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African American Genealogy


Our Black Ancestry (OBA) provides information and services that help 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 features a compendium of information that is updated approximately once each year
  • Facebook group features daily updates, cultural commentary and an active peer community
  • Wordpress blog features personal insights about family history and culture by our webmaster
  • YouTube channel features videos selected for relevance to African American genealogy and culture

Use the navigation buttons across the top of the page to view the following sections of this website:


  • Resources

Links to websites and other materials pertinent to family history and culture

  • Slaveholders by Surname

Surnames and locations of the largest slaveholders in 10 southern states 

  • Slaveholders by County

Transcibed names of all slaveholders in selected counties

  • Connections

Descendants of slaves and slaveholders who are seeking connection

  • Tutorial

Help for novice family historians who are just getting with family research

  • Blog

Opinion space that focuses on 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." For more than 30 years, she has been 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 people who were enslaved and descendants of 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, a non-profit association based in Atlanta, Georgia. The foundation is dedicated to providing online resources for African American genealogical research, preserving historic materials and properties, and promoting the healing of racial wounds.  





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