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{{AfrAm-sidebar}}<div style="width: 75%; float: left"><center>''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]&nbsp; [[African_American_Research|African American Research]]''</center><br>
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| valign="bottom" height="30" align="center" colspan="2" style="text-align: center; font-family: verdana; color: rgb(0,51,102); font-size: 130%" | '''Welcome to the African American Research page'''
'''''Its most unique genealogical features:'''''
*many family name changes after Civil War
*slavery research is usually challenging
*Freedman's Bank &amp; Freedmen's Bureau
*Join the&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Join_a_Facebook_Research_Community Facebook ]and [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Join_a_Skype_Research_Community Skype]<br>African American Genealogy Research Community.
=== African American pages are&nbsp;available for these states  ===
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*[[African American Resources for Alabama|Alabama]]
*[[African-American Resources for Arkansas|Arkansas]]
*[[African-American Resources for Colorado|Colorado]]
*[[District of Columbia African Americans|District of Columbia]]
*[[Florida African Americans|Florida]]
*[[African-American Resources for Georgia|Georgia]]
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois|Illinois]]
*[[Indiana Minorities|Indiana]]
*[[Kentucky Minorities|Kentucky]]
*[[African-American Resources for Louisiana|Louisiana]]
*[[Maryland Minorities|Maryland]]
*[[African-American Resources for Michigan|Michigan]]
*[[African-American Resources for Mississippi|Mississippi]]
*[[African-American Resources for Missouri|Missouri]]
*New Hampshire
*[[African-American Resources for New Jersey|New Jersey]]
*New Mexico
*[[African American Resources for New York|New York]]<br>
*[[Nevada Minorities|Nevada<br>]]
*[[North Carolina Minorities|North Carolina<br>]]
*[[North Dakota Minorities|North Dakota]]
*[[Ohio Minorities|Ohio]]
*[[African American Resources for Oklahoma|Oklahoma]]
*[[Pennsylvania Minorities|Pennsylvania]]
*Rhode Island
*[[South Carolina African Americans|South Carolina]]
*South Dakota
*[[African-American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee]]
*[[African American Resources for Texas|Texas]]
*[[Utah Minorities|Utah]]
*[[Virginia African Americans|Virginia]]
*[[African-American Resources for West Virginia|West Virginia]]
*[[Wisconsin Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups|Wisconsin]]
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==== African American Genealogy  ====
See:[[Quick Guide to African American Records|Quick Guide to African American Records]] <br>See also [https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/finding-records-of-your-ancestors-1870-present/155 Finding Records of Your Ancestors 1870-Present] in the FamilySearch Learning Center. [[Image:Largest ancestry map.png|thumb|left|250px|Largest ancestry map.png]]
=== Did you know?  ===
*The first African settlers in the U.S. were indentured servants in Jamestown, Va., in 1619 (before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock) and freed after 7 years.
*African American is the most common ancestry in: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
*The Freedman's Bank and the Freedmen's Bureau were separate organizations, from different federal departments, in separate National Archives record groups.
*Ten percent of the African American population was free before the Civil War.
*Only 15 percent of freed slaves used the family name of a former owner.
*From 1865 to 1875 many African Americans changed their family name.
=== Keys to success in African American research  ===
You will find the most success researching African American ancestors if you begin with yourself, and follow oral history as well as historical records such as birth, marriage, and death certificates to document the previous generations. &nbsp;
Use the US Census to research your family groups. &nbsp;Many times, you may have difficulty in documenting an ancestor. &nbsp;If you research the collateral lines (aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins), you will discover more about your common ancestor and have a wealth of resources to explore.&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Basic_Search_Strategies See United States Basic Search Strategies.]<br>
In the beginning, you may use the same type of genealogical records other groups use to identify ancestors. &nbsp;For this reason there is no need to duplicate state resources here. &nbsp;Consult the state and county articles on the FamilySearch Wiki first until you exhaust them. &nbsp;See [http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/AfricanAmerican.pdf Finding Records for Your Ancestors, Part A-African American 1870 to Present].&nbsp;You will find records become somewhat scarce as you move back in time.<br>
Once you notice you are no longer able to find your ancestors on the records most commonly used by others, return here and choose the state above where your ancestor lived to discover records not commonly used in genealogy research. &nbsp;
=== Key Internet Links  ===
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*[[Quick Guide to African American Records|African American Quick Guide pdf]]
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/e/e8/36367_African_American_Records.pdfvFinding African Americans 1870-Present]
*[[United States Census Population Schedules, 1870 United States|1870 United States Census]]
*[http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/ Digital Library on American Slavery]
*[http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH33&CISOPTR=1765&REC=1 Family History Library Bibliography of African-American Sources]
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1417695 Freedman Bank Records 1865-1874] [[United States Freedman's Bank Registers 1865-1874 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1414908&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1815-1869]
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1105 Freedmen's Bureau Field Offices 1865-1872]
*[http://www.slcl.org/branches/hq/sc/scc/steps.htm Southern Claims Commission]
*[http://www.inmotionaame.org/home.cfm African-American Migration Experience]
*[http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/ North American Slave Narratives]<br>
*[http://www.lwfaaf.net/ Resting Places of United States Colored Troops, Officers and Sailors]
*[http://www.africanamericancemeteries.com/ African American Cemeteries Online]
*[http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sthtml/sthome.html American Memory - Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860]<br>
*[http://www.menare.org/research.html The Menare Foundation]
*[http://slavebiographies.org/project/about/ The Atlantic Slave Database Network: A new Resource for Scholars]
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*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors]
*[http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6482&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 World War I Draft Registration]
*[http://www.unc.edu/iaar/ Institute of African American Research]
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/ National Archives - African American Heritage]
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ African Ancestored Genealogy]
*[http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages]<br>
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/ African American Gateway]<br>
*[http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/ Free African Americans of VA, NC, SC, MD, DE]
*[http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/wpa/wpahome.html American Slave Narratives]<br>
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ AfriGeneas]
*[http://www.africanaheritage.com/index.asp Africana Heritage Project]
*[http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/VideoRedirection.aspx?content_id=15340 Avoid Traps in African American Genealogy], Tony Burroughs<br>
=== Things you can do  ===
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:<br>
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*[[Edit a page|Expand an article]] or [[Special:Shortpages|short page]]
*[[How to author an article in the Wiki|Create a new article]]<br>
*[[How to categorize an article|Categorize articles]]<br>
*[[Create an external link|Add external links to articles]]
*[[Create an internal link|Add internal links to articles]]
If you are interested in being the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator|moderator]] for these ''African American Research'' pages, {{please contact a Sysop}}.
'''Wiki articles describing online collection are found at:'''
*[[United States Freedman's Bank Registers 1865-1874 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States Freedman's Bank Registers 1865-1874 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[United States Freedmen’s Bureau Letters (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Freedmen%E2%80%99s_Bureau_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) United States Freedmen's Bureau Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
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