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

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

Branch Out Contest Winner: Heidi Hall and Her Elusive Huff

Posted by Juliana Szucs on February 25, 2014 in Website

Back in October, Heidi Hall won our Branch Out sweepstakes and received 20 hours of research time with the ProGenealogists team. Her main request was to verify the ancestry of Martha Huff. ProGenealogists was able to verify links to George Huff, a Civil War veteran, to his father, Nicholas Huff, a War of 1812 veteran, Read More