Home | 

Contact  Us | Search |

 
 

Addresses
African American
Books
Cemeteries
Census
Churches
City / Towns
Civil Records
Contact Us
Court House Fire
Deaths
F.A.Q.
First Families
Libraries
Military
Newton History
Photo Gallery
Resources
Schools
Search
Surnames
Submissions
What's New

African American Related Links

Medgar Evers

 

The Dred Scott Case

 

 

American Slave Narratives

From 1936 to 1938, over 2,300 former slaves from across the American South were interviewed by writers and journalists under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. These former slaves, most born in the last years of the slave regime or during the Civil War, provided first-hand accounts of their experiences on plantations, in cities, and on small farms. Their narratives remain a peerless resource for understanding the lives of America's four million slaves. What makes the WPA narratives so rich is that they capture the very voices of American slavery, revealing the texture of life as it was experienced and remembered. Each narrative taken alone offers a fragmentary, microcosmic representation of slave life. Read together, they offer a sweeping composite view of slavery in North America, allowing us to explore some of the most compelling themes of nineteenth-century slavery, including labor, resistance and flight, family life, relations with masters, and religious belief.

This web site provides an opportunity to read a sample of these narratives, and to see some of the photographs taken at the time of the interviews. The entire collection of narratives can be found in George P. Rawick, ed., The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1972-79).

 

American Slave Narratives

North American Slave Narratives

 

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938

 

 

American Colonization Society

Records and photographs of the American Colonization Society

 

Slave Archival Collection

 

African Ancestry

African Ancestry is an established genetic genealogy company, headquartered in Washington, DC. Started in 2002, co-founders, Gina Paige and Dr. Rick Kittles, have created a vehicle to enable people of African descent to trace their ancestry back to their present-day African country of origin by analyzing their DNA.

 

Christine Charity's Website

Researching African-American ancestors

 

Freedmen's Bureau Records

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands

 

Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States

 

 

Registers of Marriages of Freedmen

 

Freedman's Bank Records

 

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Free searching in the following areas

Ancestral File

1880 Census

International Genealogical Index

Pedigree Resource File

US Social Security Death Index

Vital Records Index

Search Family History Web Sites

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 

NARA's African American Research page

The National Archives offers insight into the lives of people, their families and our history. Because the records at the National Archives come from every branch of the Federal government, almost all Americans can find themselves, their ancestors, or their community in the archives. Knowing how a person interacted with the government is key to a successful search.

 

African American Resources

Raquel Thiebes' Slave and Plantation Research has some great hints to get started with your research.

MSGenWeb has an African American Resources page.

 

The 7 principles of Kwanzaa

 

 

 


Home | Addresses | African American | Books | Cemeteries | Census | Churches | City / Towns | Civil Records | Contact Us | Court House Fire | Deaths | F.A.Q. | First Families | Libraries | Military | Newton History | Photo Gallery | Resources | Schools | Search | Surnames | Submissions | What's New

 

Site maintained by LeFloris Lyon - Copyright 2000-2009, All rights reserved

 

If you have questions or problems with this site, email the Web Master: LeFloris Lyon.

I am unable to do your personal research. I do not live in Newton County MS and do not have access to additional records.

 

For Submission or Information regarding this web site please direct to Webmaster.
Copyright 2009 . All rights reserved.
Last modified: 06/21/09.