AfriGeneas – African Ancestored Genealogy is a free website with multiple collections of African American genealogy records helpful for African American research.

Collections include:

  • African American Death Records

    • Alabama:
      Roanoke Leader obituaries
      Selma Times-Journal obituaries
    • Arkansas:– Arkadelphia Siftings Herald obituaries

      – Arkadelphia Southern Standard obituaries (1870-1901)

      -Arkansas Democrat Gazette obituaries

      – Pine Bluff Commercial obituaries

    • California:
      – Los Angeles Sentinel obituaries- Oakland Tribune obituaries
    • Georgia:– Houston Home Journal, 1890-1899
    • Indiana:– Evansville Courier obituaries

      – Indianapolis Star obituaries

    • Kentucky:– Cynthiana Democrat obituaries

      – Lexington Herald-Leader obituaries

      Messenger-Inquirer obituaries

      – Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer obituaries

    • Louisiana:– Ascension Parish, Louisiana Death Certificates (1911)

      – Orleans Parish Coroners Records (1862-1863)

      – The Advocate (Baton Rouge) obituaries

    • Michigan:
      – Michigan Chronicle obituaries- Michigan Citizen obituaries
    • Ohio:– Cincinnati Enquirer obituaries
    • New York:– Buffalo and Erie County Death Records
    • Pennsylvania:– Bucks County Courier Times obituaries
  • African American Census Records

    • Alabama
    • Alaska
    • Arkansas
    • California
    • District of Columbia
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Maryland
    • Michigan
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Pennsylvania
    • Rhode Island
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Virginia
    • West Virginia
  • African American Library Records

  • African American Marriage Records

  • African American Photograph Collection

    • Photographs may be identified by name, family, location, and date and are in alphabetical order. Dates range from the late 1800s to the early to mid 1900s.
  • African American Slave Data Collection

    • The site is also designed to assist descendants of slaveholders and other researchers, to share information they find with any slave reference in records including, but not limited to:

      Bible Records
      Bills of Sale
      Birth Records
      Census Schedules
      Church Records
      Court Records
      Day Books/Logs
      Death Records
      Legislative Acts
      Marriage Records
      Military Records
      Miscellaneous Records
      Plantation Records
      Pension Records
      Slave Owners
      Slave Sales
      Tax Records

  • African American Surnames Collection

    • There are more than 50,000 African American surnames in the database and they accept surname submissions at their site.
  • African American State Resources

  • African American World Resources

  • African American Links

  • Multiple African American Forums

  • an AfriGeneas Store

  • AfriGeneas List Archives


2 responses to “AfriGeneas – African Ancestored Genealogy”

  1. I have a typed out copy of a will of an ancestor from mid-1800’s, naming his slaves, location of his property etc. I heard program on NPR that indicated it would be important to share such information. I am a white woman apalled to learn that my forbears had slaves. Is this important, and how do I share it?

    1. I’m sure those records will be valuable and useful to others. Two sites to consider contacting are the National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC (part of the Smithsonian):
      and FamilySearch:
      Also see recommendations from the Society of American Archivists:


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