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The Dawes Commission was a body of men designated by the United States Government to oversee the exchange of lands for the Five Civilized Tribes.  The land, then called Indian Territory, would later become Oklahoma.  The commission that granted out parcels of land to "qualified" individuals.    


Dead Fred photo archive contains over 92,000 records that represent roughly 16,000 family surnames.  The archive is searchable by last name, first name, maiden name, age, country, state, town, photographer, date and photo type.  With surnames linked to photographs, the large database can produce leads outside of more frequently-used engines like and  Just like these two sites the DeadFred Photo archive is constantly updated.  


You can post to the website's bulletin board, subscribe to their newsletter or just join other activist “genealogists” and find homes for the website’s many “orphan” photos.


Side note:  If you can prove you are related to someone in a photograph, you can obtain a copy of the digitized photo for a fee.  Are you a museum, church or archive?  You can submit your own unindentified “orphan” photos to the website.  

To submit your photos to Deadfred’s Online Archive go to


Dear Myrtle’s Genealogy Blog has been rated one of the top 5 blogs in the industry.  In 2012 it was awarded the honor of being a Rootstech’s Official Blogger destination. Dear Myrtle’s Genealogy Blog provides you with the latest developments within the Industry and links, you to study guides and tutorials.  It is so easy-to-read and I highly recommend this blog for beginners.  

Dear Myrtle’s Updates Include information relating to:

  • Webinars

  • Workshops

  • Conferences

  • Lectures

  • Speeches

  • Trainings

With Dear Myrtle’s Genealogy Blog you can cast the largest net possible.  Typical posts include the latest books by genealogy authors, the latest information on genealogy projects, and the hottest new collection debuts.  You can search for Dear Myrtle or just subscribe to the Blog’s online podcast.  


DeBow’s review is an agricultural magazine that was widely circulated in the American South in the early 19th century.  It would circulate during the years 1846-1884 the period immediately before and after the Civil War.  Started in New Orleans, Louisiana the magazine contains valuable information for those researching slave genealogies on the eve of the Emancipation.  

University of North Carolina-Greensboro

The Digital Library on American Slavery contains detailed information on about 150,000 individuals, associated with the slave trade.  The data comes from 2,975 legislative petitions and 14,512 county court petitions.  The rest of the records come from a wide range of related documents like wills, inventories, deeds, bills of sale, depositions, court proceedings and amended petitions.  Buried here are the names of 80,000 slaves, 8,000 free people of color, and 62,000 whites.  

The Library allows users to search for petitions in fifteen slaveholding states including the District of Columbia.  Created with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, its partners include the Race and Slavery Petition Project and the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.  The University of North Carolina – Greensboro is the partner that serves as administrator of the online portion of the project.  Search for slavery era documents from the comfort of your home using search fields:


You can search by:

  • Name

  • Date

  • Keyword

  • Geographic Data

By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering your Female Ancestors is one of the first guides that focuses intensely on overcoming the brick walls associated with researching a female ancestor.  Female genealogy is full of unique challenges, this is mainly due to laws that restrict the lives of women previous to the 21st century.  Despite these drawbacks there are still some ways to overcome these obstacles.  Sharon DeBartolo Cormack will be able to help you uncover historical facts, personal accounts and recorded events to form an intriguing narrative on the lives of the women of any American ancestry.  This book I believe would be useful to African American Women, especially for those searching for female ancestors in the south and those that migrated to the American West.

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Documenting the American South is a digital library of primary source material, it is known as one of the largest collections of southern manuscripts in the United States and its famous North American Slave Narratives Collection contains books and articles that document the lives of ordinary African Americans including the day to day poor, often ignored, in the south.  Many of its materials relate to the struggle for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century.  You can find existing autobiographical narratives of fugitives and former slaves published in broadside, pamphlet, or book format in English up to 1920.  Also included are fictionalized serials, rare special documents and collections of family papers.  

With their primary objective being to access the voices of the inaccessible in Southern History, they seek out only material that focuses on groups like Women, Native Americans, African Americans, Laborers, enlisted men and any other historically marginalized American groups living in the south.  

These rare texts are no longer shoved away in someone’s closet or hiding in a dusty box at some Ivy League College.  The door has swung open and made them accessible to you in your home where you can view them at the click of a mouse. 


Doll’s Genealogy Website is a rising star in the world of African American Genealogy. If you have an ancestor who just happened to walk the red clay of Georgia, then I recommend you visit Doll’s Genealogy Website.  Its best features include its records of African American Marriages in Macon, GA, its Slave Narratives, and its List of Macon County Midwives.  Despite these sources the website still needs your help to build content and expand its genealogical reach.  Its footprint is small but growing.  As Doll continues to expand more transcribed documents hopefully will be made available.  


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