AFRICAN AMERICAN COAL MINER INFORMATION CENTER. Provides brief history of the African American coal-mining experience in America, with identification of associated coal towns and camps, database of individual miners, links to related sites, and listings of related offline material.

African American History at the Maryland State Archives


African American Registry provides more than black history, but important African American dates in history. Very informative. Including a page where you can plug in your birthday to find interesting historical facts!


Afrigeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. 

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1718-1820- Database of Slave Inventories and records.

District of Columbia Court and Emancipation Records, 1820-1863

Emancipation of Slaves in the District of Columbia, 1862-1863

Digital Library on American Slavery

African-American Families Database: The AAFD project is hosted by the Central Virginia History Researchers, a partnership among local historians, anthropologists, genealogists, and community residents.


Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1719-1820 


Black Loyalist 

Civil War Washington Great resource site with lots of links.  Including a Brick Wall Posting area for those hard to find names.  Lots of free resources.

Culpeper County, Virginia: 
Family History & Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records & More

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Websites-African American  Loads of links

Discovering Yesterday    research tips and tools, and thoughts on genealogy research, as well as, interesting local history. (DC/Metro)

DC USGenWeb Archives were developed to provide free online data for genealogical research. These archives are dependent on volunteers, people just like you, donating their time by transcribing public domain records or other non-copyrighted primary sources. Your file contributions help build this repository for all researchers to come. The USGenWeb Archives Project has guaranteed your information will remain free to all researchers.


English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records 

Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade  With the help of scholars, educators, and family historians, Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade ( is rapidly expanding in 2021, building a robust, open-source architecture to discover, connect, and visualize 600,000 (and growing) people records and 5 million data points. From archival fragments and spreadsheet entries, we see the lives of the enslaved in richer detail. Explore the data and life stories on and read articles on data-driven research about the lives of the enslaved in the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation.

Executions in the U.S. 1608-2002: The Espy File  The "Espy File" is a database of executions in the United States and the earlier colonies from 1608 to 2002. This list of 15,269 executions was compiled by M. Watt Espy and John Ortiz Smykla, and was made available through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. Note: This is the latest version of the Espy File. Previously, this web page contained "The Espy File: 1608-1987."

Fayette County Kentucky Links 

Footsteps from North Brentwood: From Reconstruction to the Post WWII years

Book by Frank Harold Wilson about the first incorporated Black town in Prince Georges County MD

Fredericksburg Historic Court Records   'The information presented by Historic Court Records are primarily extracts of "loose papers" - the paper trail behind Court Order Book entries. Fortunately, it appears that most "loose papers" survived the turmoil of the Civil War even though Fredericksburg changed hands a number of times and was decimated during the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. The history behind Fredericksburg's "loose papers" is complicated since a number of different courts sat in the Fredericksburg Courthouse over the years and those courts served many jurisdictions, not just Fredericksburg...

FREE AFRICAN AMERICANS OF VIRGINIA,  NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, MARYLAND AND DELAWARE  The history of the free African American community as told through the family history of most African Americans who were free in the Southeast during the colonial period

HathiTrust Digital Library HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Howard University Yearbooks  During the period 1914-1922, individual yearbooks were produced by university Departments. Extant yearbooks are available from the Academy, College Department, and Teachers College. There are no yearbooks for 1921.

Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation
The Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation is a digital academic journal that publishes datasets and accompanying data articles about the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants from the fifteenth to the early twentieth centuries. The Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation builds from and expands upon the pioneering digital scholarship on the transatlantic slave trade. As such, the journal elevates curated data to a first-class publication status, providing scholarly review, recognition, and credit to those who undertake the intellectual work involved in generating, cleaning, contextualizing, and describing digital records relating to bondage and freedom in Africa and the diaspora.

LARGE SLAVEHOLDERS OF 1860 and AFRICAN AMERICAN SURNAME MATCHES FROM 1870 information on Slave owners, Featuring the big 16 slave owners. Tom Blake's transcription names from the 1870 census and matching slaves with slave owners. This site was in the original back2past links page. 

Legacy of Slavery in Maryland   The Beneath the Underground database features entries of over 300,000 individuals including, white and black, slave owners, enslaved and free individuals from primarily the years of 1830 through 1880 to review


List of Free Negroes ... District of Fredericksburg, in the County of Spotsylvania, 1858
A list of Free Negroes over twelve years of age, made for the Auditor of public accounts in accordance with Chapter 107 of the Code of Virginia by Robert W. Hart Commissioner of the Revenue for the District of Fredericksburg, in the County of Spotsylvania 1858

Louisa County, VA -Slaves listed by owner



Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative

The Library of Virginia’s collections are rich with records documenting the lives of African Americans in Virginia. However, access to those materials dating from before the American Civil War is limited at best. These limitations are the result of period perspectives on the identities of enslaved and disenfranchised populations, as well as sheer volume. Due to this, the individual stories form a narrative of a people that has not been fully told.

The Library’s African American Narrative project aims to provide greater accessibility to pre-1865 African American history and genealogy found in the rich primary sources in its holdings. Traditional description, indexing, transcription, and digitization are major parts of this effort. However, and perhaps more importantly, this project seeks to encourage conversation and engagement around the records, providing opportunities for a more grassroots and diverse narrative of the history of Virginia’s African American people.

