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African American Genealogy

Our Black Ancestry (OBA) helps people explore and appreciate African American family history and culture. Believing that we "empower our future by honoring our past," OBA contributes to a genealogical legacy that goes beyond the recording of names, dates and places into the realm of elevating genealogy to promote positive community and family values.


How to use OBA

OBA communicates through several channels, all of which are linked to this page. You can either click below or on the icons in the lefthand navigation pane.


  • Website - compendium of information that is updated approximately once each year
  • Facebook - peer community with a continuous stream of resources and conversation 
  • Wordpress - blog about family history and culture 
  • YouTube - videos selected for relevance to African American genealogy and culture

Click below or use navigation buttons across the top of this page to view the following sections of the OBA website: 

  • Tutorial -- Help for novice family historians who are just getting started with family research
  • Resources -- ​Links to websites and other materials pertinent to family history and culture
  • Surnames -- Enter names you are researching and find others who are researching that name
  • DNA -- Enter information about your DNA tests and find others who match your results
  • Slaveholders -- Surnames and locations of the largest slaveholders in 10 southern states plus transcribed names of all slaveholders in selected counties
  • Connections -- ​Descendants of slaves and slaveholders who are seeking to connect
  • Blog -- Opinion space for personal stories and research challenges


Who are we?

This website is sponsored by Our Black Ancestry Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources for African American genealogical research, preserving historic materials and properties, and promoting the healing of racial wounds. 

The founder and webmaster for Our Black Ancestry is Sharon Leslie Morgan -- writer, communications consultant and PR "legend." She is a consultant to the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and a founding member of Afrigeneas. Her memberships include the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and local societies in areas of her family research. She writes guest blogs for NGS, Geni, FamilySearch and others. Morgan has taken STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) training at Eastern Mennonite University and is actively involved with Coming to the Table, an organization that promotes linkages between descendants of enslaved people and the families that enslaved them for the purpose of healing from the trauma of slavery. Sharon is also the co-author of Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade (Beacon Press, 2012).



The president of OBA Foundation is Diana Roman. She is a descendant of the HAIRSTON family, one of the largest slaveholders in American history. Over a 200 year period, her ancestors enslaved more than 10,000 people on 42 plantations in three states.




In honor of the ancestors upon whose shoulders we stand!

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