African-American Genealogical Resources at the Newberry Library

Located at: 60 West Walton, Chicago, IL

Services:

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Good Collection of Southern records, examples include:

South Carolina Holdings

Mississippi Holdings

Published transcripts or abstracts of antebellum records which contain slave information

Details on slaveowning families

Census, printed census indexes, and soundex indexes

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Examples of some Microform Records

Complete set of microfilmed assistant commissioners' records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen's Bureau") - Mississippi's collection is especially good


Alabama

Arkansas

District of Columbia

Georgia

Mississippi

North Carolina

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Microfilmed records of Freedmen's Savings and Trust, a bank set up by the US government for emancipated slaves

Microfilmed index of Civil War and Service records - approx. 170,000 African-Americans served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) - pension files and service records available through the National Archives - the Newberry has comprehensive holding of state adjutant general reports

Microfilm series - Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, series A-I