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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 an African American 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 different 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

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
  • 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


OBA Founder & Webmaster

The founder and webmaster for Our Black Ancestry is Sharon Leslie Morgan -- writer, communications consultant and PR "legend." A devoted researcher of African American history and genealogy. 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, and others.


A staunch advocate of racial justice, Morgan has taken STAR (Stategies 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). 


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





In honor of the ancestors upon whose shoulders we stand!

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