This page will serve as a guide to resources held at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture as well as general information that will helpful for genealogists. The Avery Research Center's staff does not do genealogy research for patrons. Additionally, we do not recommend a particular genealogist.
For a full listing of our collections please see here https://avery.cofc.edu/archives/collection_list.php
For a listing of our digital collections please see here https://lcdl.library.cofc.edu/institution/avery-research-center/
Here are a few steps to get you started
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History in collaboration with Archival Alchemy® presents, The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling. This national program aims to demonstrate how oral storytelling, genealogy, and familial archiving can serve as a return and a way forward. We want to empower individuals to reunite with their families to uncover more about themselves, and to uplift the ordinary and extraordinary folx within their unique heritage. The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling includes pre-recorded workshops and Q&A sessions, as well as panel discussions. This program highlights the legacy of Black family reunions by encouraging families of all backgrounds to build and renew their own familial traditions and stories.
This programming is sponsored by New York Life.
Below is a playlist of the videos
Are you new to African American genealogy and family history? Are you having a hard time sifting through all the noise online? Here's a quick video to help you escape some of the most common misconceptions about this line of research and how you can start to more accurately tell our stories.
These resources may be at the Avery Research Center or at Addlestone Library.
If you cannot get to the location where your ancestors lived or you have hit a road block, it may be good to connect with a professional and certified genealogist.