The history of the free African American community as told through the family history of most African Americans who were free in the Southeast during the colonial period


The American Society of Genealogists' Donald Lines Jacobus Award


The North Carolina Genealogical Society Award of Excellence in Publishing

Two books you can read on-line containing about 2,000 pages of family histories based on all colonial court order and minute books on microfilm at the state archives of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Delaware (over 1000 volumes), 1790-1810 census records, tax lists, wills, deeds, free Negro registers, marriage bonds, parish registers, Revolutionary War pension files, etc. There are also another 5,000 pages of abstracted colonial tax lists, Virginia personal property tax lists, census records, etc., under "Colonial Tax Lists..."

Paul Heinegg

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Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina
Foreword by historian Ira Berlin

latest updates, November 2014: Nickens; January 2015: Bates, Bowden, Campbell, Chambers, De Baptist, Gowen, Hill, Howard, Locust/ Lucas, Redman, Rollins, Tate.

Maryland and Delaware

Colonial Tax Lists, Virginia personal property tax lists, Census, and Court Records for Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennesse and Virginia

19th century photos of free African American and Indian families

List of Indian Slaves, Free Indians, and Free African Americans identified in Colonial Records Without Last Names

Service in the Revolutionary War

Recent updates:

April 2012: Norfolk County Register of Free Negroes & Mulattoes 1809-1852

December 2011: Nelson County Personal Property Tax Arnold family

October 2011: List of Free Negroes & Mulattoes in the lower district of Lunenburg County, 1802-1803 (Library of Virginia)

Free and American, A study of Eleven Illinois Families of Colour, by Darrel Dexter (Updated November 2004)

Tennessee & Indiana
The Lyles Family by Arlene B. Polk

Virginia Slaves Freed After 1782

East Indians in Colonial Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina

Slaves named in colonial Halifax County, North Carolina, and King George County, Virginia wills

Hard copies of Free African Americans of Maryland and Delaware and Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina can be purchased from the publisher:

Link to order book on North Carolina and Virginia from Genealogical Publishing

book on Maryland and Delaware

or call 1-800-296-6687