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Black Belt DNA Project

The Black Belt of Alabama DNA Project is intended to use DNA as a tool for African Americans researching their central Alabama roots. Anyone who can trace their their male (Y-DNA) or female (mtDNA) ancestry to Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter or Wilcox counties (or to areas that border these counties) in the period from about 1840 through 1880 is welcome to participate.

Website: Black Belt of Alabama DNA Project

Funeral Programs Project

Funeral Programs are important to African American genealogy because in many communities obituaries for Blacks weren't printed in mainstream newspapers. The Funeral Programs Project is a joint project with AfriGeneas.com, the premier website for African Ancestored genealogy. AfriGeneas already has a Death Records Database with over 15,000 obituaries and funeral programs. 

The project is still in the planning stages. If you would like to join us in this important work, please drop a line to us at info@bbaaghs.org. Put "Funeral Program Project" in the subject line.

Website: AfriGeneas Death Records Database

Schoolhouse Preservation & Records Project


Past Projects

Alabama African American Heritage Book Project (now CLOSED to submissions)

The Alabama African American Heritage Book - Volume I is available for purchase Go here for information and details.

StoryCorps Griot Project

BBAAGHS is a Community Partner of the StoryCorps Griot Project. We have the responsibility for scheduling interviews in the western Black Belt region. Interview sites will be Camden, Demopolis and Greensboro.

Go here for more information about the StoryCorps Griot Project and watch this site for further information how to participate.


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