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
Are you getting stuck researching your African American ancestors? Ancestry Academy might have the answer: Needles and Threads: Piecing Together African American Families. Explore African American research with one of genealogy’s foremost experts in African American genealogy, Deborah A. Abbott. She’ll show you how to uncover resources, documents, and archives you never imagined existed and help Read More
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 Read More
Today, we are going to look at how pension records created after the Civil War can help identify and reconnect slave-era families and relationships in the South. This article will assume that you have already identified someone in your family who may have served in the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), and that you already have Read More
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
This is a pretty long list! I bet you missed something this past week! Blog Posts Ancestry.com Can’t find a marriage? Check for Marriage Mills by Juliana Smith Hey Oregon! Happy 155th Statehood Day! by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Ask Ancestry Anne: I’m Having a Hard Time Researching My African American Ancestors by Anne Gillespie Mitchell DNA Testing Read More
Folks log on to Ancestry.com to locate lost siblings, scare out family skeletons, and, of course, find ancestors, but this is the first time I’ve heard of someone using the site to establish the provenance of a piece of pottery. April Hynes’s grandfather Robert Strang unearthed this fantastic face jug in Philadelphia in 1950. It’s Read More
In honor of Black History Month 2011, Ancestry.com is releasing thousands of new records and sharing African-American family research success stories on the Ancestry.com blog.