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Journey Into Your Past: African American Genealogy Resources

A brief selection of the resources available at the Library of Congress to assist the researcher in recreating the stories that define and shape a family tree.


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

The Freedmen’s Bureau Online: Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands contains databases and a search option for records that have been transcribed to the site. This is a good starting point to quickly see if an ancestor is included any of its databases, though it does not include all of the Freedmen’s Bureau’s records and additional searching for records may be necessary.

Most of the records from the Freedmen’s Bureau that have been microfilmed are available to view and search through in the collection United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages, 1815-1869.

Freedman’s Bank Records, available at

Records of the Superintendent of Education for the State of Texas, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1870

Free African Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware

A great resource to start your search for Free African Americans. The site compiled information from tax lists, registry lists, wills, deeds, and other records on free African Americans prior to passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. More recent articles on the site also include information from Tennessee, Indiana, and Illinois.

Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) -Genealogy: Ethnic Heritage Links