African American Records

Uncover your American story.
Find your African roots.

Together, Ancestry.com and AncestryDNA™ can help you discover your history that led up to this moment, and take you back to where it first began.

See how AncestryDNA can help you discover details of your African ancestry.

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The Barefoot Genealogist introduces you to African American research.

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See how to find your history.

From where to begin to what to look for, this overview explains it all.

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Start with a family name.

Occupation, street address, etc.
Occupation, street address, etc.

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Our breakthrough science shows you where your family likely came from, including nine distinct regions across Africa, giving you a whole new way to connect to your cultural roots and trace your ancestry.

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