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 http://www.ancestry.com/africanamerican.
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.