To discover your African American ancestors online, you can access ProQuest’s African American Heritage database while visiting the Genealogy Center. The database is divided into four categories: Search the Collections, Visit the AfriGeneas™ Community, Explore Black Genesis, and Consult Reference and How-to’s.
Search the Collections focuses your search on African American ancestors in the 1860-1930 Census, 1865-1874 Freedman’s Bank Records, and World War I and II Draft Registration Cards.
Visit the AfriGeneas™ Community searches the AfriGeneas website for census, marriage, death, and slave records.
Explore Black Genesis, a State-by-State Resource Guide by Dr. James M. Rose and Dr. Alice Eichholz provides information on records and repositories for African American resources available within the United States, Canada, and the West Indies.
Consult Reference and How-to’s searches books on African American research methods.