Lowcountry Africana is a free website for African American Genealogy in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Lowcountry Africana has tips for how to begin African American genealogy research, research methods, links to records, Freedmen’s Bureau Records, and links to blogs about African American genealogy.
“Charleston, South Carolina was a major port of entry for the International Slave Trade. Savannah, Georgia and St. Augustine, Florida were also significant ports of entry where captive Africans were imported and sold throughout the eighteenth century. In later years, planter migrations and the domestic slave trade scattered the descendants of the founding Lowcountry enslaved communities throughout the United States.
“Additionally, runaway slaves from South Carolina, Georgia and beyond found a safe haven in Florida from the earliest Colonial period until the mid 1820s. Some found shelter among the Creek and Seminole Indians, while others forged their own livelihoods in Florida’s largely unpopulated interior. From there, some made their way to the Bahamas, to Cuba or were removed to the West with the Creek and Seminole Indians.
“As a result of these historical events, many enslaved people who were brought into South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, or were born into slavery there, later migrated to other parts of North America, or to the Caribbean.”