Ethnic Groups

African American

AfriGeneas  African American genealogy, researching in the Americas, with a great “getting started” guide
American Slave Narratives  from the Federal Writers’ Project, with more than 2,300 interviews and photos of former slaves taken between 1936 and 1938 with first-hand accounts of their experiences
Black History Collection $ from Fold3 with Anti-Slavery Manuscripts, Civil War records, Amistad Federal Court records and much more
Cohabitation Registers – Virginia Memory Project  1866 registers by which formerly enslaved couples legitimized their pre-slavery marriages and children of unions that no longer existed in 1866 due to circumstances such as the wife being sold away
Digital Library on American Slavery  at the University of North Carolina, includes detailed information on about 150,000 people extracted from 18th and 19th century records
Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina and Free African Americans of Maryland and Delaware  Paul Heinegg’s published work on free African Americans online with about 2,000 pages of family histories based on colonial court order and minute books, free Negro registers, marriage bonds, census records and abstracted tax lists
The Freedmen’s Bureau Project NEW  nearly 1.8 million men, women and children are now searchable online.
Lowcountry Africana  African American genealogy in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia, and northeastern Florida, hosts a wealth of more unique record types including labor contracts, transportation requests, and field reports from the Freedmen’s Bureau, and 1868 voter registration records
Maryland State Archives – Legacy of Slavery in Maryland  with a searchable database, case studies and interactive maps
University of North Carolina Greensboro  with slave diaries and slave insurance policies


Avotaynu  Consolidated Jewish Surname Index
Avotaynu Online  Reviews of Jewish genealogy and family history and all articles from 2007 to 2011 published in the quarterly journal AVOTAYNU, the International Review of Jewish Genealogy
Jewish Family History Collection  Ancestry’s free collection of historical Jewish records
JewishGen  Jewish genealogy network with Family Finder database of 400,000 surnames and towns
Pre-World War II Jewish Life Images  Database from The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. with 9,000 images of Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe prior to World War II