Project: US Black Heritage

Categories: United States Projects | US Black Heritage Project | African-American History | United States of America, Slavery | African American Name Studies


The Heritage Exchange Program is a collaboration between descendants of slave owners, descendants of those enslaved and the US Black Heritage Project in order to document those who were enslaved. The goal is to build family trees which connect enslaved ancestors to their descendants. To learn more about this program and to see the help pages for how to document slave owners and slaves, please see the Heritage Exchange Portal.
We sponsor a monthly challenge to add new Black American profiles to WikiTree. The goal is to document families and connect more people to their ancestors. For more information and how to join, see USBH Connecting Challenge.
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Our Mission

This project is a sub-project of the United States Project and the Global Black Heritage Project.

  • To collect in one place information and resources to assist in building and documenting African-American Genealogies.
  • To create the largest online public database of connected African-American family.
  • To bring together WikiTreers interested in connecting African-American families to the Global Family Tree.
  • To improve the profiles of the people who emigrated and the people who were forced to emigrate from Africa to North America, specifically the United States, as well as improving profiles of their descendants.
  • To provide and maintain a logical and organized structure to help individuals identify their ancestors and celebrate their history.

Membership Requirements

Requirements for joining:

  • Have Family Member level membership and sign the Honor Code
  • Read the 3 very important pages linked at the top of the Welcome Mat
  • Complete the New Member Form
  • Declare what you would like to work on within the project

Once you join we ask you to:

  • Enter one of the US Black Heritage PATH tracks and work to complete it.
  • Join at least one project team and make at least one contribution towards the project's goals every six months
  • Join the project's Google Discussion Group
  • Respond to the six-monthly check-in and to your team leader/coordinator
  • Add black_heritage to the tags you follow to keep up with project posts

How to Join

It is extremely easy to join the project. Answer this post, telling us which team(s) you would like to be a part of. Add black_heritage to your followed tags to stay up to date with project posts. Our membership coordinator will contact you.

Project Stats

We regularly track the progress of the project. See our Stats page for the numbers over time.

  • Total project profiles through 27 June 2021: 31,407

Contact Us

Email Your Info

If you or a friend would like to send us documentation or other information about an enslaved ancestor, just email: wikitrees-usbh-exchange at - replace the at with @

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