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'''''Its most unique genealogical features:'''''  
 
'''''Its most unique genealogical features:'''''  
*[[Quick Guide to African American Records#Making_the_Slave_Connection|Family name changes]] were common after the Civil War  
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*[[Quick Guide to African American Records#Searching_Records_for_Slaves|Slavery research]] is usually challenging  
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*[[Quick Guide to African American Records#Making_the_Slave_Connection|Family name changes]] were common after the Civil War
*[[African American Freedman's Savings and Trust Company Records|Freedman's Bank Freedmen's Bureau Records]]  
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*[[Quick Guide to African American Records#Searching_Records_for_Slaves|Slavery research]] is usually challenging
*[[Researching African American Genealogy|Researching African American Genealogy]]  
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*[[African American Freedman's Savings and Trust Company Records|Freedman's Bank Freedmen's Bureau Records]]
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*[[Researching African American Genealogy|Researching African American Genealogy]]
 
*Join the [[Join a Facebook Research Community|Facebook]] African American Genealogy Research Community.
 
*Join the [[Join a Facebook Research Community|Facebook]] African American Genealogy Research Community.
 
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== State African American Pages ==
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==State African American Pages==
  
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   <li>[[African American Resources for Alabama|Alabama]]</li>  
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for Alabama|Alabama]]</li>  
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   <li>[[African American Resources for Oregon|Oregon]]</li>   
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for Oregon|Oregon]]</li>   
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]]</li>  
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]]</li>  
   <li>[[African American Resources for Rhode Island |Rhode Island ]]</li>  
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   <li>[[African American Resources for Rhode Island |Rhode Island]]</li>  
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for South Carolina|South Carolina]]</li>  
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for South Carolina|South Carolina]]</li>  
   <li>[[African American Resources for South Dakota |South Dakota ]]</li>  
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   <li>[[African American Resources for South Dakota |South Dakota]]</li>  
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee]]</li>  
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for Tennessee|Tennessee]]</li>  
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for Texas|Texas]]</li>  
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for Texas|Texas]]</li>  
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   <li>[[African American Resources for Wisconsin|Wisconsin]]</li>  
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for Wisconsin|Wisconsin]]</li>  
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for Wyoming|Wyoming]]</li>
 
   <li>[[African American Resources for Wyoming|Wyoming]]</li>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/723107?availability=Family%20History%20Library State Slavery Statutes. 354 microfiche. Bethesda, Maryland:University Publications of America, 1989. FHL fiche 6118902-6118916.]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/723107?availability=Family%20History%20Library State Slavery Statutes. 354 microfiche. Bethesda, Maryland:University Publications of America, 1989. FHL fiche 6118902-6118916.]
  
== National Archives ==
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==National Archives==
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*[https://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/slavery-records-civil.html American Slavery, Civil Records.]
 
*[https://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/slavery-records-civil.html American Slavery, Civil Records.]
 
*[https://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/slavery-records-congress.html American Slavery, Congressional Records]
 
*[https://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/slavery-records-congress.html American Slavery, Congressional Records]
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*[https://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/slavery-records-judicial.html American Slavery, Judicial Records]
 
*[https://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/slavery-records-judicial.html American Slavery, Judicial Records]
  
== How to do African American Genealogy Research ==
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==How to do African American Genealogy Research==
  
*[[Quick Guide to African American Records|Quick Guide to African American Records]]  
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*[[Quick Guide to African American Records|Quick Guide to African American Records]]
*Search for resources in the [https://www.familysearch.org/ask/landing?search=Getting%20Started&show=lessons&message=true FamilySearch Learning Center]  
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*Search for resources in the [https://www.familysearch.org/ask/landing?search=Getting%20Started&show=lessons&message=true FamilySearch Learning Center]
*[[Researching African American Genealogy|How to start African American Research]]  
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*[[Researching African American Genealogy|How to start African American Research]]
 
*[[African American Online Genealogy Records|African American Online Genealogy Records]]
 
*[[African American Online Genealogy Records|African American Online Genealogy Records]]
  
== Did you know? ==
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==Did you know?==
  
 
[[Image:Largest ancestry map.png|thumb|left|250px|<center>Deep purple shows counties with an African American plurality</center>]]<br>
 
[[Image:Largest ancestry map.png|thumb|left|250px|<center>Deep purple shows counties with an African American plurality</center>]]<br>
  
*The '''[https://historicjamestowne.org/history/the-first-africans/ first Africans]''' in the U.S. were indentured servants in Jamestown, Va., in 1619 (before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock) and freed after 7 years.  
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*The '''[https://historicjamestowne.org/history/the-first-africans/ first Africans]''' 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.  
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*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.  
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*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.  
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*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.  
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*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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*From 1865 to 1875 many African Americans changed their family name.
 
