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A new USGenWeb Project has been started specifically for African-American research. All states are represented. There is a Surname List as well as other research tools on the site. Please visit and support the site. The goal of USAAG is to become a centralized location for African American research thru out the United States. The address is http://www.rootsweb.com/~afamer/index.html
Please pay them a visit and contribute anything you can to the available records! Even a link to your own research site might help someone else!
  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.
  Excerpt: West African Griots are historians, storytellers, traditional praise singers and musicians.  Their roles are hereditary and their surnames identify them as Griots.  For example, Toumani Diabate of Mali comes from 70 generations of Griots.  His father, Sidiki Diabate was considered the “King of the Kora” in Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and The Gambia.  When he died, memorials were held in each of these countries, attended by foreign diplomats, government officials and musicians.  The most famous Griot in each of these countries was chosen to preside over the memorials and to celebrate the life of Sidiki Diabate by “singing his praises” and recounting his life story.
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