African-American Project

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Surname/tag: African-American
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Categories: United States Projects | African-American Project | African-American History | Slavery, United States of America | Slavery, The Atlantic | African American One Name Studies.

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Our Mission

This project's aims are:

  • To collect in one place information and resources to assist in building and documenting African-American Genealogies.
  • 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.
  • To provide and maintain a logical and organized structure to and create a method to link Unconnected family trees In a way to help individuals identify and celebrate their history. It's incredibly difficult for most families to go back further than the Civil War, but that doesn't mean they can't connect to the tree laterally in modern times.

How to Join

It is extremely easy to join the project. Simply add your name to the list of members and post a message on the public comments. One of the project members will get back to you. Add 'African-American' to your followed tags. If you need help, just leave a comment on this page.


Leader: Sarah Heiney
Project Coordinator: Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz
John Bentley
Bill Debuque
Javelle (Blue) Fields
Nora (Johnson) Jenkins
Shira Destinie Jones Landrac
Patty LaPlante
Elisa Mayfield
Yvonne McCowan Gammell
Annette (Jones) Lockett
Alexis Ritter
John Schmeeckle
Ellen Smith
Aron Snyder
Vivian Tanniehill
Eric Weddington

Categories and Structure

Project Box

This project does not have a project box. We are currently a sub-project of the US History Project.


This project does not currently have any applicable stickers.

To Do List

  1. Populate geographical locations with census data from the first census, until say the 1850/1860 census, with all identified African American descendants.
  2. Many wills in America transferred slaves, so we need to place a general request out to Wiki researchers to create profiles to document their names, to include the responsible family
Current Free-Space Projects
Space: Asante's 100 Greatest African-Americans
Space: Inventors_and_Scientists_who_were_African-American
Space: Notable_African-American_Women
Space: Slavery, United States of America
Map of pre-colonial African civilizations
Revolutionary War Period African-Americans
Upcoming Tasks
  1. Create a page for African-American DNA research.
  2. Categorization
  3. Create a space for research requests
  4. Create a dedicated task list freespace
Started Tasks
  1. Connect profiles from Molefi Kete Asante's 100 Greatest African-Americans
  2. Fix Sojourner Truth's profile and review other existing profiles
  3. Connect Medal of Honor recipients (Buffalo Soldiers)

Joint Project Collaboration

One Name Studies

One Name Studies specific to African-American Families:

One Name Studies that include African Americans:


WikiTree Help Pages

African-American Profile Examples

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On 14 Mar 2018 at 13:33 GMT Karen (Lowe) Tobo wrote:

Hi folks! It looks like we’re moving away from using the state categories, right? Is there a G2G post or project discussion of a new plan? I did feel conflicted about using them.


On 26 Feb 2018 at 22:07 GMT Lance Martin wrote:

Sometimes I run across people that I am entering that are listed as black on the census. I would love to be able to put a background image which signifies them as African American. What do you think? It would help me as I have a lot of crossover on my family names and being able to see when I enter a profile to easily check the race.

On 18 Feb 2018 at 18:26 GMT Anon Snyder wrote:

Hi I would like to be a member of the Africanese Project. Thank you Jenny

On 7 Jan 2018 at 02:52 GMT Annette (Jones) Lockett wrote:

This sounds like the perfect page for me. I have drawn a blank on three sides of my family.

My grandfather who was born just at the end of the civil war and changed his name when he "escaped" from the south, leaving 2 sons behind.

My Great Grandfather who was brought to Texas supposedly from Alabama as a baby by an unknown person.

And by my great-great grandfather and mother who were supposed to have been a mixed couple; he Mulatto and she white, living in Louisiana, but supposedly from another state.

Hoping that this site will help find some of these answers.

On 1 Dec 2017 at 06:11 GMT Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz wrote:

Does anyone like the graphic for the project?

On 26 Nov 2017 at 03:45 GMT Alexis (Wilson) Ritter wrote:

Greetings! I am a direct descendent of slaves from Maryland and Virginia. Like most black folks, I’ve hit the dreaded Civil War Wall for a majority of my ancestors so I’m starting to research the slave owners. I would love to help others with their research and curate information that might be useful as folks dig into their own history!

On 24 Oct 2017 at 15:59 GMT Nora (Johnson) Jenkins wrote:

Hello, I would like to become a member of the African-American Project. African American Descendent of British and African Binfords and Wkyes many of whom were original Quakers with first issuances of land in Virginia.

On 18 Oct 2017 at 20:15 GMT John Schmeeckle wrote:

I'd like to grow the tree of Benson Wright Nevels-64. He was a soldier in World War I, and his son was a soldier in World War II. Both are ancestors of one of my nieces.

On 15 Aug 2017 at 15:38 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:


I see you also posted in G2G asking for volunteers; would you like to be the coordinator for this US History sub-project? We'd love to have you!


On 15 Aug 2017 at 15:20 GMT Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz wrote:

I added a list of African-American "firsts" from Wikipedia to the "African America Firsts" space. Most of these people have no profiles at all.

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