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African American Family Histories and Genealogies: A Resource Guide

The Library of Congress collections include a wide variety of family histories, genealogies, and electronic resources useful when researching the African American experience. This guide provides alphabetical and subject indexes to these materials.


The Library of Congress has a large collection of published family histories pertaining to African Americans. This guide is a selected alphabetical listing of these family histories and other subjects relating to the African American experience in America. Among the subjects covered are abolitionists, American Loyalists, and revolutionaries to masters and slaves, freedmen, Civil War soldiers, and Cherokee Indians. In addition to published genealogies, the researcher will find references to handbooks on planning family reunions, abstracts of newspaper notices, and even some abstracts of funeral programs.

Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform with wife and two daughters. Between 1863 and 1865. Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.