African American Gateway

African-American Roots

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy (includes searchable database)

Bitter Sweet | Linked through Slavery: a working group of bloggers who are members of the non-profit group Coming to the Table.

Book of Negroes

Digital Library on American Slavery (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Documenting the Enslaved (an educational video from
An example of how I use those tips in my own family tree.

Free African Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware

Georgetown Memory Project

Lost Friends Database advertisements of advertisements from the Southwestern Christian Advocate placed by former slaves searching for loved ones after emancipation

Low Country Africana, South Carolina Slaveholders and Genealogy, A-M

Low Country Africana, South Carolina Slaveholders and Genealogy, N-Z

National Archives of the Netherlands Index of Enslaved People

National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans

Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers Project, 1936-1938
(contains 2,300 first-person accounts and photographs)

Slavery in East Tennessee -- a guide to records and transcriptions of records with named slaves

Slaves Owned by Descendants of George Washington

Texas Slave Narratives -- Genealogy Trails

Unknown No Longer -- Virginia Historical Society

Virginia Untold -- Finding aids for documents related to slaves maintained by the Library of Virginia

West Virginia Memories, A-M (articles about slavery and former slaves)

West Virginia Memories, N-Z


  1. Slaves associated with members of the Yancey Family (mainly Southern US)


  2. Slaves owned by William Childress of Leon County, Texas

    Probate E/382-83-84 (This is an old copy—The date was not clear, but since all the other paper work was filed in 1854 I have to assume this one was also.);

    October term, (1854) .....
    Inventory of the property of Wm. Childress (deceased)....

    Negroes———To Wit———

    Gabriel 45 years old $800
    Sarah 40 700
    Fanny 40 650
    Isaac 23 1100
    Edmond 23 1100
    Adam 19 900
    Phill 10 600
    Cindy 10 500
    Adaline 15 800
    Joe 6 400
    Andy 6 350
    Allen 4 300
    Daniel 4 300
    Jef 2 175

    ** ( Next follows where his land was. It is unclear whether or which of any slaves lived on any of these properties, but they may be on different slave schedules in different counties,)

    800 acres of land including home (in Leon County)
    Land in Ellis County 426 acres
    2 lots in Cairo on Trinity River

  3. Enslaved: James. Estr, Nancy, Viney, Charles, Aubrae, Nelson, Luceay, Sam, Mavy, Moses, Deliah, Washington, Lucreatia
    Slave owner: Isaiah Fuller
    Source: estate inventory
    Date % Place: 1827, Person County, North Carolina, USA

    Kendell Lewis