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African American Resources for New York

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[[United States Genealogy|United State] [[Image:Gotoarrow.pn] New York [[Image:Gotoarrow.pn] [[African_American_Resources_for_New_York|African American Resource]

A list of resource for researching African American ancestors who lived in New York.


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Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

[http://legacy.www.nypl.org/research/sc/sc.html Schomburg Center for Research in Black Cultur
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801
(212) 491-2200

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
[http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/ Carl A. Knoch Librar Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
[http://dlxs.library.cornell.edu/m/mayantislavery/ Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collectio

Estate Records[edit | edit source]

Estate papers, 1817 of Brush, Ichabod, d. 1809. Mentions James Williams. Queens Borough Public Library Long Island Division 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y. 11432

Wilson and Jane Rantus papers, ca. 1830-1890Largely bills submitted by individuals and the village and town government. Letters written to Wilson Rantus from Thomas Hamilton, pioneer black journalist, 1854-1861. Other items include insurance policies for private homes, and estate papers.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

"Genealogical History of Black Families of Orange County, New York" by Robert W. Brennan

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Railroad[edit | edit source]

Inventory of the Blacks in the Railroad Industry Collection, 1946-1954

Slavery[edit | edit source]

African American slavery was common in New York during the colonial period. Hoff prepared a guide for tracing African American colonists:

A law passed 29 March 1799 declared that "any child born of a slave after the 4th of July next shall be deemed to be born free." Owners discovered a loophole to keep these children enslaved by registering them in certain counties. Such lists have been located and published for the [[Castleton, New York#African_Americans|Town of Castleto] (Richmond County), [[Kings (Brooklyn) County, New York#African_Americans|Kings Count], and [[New York (Manhattan) County, New York#African_Americans|New York Count].[2]

Several lists of manumitted slaves have been discovered and published:

  • 1700s-1810s - Eichholz, Alice and James M. Rose. "New York State Manumissions," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Masters' Surnames A-B: Vol. 108, No. 4 (Oct. 1977):221-225; Masters' Surnames C-D: Vol. 109, No. 1 (Jan. 1978):22-24; Masters' Surnames E-I: Vol. 109, No. 2 (Apr. 1978):71-74; Masters' Surnames J-N: Vol. 109, No. 3 (Jul. 1978):145-149; Masters' Surnames O-S: Vol. 109, No. 4 (Oct. 1978):229-233; Masters' Surnames T-Z: Vol. 110, No. 1 (Jan. 1979):39-42. Digital version at New York Family Histor ($); [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/161380 FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 109-110.

Web Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dick Eastman, "Archives.com to Publish the Patriots of Color Database," Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, 24 February 2012, http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2012/02/archivescom-to-publish-the-patriots-of-color-database.html.
  2. Alice Eichholz and James M. Rose, "Slave Births in Castleton, Richmond County, New York," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 110, No. 4 (Oct. 1979):196. Digital version at New York Family Histor ($); [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/161380 FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 110.

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