Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society - Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter
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Beyond Our Borders

The African trans-Atlantic slave trade that began in the 1500s has created a global African diaspora which to this day makes the task of researching our ancestors a real challenge. The very nature of the slavery that ensued has impacted us deeply when we learn about the horror, pain and suffering both physical and emotional that our ancestors endured.
While conducting their family research, our members make discoveries that have directed their search beyond the U.S. borders into Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe and Asia, and everything from the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia to the Jamaican Maroons is being researched.
Here are some helpful links you can use in your research:
Legacies of British Slave-ownership homepage
The Database
Register of enslaved may be found at the Brish National Archives with a tutorial of this archived website here (no longer updated--see this page for explanation).
The Canadian Encyclopedia: Explore Black History in Canada
Visiting Halifax, Nova Scotia: If you plan a trip to Halifax, home to residents of African descent dating back to the 1600s and Black Loyalist descendants from the American Revolution, be sure to include a visit to the Black Cultural Center across the bridge in Dartmouth. The travel guide provides information (pgs. 15-18) and you can contact Caroline and Matthew Thomas of Black Heritage Tours (pg. 18) who provide a narrated tour of the area.
Check the Annapolis Heritage Society, Nova Scotia links for valuable information on census records for the Blacks in Granville, the muster roll of 'coloured' members, slave owners' petition, probate records, family bibles, family histories and other miscellaneous documents.
The Black Presence in Pre-20th Century Europe: A Hidden History