African American Research
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African American Genealogy
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.
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