February is Black History Month and the Genealogy Center can be your “gateway” to many resources for African American genealogy research.
In conjunction with the International Black Genealogy Summit held here in October 2009, the Genealogy Center unveiled the African American Gateway
, a collection of thousands of Internet links for African American research grouped by state, coupled with bibliographical notes for books and films in the Center’s collection.
Specific to the Hoosier state is Indiana’s African American Settlements
, a database of more than 7,000 names of individuals who lived in the communities settled by free and formerly enslaved African Americans who moved north into Indiana in large numbers from the 1830s to the 1870s. Digital photos and record images are linked to some of these individuals.
Those with Allen County, Indiana, roots will want to check the African-American Resources
available in the Ethnic Resources category on the Genealogy Center’s website
. Included are extracts from birth, marriage and death records, the federal census, city directories and World War I draft registration cards.
All of these resources are updated regularly, so check back often for new material!
Several of the large subscription databases include African American research collections. For most of these, ...