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

Needles and Threads: Piecing Together African American Families

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 26, 2016 in Website

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

Looking for African American Ancestors?

Posted by Ancestry Team 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 Read More

Restoring Slave Families Using USCT Pension Records

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 27, 2015 in Research, Website

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

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

What You Might Have Missed: February 18th Edition

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 18, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

This is a pretty long list! I bet you missed something this past week! Blog Posts 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

Black History Month—Unearthing the Past

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 14, 2011 in Collections

Folks log on to 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