries throughout the United States that have websites. They also have some listings for Barbados and Canada.
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African American Cemeteries in Albemarle & Amherst Counties

The Virginia Center for Digital History has a website for African American Cemeteries: African American Cemeteries in Albemarle & Amherst Counties. "Virginia contains thousands of family burial grounds and consecrated cemeteries. These final resting places preserve invaluable biographical information about the past residents of the county. The AACAAC Project is dedicated to locating, documenting, and preserving historic African-American cemeteries in two Virginian counties." The site has a People Search, Cemetery Search, and more.
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Virginia Untold – The African American Narratiave

"The Library’s African American Narrative project aims to provide greater accessibility to pre-1865 African American history and genealogy found in the rich primary sources in its holdings. Traditional description, indexing, transcription, and digitization are major parts of this effort. However, and perhaps more importantly, this project seeks to encourage conversation and engagement around the records, providing opportunities for a more grassroots and diverse narrative of the history of Virginia’s African American people." Search the Narrative Join the Narrative About the Narrative   For African American Research in Virginia, also see Tip Sheet: Finding African American Names in Legislative Petitions
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Celebrating African American History and Culture

Celebrating African American History and Culture-"This collection contains material from almost every branch of the Libraries, including our new location in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. We've put this together to celebrate the opening of our newest Smithsonian museum in September, 2016 and to showcase some of the public domain material that we hold that supports research on the African American experience." Online digitized books in this collection include: The underground rail road : a record of facts, authentic narratives, letters, &c., narrating the hardships, hair-breadth escapes, and death struggles of the slaves in their efforts for freedom, as related by themselves and others or witnessed by the author; together with sketches of some of the largest stockholders, and most liberal aiders and advisers, of the road. The Suppressed book about slavery! Teachings of patriots and statesmen; or, The "founders of the repu…
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African American Collections at American Memory

African American Collections at American Memory, a Library of Congress Collection Online, includes 8 collections: African American Perspectives, pamphlets from the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907 From Slavery to Freedom: The African American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-1909, rare books by African American Authors African American Odyssey, pamphlets, books, slave narratives, and court cases An American Time Capsule, 28,000 primary source items dating from the 17th century to present Words and Deeds in American History, selected documents celebrating the Manuscript Division's First 100 years Voices from the Days of Slavery, 23 former slaves tell their stories Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938, 2,300 first person accounts of slavery Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860, documents from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress with an assortment of trials an…
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African American Cemeteries Online

African American Cemeteries Online is a free genealogy website for researching African American records. Free, online records include: African American Cemeteries--select by location, including: Arkansas California Delaware Florida Georgia Illinois Indiana Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maryland Mississippi Missouri New Jersey New York North Carolina Ohio Oklahoma Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Barbados Canada

"Cemeteries often contain genealogical information that can't be found anywhere else. As such, they provide crucial information and clues for further research for the African American genealogist."

African American Cemeteries Online allows users to submit new cemetery records to add to their collection and they have cemeteries in the United States, C…

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Birmingham African American Genealogy Group

The Birmingham African American Genealogy Group meets at the Birmingham Public Library and has membership opportunities with benefits including: Monthly Educational Classes or Programs Workshops Field trips to local and state repositories Access to professional genealogist A subscription to the Black Genealogy Newsletter (4) Special publications Access to our members only Surname Research Page Membership Directory Scholarship to Conferences They don't currently have online resources but current projects include: Oral Histories Funeral Programs Cemetery Records BAAGG Journal (Proposed)
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African-Native American Genealogy

This is a free website run by genealogist Angela Y. Walton-Ragi, with helps for African American and Native American genealogy and an associated blog, The African-Native American Genealogy Blog and African Roots Podcast and a website for tips on how to tell your family story, The Beginning Genealogist. "In 1997 I launched the African-Native American Web site.  The page had developed out of my research and work with the records that document the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes.  This enormous record set became the basis of my work with “Black Indian” records and eventually formed the basis of my book, Black Genealogy Research. African American Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes."
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American Heritage Center at University of Wyoming

The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming is the University of Wyoming's archives and rare books library. They have vast digitized collections including maps, photographs, postcards, oral histories, art, manuscript collections, books with topics including mining, art, patents, Native Americans, Japanese Internment camps, African American interests, war collections and more.       American Heritage Center Residence Records   Collections related to Japanese American Internment Camps Bill Manbo Papers - As a teenager, Bill Manbo Sr. was a Japanese American internee in the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming during World War II. During Manbo's internment, he surreptitiously took photographs of everyday life and events in the camp, including children at play, events, and buildings. The contains 30 color slides of scenes from the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, dated 1942-1944, two photos from a Cody, Wyoming studio, and a …
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National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans

The National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans (NBDEA) is a work of the Periwinkle Initiative in collaboration with Fordham University and from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the 1772 Foundation.   The goal is “to establish a process of official documentation for burials and burial grounds of enslaved Americans in the United States.”   Information gathered so far can be viewed in the report Memory & Landmarks: Report of the Burial Database Project of Enslaved Americans. Also see the report to learn more about the project's future goals.
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DAR – Daughters of the American Revolution

"The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children." "As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 180,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership." The DAR has an associated Library and Archives with large on-site collections for genealogy and family history research. "The DAR Library collection contains over 225,000 books, 10,000 research files, thousands of manuscript items, and special collections of African American, Native American, and women’s history, genealogy and culture. Nearly 40,000 family histories and gene…
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