Our Black Ancestry Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources for African American genealogical research, preserving historic materials and properties, and promoting the healing of wounds that are the legacy of slavery. Our primary activity is sponsorship of this Our Black Ancestry (OBA) website and member portal.
We help you explore family history and culture for the approximately 500,000 people who were kidnapped from Africa -- 90% of whom were enslaved in what is now the United States. Upon Emancipation, our ancestors numbered 4 million people. Today, we are a community that is 42 million strong.
OBA believes we "empower our future by honoring our past" -- thus contributing to a legacy that goes beyond the recording of names, dates and places into the realm of using genealogy to promote positive community and family values. Through our efforts, we hope to reunite as many African descended people as possible to their family roots. We do this by combining the efforts of African American researchers along with those of descendants of the people who enslaved us.
Some of our website is available to the public for FREE, however, we ask that you consider donating to our efforts. If you want to be more deeply involved, we encourage you to become a member, which costs $25 per year. Members receive many benefits, including a snail mail welcome package, personal profile page, access to surname searches, DNA matching, member forums, resource links, email updates, and discount offers on products and services. One of the greatest benefits is PRIVACY. We will not use, share or profit from anything you contribute to our site.
What you will find in the PUBLIC space:
WEBSITE -- Compendium of information that is updated frequently
TUTORIAL -- Instructions for family historians who are just getting started
FACEBOOK -- Peer community for sharing information
YOU TUBE -- Videos relevant to African American genealogy
BLOG -- Research techniques & musings
EVENTS -- Activities, trainings, meet-ups & special offers
In the MEMBER space, you get MUCH MORE!
MEMBER PROFILES -- With searchable surnames & DNA test links
RESOURCES -- Links to resources pertinent to family history research
CONNECTIONS -- Descendants of slaveholders looking to connect
SLAVEHOLDERS -- Database of large slaveholder surnames
FORUMS -- Special interest groups on a wide variety of topics
MARKETPLACE -- Merchandise relevant to OBA members
Create a personal member profile, connect with others who are researching your family surnames, share DNA results, participate in forums, view hidden files, and participate in many other benefits.
Membership is only $25 per year