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QI have deed and will records, but they list first names only. Are these the kinds of records you are seeking, and are they helpful if they list first names only?

Yes, that is exactly the kind of documents we are seeking!

It is true that so many documents list first names only. Happily, family oral history and public records such as Freedmen's Bureau records can bridge the divide between records with surnames and slavery-era records that list first names only. Many African American families know at least some details about enslaved ancestors. You never know what detail may provide leads or open doors to new research avenues. A record you share may be just the one that links you with lost relatives, or connects another family with their heritage.


QI have deed and will records, but they list first names only. Are these the kinds of records you are seeking, and are they helpful if they list first names only?

Yes, that is exactly the kind of documents we are seeking!

It is true that so many documents list first names only. Happily, family oral history and public records such as Freedmen's Bureau records can bridge the divide between records with surnames and slavery-era records that list first names only. Many African American families know at least some details about enslaved ancestors. You never know what detail may provide leads or open doors to new research avenues. A record you share may be just the one that links you with lost relatives, or connects another family with their heritage.


QAre there any records that you find especially useful?

Any records that name slaves, freedmen or free African Americans are helpful.

Wills, probates and deeds are indispensable to our research, as they contain a wealth of information, and often, even document family relationships of the persons mentioned.

Please do share any such records you have, or may run across!


QAre there any records that you find especially useful?

Any records that name slaves, freedmen or free African Americans are helpful.

Wills, probates and deeds are indispensable to our research, as they contain a wealth of information, and often, even document family relationships of the persons mentioned.

Please do share any such records you have, or may run across!


QHow do I submit records? Is there a particular format that you would like records submitted in?

We can work with just about any format, so please do what is most convenient for you.

- Our flexible submission form will accept pictures, transcriptions, or scanned images.

- You may email records to us at info@africanaheritage.com.

- You may also mail photocopies, if the records you wish to share are not on your computer. Every single record is important to us!

- Our mailing address is:

USF Africana Heritage Project
Africana Studies Dept.
FAO 270
4202 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL. 33620


QHow do I submit records? Is there a particular format that you would like records submitted in?

We can work with just about any format, so please do what is most convenient for you.

- Our flexible submission form will accept pictures, transcriptions, or scanned images.

- You may email records to us at info@africanaheritage.com.

- You may also mail photocopies, if the records you wish to share are not on your computer. Every single record is important to us!

- Our mailing address is:

USF Africana Heritage Project
Africana Studies Dept.
FAO 270
4202 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL. 33620


QAre there any records that you especially need?

We have a great need for 1867/1868 voter registration lists, as these are some of the few records that document freedpersons before the 1870 census.

Early church records are also hidden treasures that document slaves and freedpersons before 1870.

Freedmen's Bureau records also provide key pieces to the puzzle of African American family research.


QAre there any records that you especially need?

We have a great need for 1867/1868 voter registration lists, as these are some of the few records that document freedpersons before the 1870 census.

Early church records are also hidden treasures that document slaves and freedpersons before 1870.

Freedmen's Bureau records also provide key pieces to the puzzle of African American family research.


QHow can I help?

Our volunteers participate at a variety of levels.

- Got a few hours? Gather some records at your local library.

- Got a few days? Gather pre-1930 church records in your community.

- Got a calling? Contact us! We'll get you involved! We cherish our volunteers!


QHow can I help?

Our volunteers participate at a variety of levels.

- Got a few hours? Gather some records at your local library.

- Got a few days? Gather pre-1930 church records in your community.

- Got a calling? Contact us! We'll get you involved! We cherish our volunteers!


QWhere can I submit queries about my family research?

To submit queries, seek research help from other readers, or connect with other researchers, please visit our Message Board.

QWhere can I submit queries about my family research?

To submit queries, seek research help from other readers, or connect with other researchers, please visit our Message Board.

QHow can I share and preserve my family story? Where can I read family stories readers have shared?

Our Share Family Stories page is where you can submit your family story, or read family stories other folks have shared.

QHow can I share and preserve my family story? Where can I read family stories readers have shared?

Our Share Family Stories page is where you can submit your family story, or read family stories other folks have shared.

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