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[[United States Genealogy|United State[[Category:African American Record]] [[[[Category:African American Record]] New York [[[[Category:African American Record]] [[African_American_Resources_for_New_York|African American Resource[[Category:African American Record]]

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


Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Cultur[[Category:African American Record
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801
(212) 491-2200

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Carl A. Knoch Librar[[Category:African American Record Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collectio[[Category:African American Record

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[[Category:African American Record]] (Richmond County), [[Kings (Brooklyn) County, New York#African_Americans|Kings Count[[Category:African American Record]], and [[New York (Manhattan) County, New York#African_Americans|New York Count[[Category:African American Record]].[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[[Category:African American Record ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 109-110.
  • "Voices from the front line [[Category:African American Record New York's African American statesmen of the Underground Railroad Freedom Trail: and the United States Colored Troops organized in the Empire State, 1863-1865: roll call, men of the 20th USCT and 26th USCT: introductory essay and research guide" by Harry Bradshaw.

Web Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dick Eastman, " to Publish the Patriots of Color Database," Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, 24 February 2012,
  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[[Category:African American Record ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 110.

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