28 January 2013

Free Access in Celebration of Black History Month

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February is a month-long celebration of Black History.

As NGS becomes aware of free access to record groups of interest to those researching African-American history, neat resources to aid in such research or anything that crosses our desk and seems to have relevance, we’ll post that information here.  

We heard the following from Fold3 ...


Fold3 is proud to announce Free access to our Black History Collection in honor of Black History Month. This collection includes many enlightening historical records documenting African American achievements since the earliest days of our nation, and will be available the entire month of February.

As soon as black soldiers were recruited to serve the Union in 1863, records were generated to document their service including Compiled Service Records for the U.S. Colored Troops and, ultimately, pension files...

Southern Claims Commission files are petitions by southerners who lost property to Union troops during the Civil War, including many blacks ...



Do you know of a free (whether temporarily so or not) or an interesting resource that those researching African-American ancestors should know about?

Have you had a recent success in breaking down an African-American ancestor’s brick wall?



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