>African American Genealogy and History Websites

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I search twitter and find some of the greatest links to genealogy websites.  The Kentucky Historical Society on twitter just shared the Black Loyalist website with #genealogy.  It was interesting to visit today! I thought I would share it with you. The Black Loyalist website says: Black Loyalist is a repository of historical data about the African American loyalist refugees who left New York between April and November 1783 and whose names are recorded in the Book of Negroes. http://www.blackloyalist.info/

 I would also suggest checking out BlackPast.org.  This website has much to offer. # An online encyclopedia featuring over 3,000 entries which describe people, places and events in global African history written by more than 350 academic, independent and student historians.  Their contributions make BlackPast.org one of the largest online encyclopedias devoted exclusively to the history of people of African ancestry wherever they are found. # The complete text of over 200 major speeches by African Americans from 1789 to today. # Over 100 full text primary documents—court decisions, laws, organizational statements, treaties, government reports and executive orders which help describe the African American past. # Seven major timelines that show the history of people of African ancestry from 5,000 B.C.E. to today. # Three bibliographies listing the more than 3,500 major books on African American history categorized by author, title, subject, and date of publication. # Four “Gateway” Pages with links to 50 digital archive collections, 100 museums and research centers, 12 genealogical research websites and over 600 other website resources on African American history, African American history in the West and Global African History. # Perspectives Online Magazine which features commentary of important, but little known events in black history often written by the individuals who participated in or witnessed them.  Many of these accounts are instant primary sources.

 
Another site I visited today was the Black Belt African American Genealogical & Historical Society –  They have a number of records online for the counties that they are serving. You can visit them on fB too. The Black Belt African American Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and exchange of information and ideas among people interested in African American genealogy, family history and historic  preservation in the twelve counties of Alabama’s Black Belt Region–Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter and Wilcox.

Another great resource in research is the Digital Library on American SlaveryEstablished in 1991, the Race and Slavery Petitions Project was designed to locate, collect, organize, and publish all extant legislative petitions relevant to slavery, and a selected group of county court petitions from the fifteen former slaveholding states and the District of Columbia, during the period from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Between 1991 and 1995, the Project Director and editor Loren Schweninger traveled across the South to photocopy and microfilm petitions meeting that criterion. During the initial three years, he visited fourteen state archives and about one hundred and sixty county courthouses. In subsequent years, he added to the collection: 945 Orleans Parish petitions in 1998; 200 petitions from records of Louisiana Supreme Court (various parishes) in 1999; 53 Boone County, and 149 St. Louis, Missouri, petitions in 2000; 84 Shelby County, Tennessee, petitions in 1998 and 2000; and 71 Noxubee County, Mississippi, petitions in 2001. With the exception of 563 North Carolina county court petitions, selected from five discrete record sets by experienced research assistants, the director chose all of the documents. The Project now holds 2,975 legislative petitions and approximately 14,512 county court petitions. The massive number of surviving relevant county court petitions, estimated to be more than a quarter of a million, is dispersed in state archives and county courthouses across the South.

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About Louisiana Genealogy Admin

I manage several RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards, support Louisiana Cemetery Preservation, am a former Louisiana and Mississippi librarian, have been researching genealogy of my family since 1988, and write and promote several blogs supporting either Louisiana genealogy or Louisiana cemeteries.
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