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African American Family History: Record Types

Key Record Collections

How to Trace Your Ancestors as Slaves

Do you descend from people who were formerly enslaved in the U.S.? Are you not sure how to how to find them before the 1870 Census or are you stuck and not sure where to go next? Check out this video which can help you trace your ancestors. 

Professional Genealogist and Black ProGen LIVE host Nicka Smith explains why the following collections are so critical to researching your formerly enslaved ancestors: Civil War pensions, the 1870 U.S. Census, deeds, probate files, and Freedmen's Bureau records.

Source: Nicka Sewell-Smith on YouTube