Arican American Poll Books, 1867

In the summer of 1866, Congress passed the 14th Amendment guaranteeing the rights of freedmen and preventing former Confederate officials from holding office. Virginia, failing to ratify the amendment, was placed under military rule as a result of the passage of the first Reconstruction Act on March 2, 1867. Under the provisions of the Reconstruction Acts, it was necessary for the states of the old Confederacy to call conventions to draft new state constitutions. As directed, the Commander of the Military District in Virginia registered all male citizens 21 years of age or older and supervised an election held October 22, 1867. This election would determine whether or not Virginia would hold a constitutional convention, and would also elect delegates to the convention, if held. This election was especially significant because it was the first election to include African American participation. For more information, please see the finding aid for this collection. 

Pre-1820 Virginia Manumissions manumissions of individuals drawn from the extant deed and will books of Dinwiddie, Prince George, Chesterfield, Charles City, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex Counties

Prince William County Virginia Obituaries Obits from 1900-1930 by Ronald Ray Turner is a searchable pdf document.

The Genealogy Center presents African American Gateway 



Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library 


Monticello Plantation Database 

National Archives Genealogy Page  Lots of info for the beginner to the advanced researcher.


National Archives and Records Administration 

Race and Slavery Petitions Project  The Project offers a searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color. Designed as a tool for scholars, historians, teachers, students, genealogists, and interested citizens, the site provides access to information gathered and analyzed over an eighteen-year period from petitions to southern legislatures and country courts filed between 1775 and 1867 in the fifteen slaveholding states in the United States and the District of Columbia.

Register of Colored Persons of Caroline County, State of Virginia, cohabitating together and husband and wife on 27th February, 1866.


Register of Children of Colored Persons in Caroline County, State of Virginia, whose Parents had ceased to cohabit on 27th February 1866, which the Father recognizes to be his.

Roots in Prince William This is a pdf is a guide research in Prince William County, VA that you can download with lots of research links.

Slave Biographies: The Atlantic Database Network open access data repository of information on the identities of enslaved people in the Atlantic World. It includes the names, ethnicities, skills, occupations, and illnesses of individual slaves. Phase one of a multi-phase project is presented here. Users of the website can access three data sets: one about slaves in Maranhão, Brazil, one about slaves in colonial Louisiana, and another about freed slaves in Antebellum Louisiana.


Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860 

The Slavery Inventory Database 

This database tool enables you to search for - and identify - enslaved African American ancestors who lived in the Northern Virginia region.

The sources of the information used to compile this database are “Will and Deed’ books. Many dedicated hours have been invested reading, recording, and cross-referencing from these historical, handwritten records, which can be like searching for a needle in a haystack as African American historical records and ancestry continue to remain hidden in plain sight.

The African-Native American History & Genealogy Website

The Afro Black History Archives The AFRO American Newspapers, in cooperation with Google, are proud to present an extensive collection of digitally archived issues spanning over 100 years of history. The AFRO Archives feature various AFROeditions covering an impressive span of change, division and progress in African American History.

The Geography of Slavery  The Geography of Slavery in Virginia is a digital collection of advertisements for runaway and captured slaves and servants in 18th- and 19th-century Virginia newspapers. Building on the rich descriptions of individual slaves and servants in the ads, the project offers a personal, geographical and documentary context for the study of slavery in Virginia, from colonial times to the Civil War.

United States, Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874 Name index and images of registers for 67,000 people who opened accounts in the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company. This NARA microfilm publication M816 Registers of Depositors in Branches of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company.


Valley of the Shadow:   Details life in 2 American Communities, one Northern and one Southern.

Virginia, African-American funeral programs, 1920-present 

This has over 2,000 obituaries. 

Virginia Cohabitation Records 
he Cohabitation Records, offically titled, "Register of Colored Persons, Augusta County, State of Virginia, Cohabiting Together as Husband and Wife," are a record of free African American families living in Virginia immediately after the end of the Civil War. The records were created by the Freedmen's Bureau in an effort to document the marriages of formerly enslaved men and women that were legally recognized by an act of the Virginia Assembly in February 1866


Virginia Emigrants to Liberia  Between 1820 and 1865, about 3,700 African Americans sailed from Virginia to make a new home on the West Coast of Africa. Many died of tropical diseases; others struggled for survival. Some thrived and became leaders of Liberia, the first independent republic in Africa. The American Colonization Society sponsored this migration nationally, although they were chronically short of the funds needed to pay for emigrants' passage and resettlement. 

Virginia Memory Chancery Records  The Chancery Records Index (CRI) is a result of archival processing and indexing projects overseen by the Library of Virginia (LVA) and funded, in part, by the Virginia Circuit Court Records Preservation Program (CCRP). Each of Virginia's circuit courts created chancery records that contain considerable historical and genealogical information. Because the records rely so heavily on testimony from witnesses, they offer a unique glimpse into the lives of Virginians from the early 18th century through the First World War.  


Virginia Historical Society 

Virtual Jamestown


Waterways to Freedom


Virginia African American Heritage Program


Woodfork Genealogy  The goal of this website is to provide tools, tips and resources for researching and preserving family and local history.

Washington, DC Genealogy Research, Resources,and Records This website is dedicated to organizing the research options, resources, and records for our ancestors, cousins, and friends in Washington, DC. As part of accomplishing this goal, this website serves both the US GenWeb and Trails to the Past networks. 

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