Researching African American Ancestry Just Got Easier

In observance of Black History Month, genealogy website Fold3 is opening up its Black History Collection for free access during the month of February, including more than a million photos and documents found nowhere else on the Internet.

The list includes collections from the slavery era, Civil War, Reconstruction, world wars, and the Civil Rights Movement.

You’ll need to sign up for a free Fold3 account (or log in if you already have an account) to access the records for free. Start searching Fold3’s Black History Collection here.

Another genealogy website, Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau, helps find African-American ancestors’ Freedmen’s Bureau and Freedman’s Bank Records after the Civil War. Free access is available from any computer and is not limited to this month. We also have a direct link on our computers in the Local History & Genealogy Division.

Whether you are your family’s historian or simply interested in American history, there is much to discover with these two new resources. Happy researching!

Freedmen's Bureau

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