Strike it Rich with Freedman’s Bank Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 24, 2017 in Collections, Guest Bloggers

By now, many researchers may be familiar with the massive collection of federal records produced by the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (BRFAL), more commonly known as the “Freedmen’s Bureau.” But a frequently overlooked source, with a very similar name, holds a wealth of detail as well. Records from the Freedman’s Savings and Read More

Olyvia Green: Pursuit of Teaching During the Civil Rights Movement

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 11, 2016 in Website

Since starting our business three years ago, we’ve heard a lot of remarkable stories. Few stand out more than that of Olyvia Green, the first black teacher at Pease Elementary in Austin, Texas. In December of 2014, the Storyhouse team interviewed Ms. Green and turned the conversation into a short video. Olyvia’s contributions were honored Read More

Ruth Starr Rose Shares Visual Accounts of Maryland’s African American Founding Families

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 10, 2015 in Website

After more than eighty years, artist Ruth Starr Rose is finally receiving recognition for her first-hand accounts of Maryland’s Eastern Shore founding families. Last month, we shared the incredible story of Ruth Starr Rose, a progressive artist born into an affluent family and raised on Maryland’s beautiful Chesapeake Bay. With access to some of the Read More

Leaving a Legacy: Madam C.J. Walker

Posted by Juliana Szucs on March 3, 2015 in Website, Women in History

Madam C. J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove to Owen and Minerva (née Anderson) Breedlove, former slaves on a plantation owned by Robert W. Burney. Sarah was the first child of the couple born after the Civil War in 1867. In 1863, the Union Army had occupied the area during the siege of Vicksburg.  On Read More

Rich Finds in Freedman’s Bank Records, 1865-1874

Posted by Juliana Szucs on March 2, 2015 in Website

The year 1865 found many African American Civil War veterans and ex- slaves with money in their pockets and there was a need for an institution where they could save that money. The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (often referred to as the Freedman’s Bank) was incorporated 150 years ago on 03 March 1865 to 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