African American Genealogy Resources

African American Genealogy Resources at Our Folks' Tales

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Below, you’ll find some of my favorite genealogy resources including databases, podcasts, books, and groups that may prove helpful as you look for your folks.


Research at the National Archives and Beyond with Bernice Bennett

Each week, Bennett interviews a guest about some aspect of genealogical research and storytelling. Her interviews range from discussions on general genealogical topics to conversations with authors who have written biographies related to the experiences of African Americans.


African Roots Podcast

Angela Walton-Raji interviews guests about topics related to African American genealogy, and she specializes in work on the Freedman’s Bureau and the places that Native American and African American genealogies intersect.



Our Black Ancestry

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.


Family Tree Girl

Shelley Murphy, aka Family Tree Girl, shares stories from her research about her own ancestry as a way of guiding people through their own search, provides lists of resources available at certain locations, and shares the latest big news in the genealogical world.

Lowcountry Africana

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. Here, you will find photographs, resource lists, several blogs, and a great deal of other information about these regions of the U.S.

Notes to Myself

Notes to Myself is True Lewis’s Personal Diary on her “Slave Granddaddy Ike Ivery! & Miles-Daniel Family, Along with my Mother’s European Heritage. My Ancestors come from Bullock County, Midway, Alabama and Houston County, Georgia. With Strong Roots in Cumberland County, Newville, Pennsylvania.”

Cyndi’s List

Cyndi’s List is an EXTENSIVE list of genealogical resources of all sorts, and her African American resources list is deep and rich.  Find it at the link above.

African American Historical and Genealogical Society

AAHGS was founded by a small group of historians and genealogists who felt a need to share resources and methodology for pursuing historical and genealogical research. For more than 35 years, their members have worked together to trace the historical ties that bind us one to another, mold the present, and shape the future.


One of the most robust websites out there for African American genealogy.  They have an extensive surname database and very active forums, where individuals can submit questions or queries to other researchers.

Genealogy Facts

A good fundamentals of genealogy page with links to lots of other resources.  Great starting place if you’re new to genealogy.