AncestryDNA provides the most detailed view of African ethnicity available.

Discover the places your family called home with genetic information from 26 regions throughout the world, including nine distinct regions across Africa—more than any other DNA testing service. Our breakthrough science shows you where your family likely came from, giving you a whole new way to connect to your cultural roots and trace your African ancestry.

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Uncover the role of your ancestors in our nation’s history.

More than 350,000 African Americans fought for our country in WWI. Roughly 20 years later 2.5 million blacks registered and 1 million served in WWII. African Americans have a distinguished history serving in our armed forces.

Military records


The Great Migration was a mass movement of roughly six million Southern blacks to the north and west between 1910 and 1970. This migration fueled the economic growth of our auto industry, manufacturing jobs, and the expansion of our railroads.

U.S. City Directories,
1822–1995


From being born a slave to becoming an expert botanist and world-renowned inventor, George Washington Carver was a remarkable and often overlooked man in American history. He promoted alternative crops to cotton, urging poor farmers to produce a variety of food.

Census and Voter Lists

Piece together the
history of your past.

Historical records on Ancestry can tell you moving stories about your ancestors' lives. Whether you’re looking for a specific ancestor or doing broader research, the 19 billion searchable records on Ancestry allow you to access historical documents, military registrations, slave records, and photos that can help you construct your unique family history.

Africa's Great Civilazations premiers February 27

In the new PBS series Africa’s Great Civilizations Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa.

This eye-opening personal journey is a six hour in-depth look at the complexity, beauty, and diversity of the great civilizations that once flourished across the African continent. Learn more at PBS.org.

We are proud to support the making of this groundbreaking new documentary.