Ancestry.com Marks Lincoln Bicentennial With Launch of Five New Databases Featuring Millions of New Civil War Era Records

World's Leading Online Family History Resource Adds More Than 4 Million New Records to Its Civil War Collection, Including More Than 20,000 Letters Written to and from Lincoln PROVO, Utah, Feb. 12-- Ancestry.com, the world's largest online resource for family history, announced today it will commemorate the 200th birthday of one of the nation's greatest Presidents - Abraham Lincoln - with the addition of five new databases to its Civil War Collection. This historically significant collection includes unique content such as photographs, handwritten letters, slave manifests and pension … [Read more...]

Connecting to African roots

In celebration of Black History Month, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society sponsored a research day at the Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City to help black Americans connect to their roots. Read More … [Read more...]

Revisiting family history

Jean Douglas wants to know her name. Oh, she knows the name her parents gave her. She knows the names of her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. But beyond that, where did her family come from? It is a mystery Douglas would love to solve someday. Read More … [Read more...]

Man’s search for ancestry, answers leads to Caswell, documentary

At 28 years old, David A. Wilson looked around his hometown at the rough streets of Newark, N.J. and questioned what he saw - black people living day in and day out in a demoralized state. He asked himself, "How did we get here?" His search for answers led Wilson to his ancestors and a history he came to understand was not one of victimization, but of victory. Read More … [Read more...]

Ancestry.ca Celebrates Canada’s Black History With Largest Collection of Online Records

TORONTO, Feb. 5 - Ancestry.ca, Canada's leading online family history website, celebrates Black History Month with an unprecedented array of online historical records that trace the lives of black Canadians dating back to pre-Confederation, including records from the First World War's Second Construction Battalion, the only all-black military battalion in Canada's history. These records are a treasure trove of information for almost 800,000 black Canadians living today. Public records, personal narratives, legal documents and letters all detail the contributions of the black community … [Read more...]

The National Archives and Footnote.com Launch Online African American History Collection

LINDON, Utah - (Business Wire) In celebration of Black History Month, Footnote.com is launching its African American Collection. Footnote.com has been working with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, D.C., to digitize records that provide a view into the lives of African Americans that few have seen before. “These records cover subjects including slavery, military service, and issues facing African Americans dating back to the late 18th century,” explains James Hastings, Director of Access Programs at NARA. “Making these records available online will help … [Read more...]

The mixed blood of Indians explained

Today, eight out of ten Native Americans are of mixed blood as a result of slavery and post-slavery intermarriage, particularly in New England. Further, the infamous “one-drop rule,” which is also tied to the colonial slave system, decreed that a single drop of black blood, or a single ancestor who was African, in an individual of mixed race defined that person as black. Read More … [Read more...]

Story of Newport family begins nearly 200 years ago in Wayne County

About 1812, when Great Britain went to war for the second time with the United States, farmer William Newport left his home in Connecticut and settled in Sodus Point, a frontier port on Lake Ontario in what would become Wayne County. Newport, then in his early 30s, was a free African American in a state that would allow slavery for another 15 years. Read More … [Read more...]