Where to Find

How to Find African American sources

Where to Find

One of the best overviews on how to get started is FamilySearch's Wiki page, "QuickGuide to African American Records.


Use the Usual General Records to Trace your Family back to the 1870s

Reconstruction Era Document Types

  • Voter Registration Lists

  • Freedmen Bureau Records

  • Southern Claims Commission


Pre-Civil War Document Types

  • 1850-1860 U.S. Census Slave Schedules

  • Plantation Records

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