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

Winner: The American Society of Genealogists' Donald Lines Jacobus Award and The North Carolina Genealogical Society Award of Excellence in Publishing

Three books you can read on-line containing about 2,700 pages of over 1,000 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 1,000 volumes), 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, etc., under "Colonial Tax Lists..." Send questions, comments and requests for genealgocial research to

Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina (latest updates): 1:/1/21: Lawrence, Flood, Banks, Cousins, Gallimore, Hicks, Toney, Spinner; March and April 2021 updated most families; 5/27: Case, George, Perkins. 6/4/2022: Locust.
Foreword by historian Ira Berlin

Maryland and Delaware (latest update 10/2021 Lett, Banneker)

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Colonial Tax Lists, Virginia personal property tax lists, Census, and Court Records for Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennesse and Virginia  Includes a list of taxable free persons of color in Virginia from 1782 to about 1820. Latest Updates: Fairfax County, Norfolk City and Orange County personal protperty tax lists

Service in the Revolutionary War Updated March 20, 2021 Richard Spinner, Thomas Garnes

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

Virginia Slaves Freed After 1782

Northampton County, North Carolina, after Emancipation

East Indians in Colonial Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina

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

Illinois 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

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 books on North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the Revolutionary War  from Genealogical Publishing

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