Research Black Family History State by State

Local archives and libraries are great resources for African-American genealogy research.

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Connecticut State Library: "Research Guide to African-American Genealogical Resources at the Connecticut State Library." Records: Connecticut Census Index and cemetery inscription records; the logbook of slave traders between New London and Connecticut, 1757-58.


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University of Delaware Library: African American Resources in Special Collections. Records: "Printed Collections, Visual Materials, Oral Histories, Postcards, and Manuscript and Archival Collections." While interesting historically, it may not be as helpful for genealogy research.


The Black Experience: A Guide to African American Resources in the State Library and Archives of Florida. Records: State and local government records; manuscripts (nongovernment records and papers); Florida Photographic Collection; films and videos; the State Archives holdings of selected National Archives Microfilm Publications; sources in the Florida Collection of the State Library of Florida; sources in other repositories. 


Georgia Archives: African American Resources page. Records: Reconstruction Registration Oath Books; Apprenticeship/Indenture Registers, 1800-1930, which document freedmen and some whites; Records of Slave Trials for six counties; and Cemeteries and Churches.