The SCGenWeb TM Project
African American Research
Please note that while we cannot do research,
we hope to provide assistance, through data and links, to African Americans with roots in
If you are just beginning to research your family's history, please know that
it is always important in doing genealogical research to start with what you know,
work backwards in time, and DOCUMENT your sources. You will never regret the time you take
to write down "where" you found information!
- ONLINE DATA FOR SOUTH CAROLINA:
- Diary of David Gavin
Mr. Gavin was an attorney in St. George's Parish (modern Dorchester County), who maintained almost a
daily journal from 1855 until his death in 1874. In his diary he recorded
information about people and events of "Lowcountry" SC. This source contains much slave data; Mr. Gavin attended
every slave sale in the area, so there is a large index of slave names.
- African-American Genealogies
Data for Allendale County
- African Americans
in the South Carolina Room
Rich resource for Anderson, Clarendon, Greenville, Kershaw, Orangeburg, Richland,
Sumter, Union and Williamsburg Counties
- The Afrigeneas Slave
an excellent resource for African American
Genealogy is Afrigeneas. The URL is www.afrigeneas.com. They have a section
for the collection of slave data for all states - even with recommended
formats and an online form.
- Avery Research Center
"The Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture of the College of
Charleston is an archives and small museum that has been established to document, preserve
and make public the unique historical and cultural heritage of South Carolina Low Country
If you have ancestors from Charleston, don't miss this site.
- How to Research African American
Help for beginners.
- First Person
Narratives of the American South
documents the American
South from the viewpoint of Southerners. It focuses on the diaries,
autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives of
relatively inaccessible populations: women, African Americans, enlisted
men, laborers, and Native Americans. The texts for this project come
from the Academic Affairs Library of the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, and the Editorial Board for Documenting the American South
guides its development.
- Free African
Americans of North Carolina and Virginia
Lists numerous free slaves throughout various
counties in North Carolina and Virginia. Provides in-depth explanation of information.
African Americans of Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland,
Researcher Paul Heinegg lists numerous free slaves throughout
various counties in North Carolina and Virginia.
Slaves brought into Brunswick County, Virginia, from North and
South Carolina, 1780 -1781
- RESOURCES AND DATA COVERING ALL STATES:
Black Slave Owners.
(Yes, that's right; there were Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina.)
Explores little-known history of black slave holding. 286 pages.
Slave narratives from Georgetown County, South Carolina.
Ten interviews with ex-slaves from the rice planting section
of Georgetown. By Christopher C. Boyle, edited by James A. Fitch.
When Roots Die: Endangered Traditions on the Sea Islands.
The author explores the changing lifestyle of African Americans
on the Sea Island of South Carolina and Georgia. By Patricia
Jones-Jackson, forward by Charles W. Joyner. 189 pages.
The water brought us: The story of the Gullah speaking people.
By Muriel Miller branch. 106 pages.
My folks don't want me to talk about slavery. Narratives
by former North Carolina slaves. Edited from remarkable interviews
sponsored by the Federal Writer's Project during the 1930s. By
Belinda Hurmence. 103 pages.
Before freedom. Narratives by former South Carolina slaves.
Edited by Belinda Hurmence.
We lived in a cabin in the yard. Narratives by Virginia
slaves. Edited by Belinda Hurmence. 103 pages.
Rice and Slaves: Ethnicity and the slave trade in Colonial
South Carolina. Daniel C. Littlefield explores the slave
trade through shipping records and other sources to explain why
certain African tribes were more valuable to the American Colonists
than other tribes. 199 pages.
Back of the Big House: The architecture of plantation slavery.
A study of the structures on the plantations that are often
overlooked. The work includes both blueprints and pictures of
mills, icehouses, dairies, kitchens, slave cabins and much more.
By John Michael Vlack. 290 pages.
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