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African-American family research can be very difficult, especially when searching for records and information prior to 1870 - or "The Wall."
To help you around, over, or under "The Wall", join a group of like-minded researchers who may already have the information you seek or know of resources to assist you.
For African-American researches, the Afrigenas group is a great place to start.
AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also an African Ancestry research community featuring the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats.