Alabama African American Genealogy Research
African American Genealogy records are much more difficult to find due to the scant nature of record keeping for blacks prior to the Civil War. We have modeled this center much like we have for Native Americans, whose research can also be hampered by the available records. The links below provide an accurate reflection of what African American genealogy is available online.
Online African American Books at AccessGenealogy
Henry Ossian Flipper, The Colored Cadet at West Point
Autobiography of the First Graduate of color from the US Military Academy
History of the Negro Soldiers in the Spanish American War
along with other items on interest
Clotelle or The Colored Heroine
A novel, I leave it to the reader to determine if fact or fiction
Anti-Slavery Tracts No. 18, The Fugitive Slave Law, and its Victims Listings of many slaves, their capture and return to slavery
Narratives - Free Search
Perhaps no other resource approaches the range of human experience found in Ancestry.com's Slave Narratives. This collection of interviews stands in contrast to other slave narratives that appear in most literature anthologies which were written by the rare few who, against staggering odds, had become literate. This database provides a more poignant picture of what it was to live as a slave in the American South. Taken from The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography, this collection is the most complete available picture of the African-American slavery experience. There is simply no other historical document quite like it. The collection contains over 20,000 pages of type-scripted interviews with more than 3,500 former slaves collected over a ten year period. (Requires Ancestry.com Membership) Get 14 Days Free Access!!!
Articles to Assist Your research:
American Research, Part 1
Genealogical techniques used to track slave families before the Civil War are necessarily quite different than those used for white or free African Americans.
Alabama Slave Project - ALGenWeb
People of Color Heritage Book Project
The purpose of this project is to preserve the history of as many African-American families as possible. Some of you may have been collecting and documenting your history for years, but never thought about sharing it with anyone other than your immediate family. You can submit family stories, family trees, data, pictures, and more. The only requirement is the topic must be relevant to Alabama families and histories.
and Inventory of Slaves in Wills, Macon County AL
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
P. O. 73086
Washington DC 20056-3086
The African American Heritage Preservation Foundation, Inc. (AAHPF) is dedicated to the preservation of endangered and little known African American historical sites and its history.
American Cross Race Genealogy Research
Devoted to finding and developing more resources for those of us researching American cross-racial family history and/or ancestors who were or may have been of mixed-race ancestry.
Middle Passage History
The Middle Passage was a term used to describe the triangular route of trade that brought Africans to the Americas and rum and sugar cane to Europe. It was synonymous with pain and suffering. The journey from Africa to the Americas would take as many as 30 to 90 days.
African-American Civil War Soldiers & Sailors
African American Warriors - Links to surname databases related to several wars
1850 Lawrence County, Alabama Slave Census
1850 Federal Census, Slave Schedule
1860 Federal Census, Slave Schedule
1870 Federal Census, Black Households, Perry County
Register of Slaves Brought into Perry County, 1832
Marriage Records Index Colored Wilcox County 1873-1877
(Baptist) Black and Slave Members
Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery
Little Zion #1 Baptist Church Cemetery
Old Snow Hill Cemetery
Dulaney AME Church Cemetery
Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery
1850 Federal Census, Mortality Schedule, Lowndes County