Our Black Ancestry Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources for African American genealogical research, preserving historic materials and properties, and promoting healing of wounds that are the legacy of slavery. Our primary activity is sponsorship of this Our Black Ancestry (OBA) website.
We help you explore family history and culture for 12+ million people kidnapped from Africa, approximately 500,000 of whom were brought to what is now the United States. Upon Emancipation, our ancestors numbered 4 million people. Today, we are a community 42+ million strong.
OBA believes we "empower our future by honoring our past" -- thus contributing to a legacy that goes beyond the recording of names, dates and places into the realm of using genealogy to promote positive community and family values. Through our efforts, we hope to reunite as many African descended people as possible to their family roots. We do this by combining the efforts of African American researchers along with those of descendants of the people who enslaved us.
Much of our website is publicly available for FREE. If you want to be more deeply involved, we encourage you to become a member, which costs $25 per year. If you don't want to be a member, consider donating.
Members receive benefits including a personal profile page, access to surname and DNA databases, resource links, and discount offers on products and services. One of the greatest benefits is PRIVACY. We will not use, share or profit from anything you contribute to our site.
What you will find in the PUBLIC space:
WEBSITE -- Compendium of information that is updated annually
TUTORIAL -- Instructions for family historians who are just getting started
FACEBOOK -- Peer community for sharing information
YOU TUBE -- Videos relevant to African American genealogy
BLOG -- Research techniques & musings
EVENTS -- Activities, trainings, meet-ups & special offers
MARKETPLACE -- Merchandise relevant to genealogy researchers
In the MEMBER space, you get MORE!
MEMBER PROFILES -- With searchable surname & DNA databases
RESOURCES -- Links to resources pertinent to family history research
SLAVEHOLDERS -- Database of large slaveholder surnames
CONNECTIONS -- Descendants of slaveholders looking to connect
Create a personal member profile, connect with others researching your family surnames, share DNA results, view hidden files.
Even if you only participate in our Facebook group, membership in the OBA website community is important.
We need your financial support to continue our work.
Membership is only $25 per year