A great way to begin is to talk to your various family members, especially the more senior ones, and ask them questions so you can gather names, dates, places, and stories. With that information in hand, you can begin to gather records about these family members and the places associated with them. The National Archives has a variety of resources on our African American Records page at http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/ to assist as you search for these records. At the bottom of the page, there are many links including the Freedmen’s Bureau Records web pages (http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/freedmens-bureau/); Reference Information Paper No. 108: Black Family Research : Records of Post-Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives (http://www.archives.gov/publications/ref-info-papers/rip108.pdf); and Reference Information Paper No. 105: Records of Military Agencies Relating to the African Americans from the Post-World War I Period to the Korean War (http://www.archives.gov/publications/ref-info-papers/105/index.pdf). Keep us posted on the History Hub about your research and ask questions of the community when you get stuck!