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Genealogy Help

Need Help? Do not know where to start or end? Hit a research plateau? I have included a few sites below I have found helpful in my research. 

The information below does NOT belong to TNAAG. The information belongs to the Sites and resources listed on those sites.

"History is people's memory and without a memory, man is demoted to the level of lower animals."

--- Malcolm X


Southern Claims Commission

This is a list of people who filed claims from 1871-1873. This is a list of people who claimed their property had been taken for military use during the Civil War. These records hold extraordinary amounts of personal information, including: names and ages of former slaves and owners, their places of residence, wills, plantation information, slave manumissions, slave's personal property, living conditions etc. of free blacks... the list goes on and the information is invaluable!

This is a free site.


Slave Schedules 

Most slave schedules do not list names of slaves. They list the owners name, age, sex and color. If you know the area you are researching and a general history of the slave holding families, it is worth a try! Or you can just enter the last name you are researching and see what you get! 





Tennessee Colored Pension Applications for CSA Service

"The purpose of this website is to provide the names of African-Americans, mostly former slaves, who applied for pensions in Tennessee claiming to have served with the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. The names were compiled by John V. Brogden using sources at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, Tennessee. Additional research has been done by the webmaster."    ---direct quote from website

This is a free site.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This is a site that has over 100 years of collecting and preserving research. They are pioneers in the field. This site is excellent for beginngers! Much of the information on the sites that charge originated from the LDS!

This is a free site.


Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System

This site allows you to search names and regimental histories of the Union and Confederate Army's. This site also allows you to link to Battle information and National Park information.

This is a free site.


The Freedman's Bureau Website

 This site contains records on labor contracts, apprenticeships, marriages, riot information, crime, land issues... The records are from 1865-1869.

Tennessee African American Griots State Coordinator: Amy Batton