Selections from the Library of Congress' resource guide for the study of black history and culture, covering colonialization, abolition, migrations and the 1930's Works Progress Administration


Online databases of African-American cemeteries, categorized by state. Many include transcribed tombstones.


A lavishly designed, deep and interactive online exhibit by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Weave though the extensive set of streaming timelines (requires Flash), tour historical sites, meet individuals, and see their works.


AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also an African ancestry research community featuring the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats.


Christine’s Genealogy is an especially helpful source for researching African-American ancestors. The resource includes links and information about the post-Civil War Freedmen’s Bureau records, African genealogy, and related articles and databases.


This article about the University of South Carolina Library at Columbia describes their extensive materials for researching African American history with a strong concentration in antebellum and Reconstruction era materials. Also there are collections reflecting more recent events in education, politics and leadership with newspapers, manuscripts and vertical files.


Lowcountry Africana, sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, South Carolina, is a free website dedicated to African American genealogy and history in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, home to the rich Gullah-Geechee cultural heritage.


Our Black Ancestry (OBA) helps people explore and appreciate African American family history and culture. Believing that we "empower our future by honoring our past," OBA contributes to a genealogical legacy that goes beyond the recording of names, dates and places into the realm of elevating genealogy to promote positive community and family values.


Mapping the Freedman’s Bureau is devoted to helping researchers put their ancestors back on the historical landscape where they lived.