African-American Research

Rockford Research | Vivian G. Harsh Collection | Newberry Library |Post Slavery Research

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Rockford Research
First African-American Churches in Rockford

Allen Chapel, 206 S. Winnebago St. Rockford, IL 61101, (815) 962-3725 - The only Black Church in Rockford until 1925. In the beginning, African-Americans of all denominations attended this church.

New Zion Missioary Baptist Church, 604 Wall Street, Rockford, IL (815) 964-3114

Pilgram Baptist Church, 1703 S. Central Ave., Rockford, IL (815) 968-4449

Bethel Baptist Church, 724 Harrison, Rockford, IL (815) 397-8775

Jefferson Horton American Legion Post - First and only African-American post in Rockford

African-American Newspaper at the Rockford Public Library - The Crusader

That Men Should Know So Little of Men by Barbara Chapman - a book about some of Rockford's earliest African-American settlers

Booker Washington Center, 524 Kent Street, Rockford, IL (815) 968-8861

Questions about African-Americans in Rockford - e-mail Johnella McIntoush

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Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection

Carter G. Woodson Regional Library
9525 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60628
(312) 747-6909

Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday -Saturday 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.


Periodical Collection Includes:

Microform Collection Includes:

Manuscript Collection Includes:

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African-American Genealogical Resources at the Newberry Library

Located at: 60 West Walton, Chicago, IL



Good Collection of Southern records, examples include:

South Carolina Holdings

Mississippi Holdings

Published transcripts or abstracts of antebellum records which contain slave information

Details on slaveowning families

Census, printed census indexes, and soundex indexes


Examples of some Microform Records

Complete set of microfilmed assistant commissioners' records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen's Bureau") - Mississippi's collection is especially good



District of Columbia



North Carolina

South Carolina




Microfilmed records of Freedmen's Savings and Trust, a bank set up by the US government for emancipated slaves

Microfilmed index of Civil War and Service records - approx. 170,000 African-Americans served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) - pension files and service records available through the National Archives - the Newberry has comprehensive holding of state adjutant general reports

Microfilm series - Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, series A-I

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Post-slavery research

IRAD Collection of Interest to African-American researchers - check Sourthern Illinois IRAD depositories

Southern Illinois Coal Mines - records between 1870 and 1930s - many African-Americans were hod carriers, hoisting engineers, general laborers, etc.

Miners Examining Board "Certificate of Competency"


Population Census at National Archives and the LDS Family History Center


Also check

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What's in the Chicago Defender Newspaper

Inception in 1906

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Additional Collection Locations and Suggestions

African-American Genealogy Collection at the Avalon Branch Library, 8828 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL

Allen County Public Library, 900 Webster Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 (Records include some of those previously mentioned; and, in addition, the Pennsylvania Abolition Society Papers, Slavery in Ante-Bellum Southern Industries and State Slavery Statutes.

The African-American Genealogy and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHS)

Patricia Liddell Researchers (PLR) at the Carter G. Woodson Library

The Perrin Collection (Slave Register) at the Illinois State Archives in Springfield, IL

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African-American Genealogy Research At:

The State Historical Society of Wisconsin Library

Madison, Wisconsin


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African-American Links on the Internet

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc

African-American Perspective - From the Library of Congress

African-American Genealogy Mailing List

African-Ameri can Genealogy Group - Family Tree Maker

African-American Genealogy Group of Pennsylvania

Christine's Genealogy Web Site (Afrigeneas Homepage)

Cyndi's African-American Genealogical Links

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