African American Heritage

Discover your unique personal history.

Bring to light your family history through census records, vital records, freedman and slave records, church records, legal records and more.

  • Meet the family firsthand with millions of unique primary sources.
  • Connect to a community of research experts and mentors.
  • Tackle the unique challenges of genealogy resulting from slavery and the changing legal status of African Americans.

What You Get

  • Birth, marriage, co-habitation & death records
  • Freedman's Bank records
  • Military records
  • Slave and free(d) persons of color registers
  • AfriGeneas website
  • Black Genesis (digital, full-text book)
  • Family history books
  • and more...

Discover the history of you. Start searching today. You never know who you'll run into.

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