*Over 3,600 Free African Americans owned slaves in 1830. <ref> Not Quite Free The Free Negro Before the Civil War by Lowell H. Harrison. American History Illustrated FHL 973 B2ahi vol.9 June 1974 pg 12.</ref><br><br><br>
 
*Over 3,600 Free African Americans owned slaves in 1830. <ref> Not Quite Free The Free Negro Before the Civil War by Lowell H. Harrison. American History Illustrated FHL 973 B2ahi vol.9 June 1974 pg 12.</ref><br><br><br>
  
== Keys to success in African American research ==
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==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.  
 
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.  
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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;
 
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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==Key Internet Links==
  
 
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*[http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/ DiscoverFreedmen]
 
*[http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/ DiscoverFreedmen]
*[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/e/e8/36367_African_American_Records.pdf Finding African Americans 1870-Present]  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/e/e8/36367_African_American_Records.pdf Finding African Americans 1870-Present]
*[http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/ Digital Library on American Slavery]  
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*[http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/ Digital Library on American Slavery]
*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61568 U.S., Freedmen's Bureau Records of Field Offices, 1863-1878]  
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61568 U.S., Freedmen's Bureau Records of Field Offices, 1863-1878]
*[https://www.legacytree.com/african-american-ancestry LegacyTree: African American Ancestry (hire genealogist)]  
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*[https://www.legacytree.com/african-american-ancestry LegacyTree: African American Ancestry (hire genealogist)]
*[https://www.slcl.org/genealogy/search/southern%20claims%20commission Southern Claims Commission]  
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*[https://www.slcl.org/genealogy/search/southern%20claims%20commission Southern Claims Commission]
*[http://www.inmotionaame.org/home.cfm African-American Migration Experience]  
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*[http://www.inmotionaame.org/home.cfm African-American Migration Experience]
*[http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/ North American Slave Narratives]<br>  
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*[http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/ North American Slave Narratives]<br>
*[http://www.africanamericancemeteries.com/ African American Cemeteries Online]  
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*[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>  
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*[http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sthtml/sthome.html American Memory - Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860]<br>
*[http://menare.org/ The Menare Foundation]  
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*[http://menare.org/ The Menare Foundation]
 
*[http://slavebiographies.org/project/about/ The Atlantic Slave Database Network: A New Resource for Scholars]
 
*[http://slavebiographies.org/project/about/ The Atlantic Slave Database Network: A New Resource for Scholars]
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*[https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors]  
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*[https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors]
*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482 U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918]  
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482 U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918]
*[https://iaar.unc.edu/ Institute of African American Research]  
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*[https://iaar.unc.edu/ Institute of African American Research]
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/ National Archives - African American Heritage]  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/ National Archives - African American Heritage]
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ African Ancestored Genealogy]  
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ African Ancestored Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.slavevoyages.org/ Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages]
 
*[http://www.slavevoyages.org/ Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages]
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/ African American Gateway]
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/africanamerican/ African American Gateway]
*[http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/ Free African Americans of VA, NC, SC, MD, DE]  
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*[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>  
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*[http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/wpa/wpahome.html American Slave Narratives]<br>
*[http://africanaheritage.org/ Africana Heritage Project]  
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*[http://africanaheritage.org/ Africana Heritage Project]
*[http://barbsnow.net/AfricanAmerican.htm Bobbie's Genealogical Classroom guide]<br>
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*[http://barbsnow.net/AfricanAmerican.htm Bobbie's Genealogical Classroom guide]
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*[http://digitalblackhistory.com/ Digital Black History]<br>
 
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==='''Wiki articles describing online collection are found at:'''===  
 
==='''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]]  
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*[[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]]  
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*[[United States Freedmen’s Bureau Letters - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 
*[[United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|United States Freedmen's Bureau Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 
*[[United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|United States Freedmen's Bureau Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
  
 
*[[African Americans and the Cholera Epidemic of 1873]]
 
*[[African Americans and the Cholera Epidemic of 1873]]
== References ==
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/829837?availability=Family%20History%20Library Dee Parmer Woodtor. '' Finding a Place Called Home. A guide to African-American Genealogical and Historical Identity.'' New York:Random House, 1999. FHL 973 F2wd]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/829837?availability=Family%20History%20Library Dee Parmer Woodtor. '' Finding a Place Called Home. A guide to African-American Genealogical and Historical Identity.'' New York:Random House, 1999. FHL 973 F2wd]
* [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1012177?availability=Family%20History%20Library Tony Burroughs. ''Black roots : a beginners guide to tracing the African American family tree.''New York, New York : Simon & Schuster, 2001. FHL973 D27bt 2001]  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1012177?availability=Family%20History%20Library Tony Burroughs. ''Black roots : a beginners guide to tracing the African American family tree.''New York, New York : Simon & Schuster, 2001. FHL973 D27bt 2001]
 
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