Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 22, 2016 in Website

To get started looking for your African American ancestors in the large number of relevant collections on Ancestry an easy place to start is on the African American Homepage.

You can find a link at the bottom right corner of the search page or by typing into your browser

Scroll down the page to find the search form will allow you to search all of the Ancestry Collections containing records for African Americans or just search the U.S. Census records for your ancestors.  We’ve also included videos and a downloadable guide to get you started.


Also, make sure you check out another collection of great records on Fold3 on the Black History page.

You’ll find a wide variety of records there including Civil War, World War I & II, Slavery and more.


Sometimes a different starting point will give you a new perspective on your ancestor.

Happy searching.

Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.

1 Comment

  1. Richard

    Research would be easier if we could sort records according to place. We would find all of the ancestors who lived in a specific region.

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