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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Black History Month Is Here at Last!

My ancestors left Africa long before Oprah's, but I can still take advantage of Ancestry.com's African-American Historical Records Collection free for three days. Here's what's available, according to 24-7 Family History Circle:

  • Freedmen's Bureau Records
  • Freedman's Bank Records
  • African American Family History Books Online
  • African American Photo Collection
  • World War I Draft Cards
  • Slave Narratives
  • U.S. Federal Census
  • U.S. Colored Troops Records (86,000 currently available, with more coming soon)
Southern Claims Commission Records and Freedmen's Bureau Marriage Records are also "coming soon."

In honor of Black History Month, I've added an African-American category at Genealogy Blog Finder. So far, I've only included blogs explicitly devoted to African-American research and aimed at a wide audience. If your blog isn't listed but should be, let me know.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to notice a couple of bloggers whose work I've been enjoying lately. Photo restorer and genealogist George Geder has been posting some incredible tin-types of his relatives. His ancestors were almost as dour as mine.

And Taneya has been transcribing selected articles of genealogical import from three Southern newspapers: the Talladega Daily Home, the Roanoke Beacon, and the Nashville Globe. Kudos from a fellow transcriber, Taneya!

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