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ProQuest African American Heritage: AfriGeneas website

A guide to all aspects of the ProQuest African American Heritage database.

About the AfriGeneas website

A ProQuest partner, AfriGeneas is a social networking site that connects people to a community of researchers devoted to African American genealogy and history.

AfriGeneas is the essential resource for anyone conducting African American or African Ancestored genealogical research. Launched in 1996 and staffed entirely by volunteers, the site provides forums, chats, mailing lists, and searchable access to thousands of slave, census, death, and other records loaded by staffers and site visitors. Expert advice is always just an email or chat away. ProQuest is proud to partner with AfriGeneas.

Visit the AfriGeneas homepage via the ProQuest African American Heritage database, or use the links below to explore featured areas.

Just a few of the research options available via the AfriGeneas website are:

  • Most Recent Posts - Check out the most recent posts to the AfriGeneas message boards.
  • Surnames Data - Search and view over 50,000 user-submitted surname (last name) records.
  • Family Reunions - Discover how you can plan a successful family reunion, and learn how to start or add to your family tree.
  • Marriage Data - Search our marriage records database, using either a bride's or a groom's name.
  • Death Data - Explore African American obituaries, funeral programs, and cemetery records.
  • Beginner's Guide - Learn the basics of conducting African American genealogical research on the Web.