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A one of a kind research center

with a special focus on

African American genealogy

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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

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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

Descriptive Recruitment Lists of Volunteers for the United States Colored Troops for the State of Missouri,1863-1865 : NARA, RG94, M1894

Descriptive Recruitment Lists of Volunteers for the United States Colored Troops for the State of Missouri,1863-1865 : NARA, RG94, M1894

This collection consists of descriptive lists for black volunteers recruited for the army from the State of Missouri, 1863-1865. The original records, held at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland consist of 55 descriptive recruitment books and 3 bound indexes. The records are part of the records of the Colored Troops Division, 1863-1865 within Record Group (RG) 94, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917 and were taken from the National Archives microfilm publication M1894. For more information about these records, please see the descriptive pamphlet prepared by the National Archives.

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Alabama State Census, 1866

Alabama State Census, 1866

Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is Alabama State Census, 1866.This searchable collection is an index of the 1866 state census from Alabama. Originals schedules are held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The census was created to determine how many representatives would be sent to Congress for the state of Alabama.

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Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957

Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957

Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957. These records are lists of black and white students prepared by the counties and school districts for the years 1850-1892, 1908 to 1957 to determine each county’s education funding needs. The early records include only the names of students and the school attended. More recent records added the age of the child and a parent or guardian’s name. School records can be a viable substitute for birth records and can bridge the gaps between U.S. Census years. To learn more about these records, please visit the collection’s Learn More page.

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United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. This collection was built from a database provided by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and is a name index to Army Serial Number Enlistment Card Records, which covers the years 1938-1946, excluding officers, in the United States Army including the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and the Enlisted Reserve Corps. This index, which is not complete, covers about nine million men and women. The collection’s Learn More page notes that the collection may contain scanning errors.

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Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987

Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987

Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987. This searchable collection contains an index and images of death certificates from the Virginia State Department of Health. Certificate images are provided courtesy of Ancestry.com. To learn more about this record set, please view the collection’s Learn More page.

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Documenting William H. Heard (1850-1937) 1905 Until His Death in 1937

Documenting William H. Heard (1850-1937) 1905 Until His Death in 1937

I feel that it has been well worth our while tracing resources along the timeline of Bishop William H. Heard. This section covers about the last thirty or more years of his life. He has been a great person to take a look at because the records found on him mention many other people who lived in the same places he did. So, you can once again like the other blog posts, pick a period along the timeline and read about the event I found and find the names of people he was involved with. The last blog covering the timeline of Bishop Heard was Documenting William H. Heard Between 1881 and 1904.

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Documenting William H. Heard Between 1881 and 1904

Documenting William H. Heard Between 1881 and 1904

In the blog post Finding Documentation for Your Ancestor’s Timeline we began gathering documents that will help us construct a timeline of his life. Today, we search for resources for documenting William H. Heard between 1881 and 1904.

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Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936

Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936

Today’s featured collection is Oklahoma School Records 1895 – 1936. This particular collection holds school census records as well as rosters for the counties that existed before and after Oklahoma statehood, which occurred in 1907. This collection is significant because it reflects the two territories: Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory. After 1907, the new state of Oklahoma is reflected with all of the new counties. For more about this collection one can visit the Family Search website to Learn More about this collection.

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Virginia Funeral Programs

Virginia Funeral Programs

The first bit of advice we give to everyone who’s thinking of starting their ancestor research is “Find the person in your family who collects the funeral programs.” Why? Because Homegoing programs celebrate a person’s life within their circle of loved ones, and most every loved one is mentioned in the funeral program.

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Resources for Documenting United States Colored Troops Veterans

Resources for Documenting United States Colored Troops Veterans

Did you know that FamilySearch has many free resources for documenting your ancestors who served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT)? Here, we will take a look at ten free FamilySearch resources for documenting USCT veteran ancestors, and the information they contain.

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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.

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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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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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