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A record of major migrations of African Americans and precipitating events.  <br><br>
 
A record of major migrations of African Americans and precipitating events.  <br><br>
  
 
=== Emigration to Canada ===
 
=== Emigration to Canada ===
*[https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE6968346 Benjamin Drew. ''A north-side view of slavery : the refugee, or, The narratives of fugitive slaves in Canada related by themselves, with an account of the history and condition of the colored population of Upper Canada.'' Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1856. Digital Book]  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/374424-the-refugee-or-the-narratives-of-fugitive-slaves-in-canada-microform?offset=1 Benjamin Drew. ''A north-side view of slavery : the refugee, or, The narratives of fugitive slaves in Canada related by themselves, with an account of the history and condition of the colored population of Upper Canada.'' Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1856. Digital Book]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1804488?availability=Family%20History%20Library George Hendrick. ''Black refugees in Canada : accounts of escape during the era of slavery.'' Jefferson, McFarland & Co., 2010. FHL 971 H6h]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1804488?availability=Family%20History%20Library George Hendrick. ''Black refugees in Canada : accounts of escape during the era of slavery.'' Jefferson, McFarland & Co., 2010. FHL 971 H6h]
 
*[https://archive.org/details/refugeesfromslav00howe/page/n5 S.G. Howe. ''The Refugees from Slavery in Canada West. Report to the Freedmen's Inquiry Commission.'' Boston: Wright & Potter, printers, 1864.]
 
*[https://archive.org/details/refugeesfromslav00howe/page/n5 S.G. Howe. ''The Refugees from Slavery in Canada West. Report to the Freedmen's Inquiry Commission.'' Boston: Wright & Potter, printers, 1864.]
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=== [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_Railroad Underground Railroad] ===
 
=== [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_Railroad Underground Railroad] ===
 
*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/33754822 Underground Railroad National Historical Park - Selected Routes of the Underground Railroad. NAID 33754822 - National Archives]
 
*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/33754822 Underground Railroad National Historical Park - Selected Routes of the Underground Railroad. NAID 33754822 - National Archives]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/68886418 National Scenic Byway- Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad (Maryland) NAID 68886418 - National Archives]
 
*[https://freedomonthemove.org/ Freedom on the Move. A database of fugitives from American Slavery. Cornell University]
 
*[https://freedomonthemove.org/ Freedom on the Move. A database of fugitives from American Slavery. Cornell University]
 
*[https://archive.org/details/undergroundrail00stil/page/n11 William Still.''The underground rail road : a record of facts, authentic narratives, letters, &c., narrating the hardships, hair-breadth escapes, and death struggles of the slaves in their efforts for freedom, as related by themselves and others or witnessed by the author : together with sketches of some of the largest stockholders and most liberal aiders and advisers of the road.'' Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872.]  
 
*[https://archive.org/details/undergroundrail00stil/page/n11 William Still.''The underground rail road : a record of facts, authentic narratives, letters, &c., narrating the hardships, hair-breadth escapes, and death struggles of the slaves in their efforts for freedom, as related by themselves and others or witnessed by the author : together with sketches of some of the largest stockholders and most liberal aiders and advisers of the road.'' Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872.]  

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A record of major migrations of African Americans and precipitating events.

Emigration to Canada[edit | edit source]


American Revolution[edit | edit source]

American slaves migrated to Canada in search of freedom after the American Revolution See: Africans in Canada

Underground Railroad[edit | edit source]

Nework to Freedom - National Park Service[edit | edit source]

Reference Sources


State and Local Sources Publications

Archives and Libraries

Ohio Historical Society

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Harvard Library

Indiana Department of Natural Resources


Additional Sources

There was a notable community in Nova Scotia. Some of the newly free slaves would intermingle with Canadian Indians, as they often did in the U.S. Don't ignore Canada when looking for your African American ancestors! Check out this site about Harriet Tubman

For more, see: Canada First Nations Genealogy Research Community

Fugitive Slave Laws[edit | edit source]

National Archives Catalog - US District & Circuit Courts records of Fugitive Slaves Cases

National Archives

FamilySearch Wiki Coverage Table

FamilySearch Catalog

Emigration to Liberia[edit | edit source]

Liberia History


American Colonization Society Sources

Library of Congress

State Sources

National Archives

Publications

Migration within the United States[edit | edit source]

Slave Populations before the Civil War

By 1790, nearly all Africans to be imported to the United States had already arrived. They lived in primarily four states.

  • Virginia—293,000
  • South Carolina—107,000
  • Maryland—103,000
  • North Carolina—101,000
  • No other state had more than 30,000 enslaved people.

Between 1820 and 1860, huge increases in slave population occurred across the South. Slave populations in 1860 are listed below:

  • Virginia—491,000
  • Georgia—462,000
  • Mississippi—437,000
  • Alabama—435,000
  • South Carolina—402,000
  • Louisiana—332,000
  • North Carolina—331,000
  • Tennessee—275,000
  • Kentucky—225,000
  • Texas—183,000
  • Missouri—115,000
  • Arkansas—111,000

Migration after the Civil War
Between 1790 and 1900, 90% of African Americans lived in the South.
By 1960, 50% of African Americans lived in the South.

  • 100,000 African Americans moved to Kansas in late 1870's, early 1880's
  • 500,000 African Americans left the south during WWI (1916-1919)
  • 90,000 to Pennsylvania
  • 73,000 to Illinois
  • 43,000 to Michigan
  • 1 million African Americans left the South in the 1920's
  • 5 million African Americans left the South between 1940-1960
  • During 1970's, African Americans started returning to the South, especially to larger, urban cities.
  • By 1990, 84% of African Americans lived in urban areas.
  • See Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration 1915-1940by Spencer Crew.

Enslaved in the North
By 1800, approximately 37,000 northern blacks were still reported in bondage. By 1830, most northern states had required freeing of slaves although 3,600 people remained in bondage, mostly in New Jersey.

Free Blacks
In 1860, there were 488,000 free blacks or about 10% of total African Americans in the U.S.

  • 46% of free blacks (226,000) lived in North and West
  • 46% lived in upper South (KY, MD, MO, TN, VA, NC, DC)
  • 8% lived in deep South