Research: Genealogy

African American History & Genealogy

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Local History

African Heritage in the Low Country "...is entirely dedicated to records that document the family and cultural heritage of African Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and extreme northeastern Florida, home to the rich Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage."

Africans In the Low Country details the history of African-Americans and their arrival and history in the Low Country along the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Presented by the National Parks Service

Black/African-American Genealogy Websites contains over seventy genealogy websites and their links useful for searching African-American family histories.

In Those Days : African-American Life Near the Savannah is a website with oral histories from elderly African-Americans in Elbert County, Georgia, and Abbeville County., South Carolina. Sponsored by the National Parks Services.

King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation Researchs, collects, interprets and presents African-American history and culture through exhibits, art, films, lectures, oral history, tours and publication.

W.W. Law Foundation exists for the sole purpose of supporting the continuation of the work of Savannah civil rights activist, W.W. Law. The Foundation supports the operation of the W.W. Law Research and Preservation Center.

Tubmann African-American Museum Visit this museum in Macon, Georgia with exhibits dedicated in honor of Harriet Tubman.

A Work In Progress From the Savannah Morning News website, a chronological history of African- American politicians in Chatham and surrounding counties. Published 2/17/2007.

Genealogy

Africana Heritage Project Sponsored by the University of South Florida, provides African- American genealogy and history resources and databases.

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database "has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history."


Burial Records

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This is a database of known burials in the following Savannah cemeteries: Bonaventure, Greenwich, Colonial Park, Laurel Grove North, and Laurel Grove South Cemeteries. Search Them Here


Genealogy Resources

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1940 Census Archives
Since the 1940 Census has not been indexed at this time, researchers can use the Unified 1940 Census ED Finder to locate the enumeration district which the family/individual resided in that year. Researchers can key in the state and city to find the enumeration district. If the city is listed, then the district can be located by street address; or by keying in a city/town name with the "other" option, all enumeration districts for that location will be included. Clicking on the enumeration number will then display from the Census the persons in that area.


AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general.

Africana Heritage Project, sponsored by the University of South Florida, provides African- American genealogy and history resources and databases.

Ancestry Library Edition is an extremely valuable resource for locating genealogical information. For in-library only. Database not available from locations outside the library.

Big List of Genealogy Links is a quick reference to genealogy databases offered through the Internet.

Black/African-American Genealogy Websites contains over seventy genealogy websites and their links useful for searching African-American family histories.

CastleGarden offers a free website for researching pre-Ellis Island immigrants who came to the United States from 1830 through 1892.

Census Research Materials at Bull Street available in the Kaye Kole Genealogy and Local History Room.

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System database includes millions of records for both Confederate and Union soldiers and sailors.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites is a popular resource containing myriad Internet links to genealogy websites.

Ellis Island Port of New York Passenger Records is a valuable website to find your immigrant ancestors arriving through the port from 1882-1924.

FamilySearch has billions of free family tree, family history, ancestry, genealogy and census records.

Find a Grave contains grave records of over 23 million individuals. Cemeteries are searchable by name and location.

GenForum is a website created to assist researchers in meeting others based on surname, geography or ethnic group interests.

Geographic Names Index (Domestic) contains information about physical and cultural geographic features of all types in the United States, associated areas, and Antarctica, current and historical, but not including roads and highways. From US Board on Geographic Names.

Georgia Historical Society was chartered by the Georgia General Assembly in 1839 and is a private, non-profit organization that serves as the historical society for the people of Georgia.

Georgia State Archives primarily houses official state government records and a significant collection of local government records dating from 1733 to the present.

Geostat Center provides a historical browser that gives the user the types of data collected during the decennial census from 1790-1960.

HeritageQuest Online™
combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.

National Archives Databases Genealogy and Personal History databases available through the National Archives. Includes access to records such as "Passengers Who Arrived at the Port of New York During the Irish Famine", "World War II Army Enlistment Records 1938-1946", "Immigration of Germans to the United States 1850-1897".

National Archives-Southeast Branch serving the states of Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee, has an extensive collection of microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research and general historical interest.

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies Complete images from the U.S. War Department's War of the Rebellion set as produced by Cornell University. Entries are searchable.

Roots Web is the Internet's oldest and largest FREE genealogical community

Savannah Morning News Obituaries Index is brought to you by the librarians and volunteers of Live Oak Public Libraries. This online index covers 1911-1926 and 1987-1996.

South Carolina Obituaries and Death Notices is a website is to help South Carolina family historians search for obituaries and death notices online.

Trace Indian Ancestry , a US Department of Interior website, will help determine if you are eligible for membership in a federally recognized tribe. In addition there is contact information for various tribes. The individual tribes set tribal enrollment own their requirements. Additional information on tracing American Indian and Alaska Native ancestry can be found.

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database "has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history."

USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.