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A one of a kind research center

with a special focus on

African American genealogy

FEATURED ARTICLE

Letter from Freedmen Robert Hamilton and Patrick Allston Requesting Rations, Beaufort County, SC, 1868 

by Toni Carrier

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Finding and Telling the African American Family Story: Beginning the Genealogy Journey by Angela Walton Raji

  

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Where A Death Certificate Can Lead by Robin Foster

 

 

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Winning Gold When Starting Genealogy by Nicka Smith

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Timelines Keep Your Genealogy Research Moving Forward by Shelley Viola Murphy

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Beginning DNA for African American Genealogy by Shannon Christmas

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USCT Pension Files: A Rich Resource for African American Genealogy by Bernice Bennett

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Speaking of My People: A Granddaughter’s Journey Into The Lives of Her Lowcountry Ancestors by Akosua Moore

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Speaking with The Ancestors: The Journey Begins With A Tombstone by Kimberly Morgan

FEATURED VIDEO

5 GENERATIONS: FROM ENSLAVEMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE IN ATLANTA

The documentary 5 Generations: From Enslavement to Public Service in Atlanta is a commemoration of the achievements of five generations of African American women in the Metro Atlanta area from Reconstruction through the 20th century. By exploring genealogy, family lore, and historic documentation, viewers will become familiar with various historical philanthropic, educational, and political institutions within Atlanta’s African American communities through the lens of the women in one multi-generational family.

 

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CENTER FOR FAMILY HISTORY BLOG

Genealogist Robin Foster shares research tips and keeps you up to date with what’s happening at the IAAM Center for Family History.

LEARN RESEARCH SKILLS

Our On Demand Learning Library will help you build your research skills and keep your research moving forward.

PRESERVATION EFFORTS

Learn about efforts to preserve African American community and family history.

EXPLORE RECORDS

View our growing collections of funeral programs, obituaries, photos, historical documents and family histories.

FEATURED ARTICLES

Learn from the experts! View guest posts written by experts in the field of African American genealogy.

CFH IN THE COMMUNITY

See what we’ve been up to. Learn about upcoming community events.

CONTRIBUTE PHOTOS OR DOCUMENTS

Would you like to contribute funeral programs, obituaries, photos, historical documents or family histories to our collections? Here’s what you need to know to get started on preserving your family’s history at IAAM!

GENEALOGY FOR KIDS AND YOUTH

Ideas for inspiring young family historians.

VIDEO GALLERY

View featured videos. Ramp up your research skills with video tutorials. Learn more about the rich Gullah Geechee cultural heritage of the Lowcountry. Our video gallery has lots to sink your teeth into. View on any of your devices!

CONTRIBUTE AN ANCESTOR PHOTO OR DOCUMENT

Would you like to contribute Bible records, funeral programs, obituaries, photos, historical documents or family histories to our digital collections? We will cherish your contributions. Here’s what you need to know to get started on preserving your family’s history at IAAM!

LATEST BLOG POSTS

Florida State Census, 1885

Florida State Census, 1885

Today’s featured collection is the Florida State Census, 1885. This searchable collection contains population, agriculture, manufacture and mortality schedules for a special federal census for Florida made in 1885. The census was taken at the request of the federal government, and with the federal government’s assistance. All Florida counties are represented except Alacuhua, Clay, Columbia and Nassau.

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South Carolina, State and Territorial Censuses, 1753–1920

South Carolina, State and Territorial Censuses, 1753–1920

Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is South Carolina, State and Territorial Censuses, 1753–1920. This searchable collection consists of several state and local census records for South Carolina, including City Council of Georgetown census, 1920; South Carolina state censuses, 1829-1875; Union County census, 1869; City Council of Aiken census, 1868; and Village of Edgefield census, 1891.

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North Carolina, Voter Registration, 1868–1898

North Carolina, Voter Registration, 1868–1898

This collection contains voting registers for the North Carolina counties Orange, Beaufort and Chatham for the years 1868-1898. This searchable database includes images taken from microfilm of original records held at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. For a detailed look at this collection, please see the collection’s Learn More page.

