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)
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!