African American Research: Tips for Tracing Families Post-1865

Posted by Joseph Shumway on February 28, 2014 in Research

Tracing African American genealogies has many challenges. However, I find it one of the most rewarding areas of family history research in my work as a professional genealogist. The greatest challenge obviously comes when an ancestor is traced back to the time of slavery. While there are many different methodologies that can be used to… Read more

The Mitchelville Preservation Project

Posted by Juliana Szucs on February 27, 2014 in Moments in Time, Stories

I love hearing about interesting projects that incorporate family history into history on a larger scale. Last fall when I was in Utah, my friend Kim Harrison, who is the product manager for our institutional accounts, told me about a unique project that is commemorating the first self-governed town of freed slaves in America. During… Read more

AncestryDNA Advances Exploration of African American Ethnic Origins: Couples Genetic Science with Historical Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Collections

Thanks to cutting-edge genetic science from AncestryDNA, African Americans are now able to make new discoveries about their ethnic origins, learning about the people and cultures that have been a part of their ancestral heritage for centuries. With test takers on average having at least three and a half regions in Africa as part of… Read more

Clovis Boy: DNA Unraveled

Posted by Julie Granka on February 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Who were the first people to ever inhabit the Americas? In sequencing the DNA of the remains of a boy from an ancient burial site in Montana, scientists from the University of Copenhagen have provided more evidence that the first humans to arrive in the Americas were originally from Northeast Asia.  Until now, evidence of… Read more

African American Civil War Veterans and the Grand Army of the Republic

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on February 26, 2014 in Collections

African Americans gave proud service during the Civil War. More than 186,000 men served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT), approximately 18,000 served in the U.S. Navy, and thousands more in segregated state regiments, such as the famed 54th Massachusetts Infantry. Pension records often come to mind when researching these individuals, but your research… Read more

Going back to your African Roots

Posted by Anna Swayne on February 21, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Just the other day, I had a conversation over the fence with my neighbor about family history, and how she could trace her genetic roots back to Africa. Usually, we are talking about how her cats got out, and whether or not I have seen them. She was intrigued and surprised to hear that you… Read more