Welcome to AfricanAmericanAncestors.org, a Web portal from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Genealogy is not for the faint at heart, it requires patience, perseverance and prayer. The journey and its rewards are worth it. Genealogy is important for everyone not just African Americans, it allows you to uncover your history, to discover your ancestors and understand their legacy. It also helps you determine what type of legacy you want to leave for your descendants, your children, your cousins, your siblings. Whether your family was free or slaves your history is not lost, it will just take some additional detective work to find your roots.
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Free Negro Heads of Families in the United States in 1830
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People of Color in the Massachusetts State Census, 1855-1865
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New England Historical and Genealogical Register
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19th Century U.S. Newspapers
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President Obama Obama Ancestry
Learn more about President Obama’s interesting ancestors and kinships. More here >


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African American Resources at NEHGS

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Featured Exhibit
Kansas Regiment 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Regiment, 1863-1865
Pages from the original account book of Capt. Ethan Earle of Boston, commander of the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Regiment Company.
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