Researching African Americans is notoriously difficult, especially when researching ancestors that were enslaved. Families were often broken up and scattered to the wind with little regard to how the family members felt. Records, when they exist, are generally sparse, offering little information other than the individual's name, age and position.
AfriGeneas is one free genealogy resource that can help with your research. The site offers tips on finding African American ancestors, forums and chat to talk to others, state and world resources, photos, and several databases.
The databases include census records, library records, death records, marriage records, slave data and surnames. Material found in the databases has been submitted by site visitors. If you have information not found in the databases, feel free to contribute. The more information available about our enslaved ancestors, the better chance we have in researching them.