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US, Florida — Voter Registration Records, 1867–1905

US, Florida — Voter Registration Records, 1867–1905

Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is US, Florida — Voter Registration Records, 1867–1905 . The collection consists of voter registration records for Hernando, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, St. John, Sumpter, Suwannee, Taylor, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties for years 1867-1905.

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US, Texas–Voter Registration, 1867-1869

US, Texas–Voter Registration, 1867-1869

Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is US, Texas–Voter Registration, 1867-1869. This collection can be especially helpful for African American genealogy because the records were made prior to 1870, and can help you tighten up your ancestor’s timeline between 1865 and the 1870 U.S. Census.

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Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905

Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905

Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905. Early voter registration records can help you locate your ancestor in records made before the 1870 U.S. Census. Voter registration records can also help you fill the twenty year gap between the 1880 U.S. Census and the 1900 U.S. Census (most of the 1890 U.S. Census was destroyed by fire).

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United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872

This searchable collection with images contains marriage certificates, marriage licenses, monthly reports of marriages and other proofs of marriages compiled by the Freedmen’s Bureau between 1861 through 1872. The records are part of National Archives Record Group 105, Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.

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Virginia Slave Birth Index, 1853-1866

Virginia Slave Birth Index, 1853-1866

Welcome to the first of a series of blog posts highlighting new or important research collections at FamilySearch! We will be posting a highlighted collection every day during February. For each collection, we’ll give you a general overview of the collection and what information it contains, show you a sample image from the collection and offer some hints for researching from the highlighted collection.

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United States 1860 Census Slave Schedules

United States 1860 Census Slave Schedules

Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1860.This searchable collection includes an index and images of slave schedules listing the names of slaveholders and the age and gender of those they enslaved in 1860. The 1860 Census Slave Schedules were made at the same time the 1860 Census was made. With very few exceptions, the slave schedules list only the name of the slaveholder. The schedules are arranged by enumeration district, just as the 1860 U.S. Census was arranged, and information reported was for the official census enumeration date of June 1, 1860.


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US, Georgia — County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960

US, Georgia — County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960

Today’s featured collection is Georgia, County Delayed Birth and Death Records, 1870-1960. This collection contains delayed birth records gathered from probate courts in multiple counties in Georgia for the years 1870 – 1960. Document images are available for most counties in the collection.

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US, Texas, Harrison County–Delayed Birth Records, 1860-1933

US, Texas, Harrison County–Delayed Birth Records, 1860-1933

Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is US, Texas, Harrison County–Delayed Birth Records, 1860-1933. This collection contains delayed birth records for Harrison County, Texas for the years 1860-1933. Some of the pages are damaged and some of the title boards are incorrectly labeled. The original records are housed at the Harrison County Courthouse in Marshall, Texas.

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United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934

United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934

Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934.

This is a searchable collection with images. The collection contains images of the National Archives’ carded name index to pension files for veterans who served in the military between 1861 and 1916 and applied for a military pension. These records are part of the National Archives record group RG 15, Records of the Veterans Administration and were taken from the National Archives microfilm publication T288. To learn more about the records in this microfilm publication, you can access the descriptive pamphlet here.

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Gallery: Santee-Cooper Relocation Project

The Santee Cooper Power and Navigation Project, begun in 1939, did much to stimulate South Carolina’s economy after the Great Depression. The project improved navigation on and provided hydroelectric power from the Santee and Cooper rivers to Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry counties. During the project, 900 families were relocated and more than 6,000 graves were relocated or buried beneath the waters of Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie.

ON DEMAND LEARNING LIBRARY

Learn research skills anytime, on any device. Our tutorials will help you get started, or help you take your research to the next level. Grab a snack, settle in, and power up!

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FEATURED VIDEO

THE INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

Coming in late 2020 on one of the most important sites in American history, the place where almost half of all African captives arrived in the U.S., the IAAM will present the largely undertold experiences and accomplishments of Americans of African descent.

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