Genealogy Resources

Margaret (Gardner) Slade

Introduction | Surnames | DNA Test Results | Profile | Genealogy Resources

Getting Started

Genealogy: How to Get Started

DNA Testing
“The first and only genetic service available directly to you that includes reports that meet FDA standards for being clinically and scientifically valid…Receive an overview of your DNA – your 23 pairs of chromosomes – through detailed reports, tools and more.”

African Ancestry
“African Ancestry uses DNA to trace ancestry of maternal and paternal lineages. We specialize in reconnecting people to their lost ancestral histories. We are the only company that can tell a person the present-day country(ies) in Africa with which he or she shares ancestry. ”

AncestryDNA (
“Uncover your ethnic mix, discover distant relatives, and find new details about your unique family history with a simple DNA test….With more than 1.2 million people now in our database and the unique ability to connect with Ancestry’s billions of historical records and millions of family trees, AncestryDNA can help deliver the richest family stories—and solve the toughest family mysteries.”

Family Tree DNA
“Family Tree DNA is the world leader and only organization in the field of Genetic Genealogy that has been constantly developing the science that enables many genealogists around the world to advance their families’ research.”

TV Shows

African American Lives
“Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr… African American Lives, is an unprecedented four-part PBS series, takes Alex Haley’s Roots saga to a whole new level through moving stories of personal discovery.”

Who Do You Think You Are?


African Heritage Project
“The USF Africana Heritage Project is an all-volunteer research project and website sponsored by the Africana Studies department at the University of South Florida… Access to all of the content on this website is, and always will be, 100% free.”

African American Cemetaries Online
“Cemeteries often contain genealogical information that can’t be found anywhere else. As such, they provide crucial information and clues for further research for the African American genealogist.”

“AfriGeneas provides resources, leadership, promotion and advocacy for the mutual development and use of a system of genealogy for researching African related ancestry. ”
Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more. Build your family tree for free.
I’ve been doing genealogy research for over 10 years and Christine’s Genealogy Website was one of the first websites I used that was dedicated to African Americans.

Cyndi’s List
1996-2007: Your genealogy starting point online for more than a decade!

Freedmen’s Bureau Online
“The bureau records were created or maintained by bureau headquarters, the assistant commissioners and the state superintendents of education and included personnel records and a variety of standard reports concerning bureau programs and conditions in the states.”

National Archives: Genealogists/Family Historians
“The National Archives offers insight into the lives of people, their families and our history. Because the records at the National Archives come from every branch of the Federal government, almost all Americans can find themselves, their ancestors, or their community in the archives. Knowing how a person interacted with the government is key to a successful search.”

Genographic Project
“The National Geographic Society, IBM, geneticist Spencer Wells, and the Waitt Family Foundation have launched the Genographic Project, a five-year effort to understand the human journey—where we came from and how we got to where we live today. This unprecedented effort will map humanity’s genetic journey through the ages.”

The USGenWeb Project
“The USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.”