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For more detailed information on records and research African American ancestors, see:

  • Curt Bryan Witcher, African American Genealogy: a Bibliography and Guide to Sources (Fort Wayne, Ind.: Round Tower Books, 2000). WorldCat entry.
  • James M. Rose, and Alice Eichholz, Black Genesis: a Resource Book for African-American Genealogy, 2nd ed. (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub., 2003).WorldCat entry.
  • Donna Beasley, Family Pride: the Complete Guide to Tracing African-American Genealogy (New York: Macmillan USA, ©1997). WorldCat entry.
  • The Newberry Library, African American Genealogy lists how-to guides, and other sources for African American research.
  • Access Genealogy (aggregator site) South Carolina African American Genealogy dozens of links to Internet sites which may or may not list African Americans in South Carolina. About 1/3 federal census links, about 1/3 national level African American sites.
  • Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croon. A Genealogis's Guide to Discovering Your African American Ancestors. FHL Collection  WorldCat


  • Davis, Lenwood G. The Black Family in the United States: A Selected Biblioography of annotated books, articles, and dissertations on Black Families in America FHL 973 F2da
  • Davis, Lenwood G. Blacks in the American Armed Forces, 1776-1983. A Bibliography FHL 973 F23dL
  • Lawson, Sandra M. Generations Past: A Selected List of Sources for Afro-American Genealogical Research Library of Congress Washington 1988. FHL 973 F2law
  • Redford, Dorothy Spruill. Somerset Homecoming: Recovering a Lost Heritage. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000). ISBN: 0807848433 9780807848432. Although the author's ancestors lived in North Carolina, the research principles for finding slave ancestors can be applied to any state.

Many presentations from the recent AAHGS (Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society) conference will soon be freely available for video streaming and downloading. These include the following:

  • Dr. Quintard Taylor, Jr., Author and Professor of American History, University of Washington
    Presentation: Roots West: African American History in the Trans-Mississippi West
  • Mary Hill, Author and accredited genealogist for Southern and Eastern States
    Presentation: Finding Records of Your Ancestors: 1870 to Present
  • Beth Wilson, Reference librarian for land records, African-American genealogy, and documentation research
    Presentation: Trails Back: Tracing Ancestors in Slavery through Census, Probate, and Land Research
  • Dr. Spencer Crew, Director of the National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
    Presentation: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Activities and Accomplishments
  • Angela Walton Raji, Author and avid African–Native American genealogist (See also African Roots Podcast)
    Presentation: Beyond the Dawes Rolls: Black Indian Ancestry East of the Mississippi
  • Adele Marcum, Professional genealogist and content specialist
    Presentation: Where Should I Start? Beginning Research on
  • Howard Dodson, Chief, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library
    Presentation: To be announced