African American Ancestry through Newspaper Records

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Historical African American Newspapers Archive - GenealogyBank

If your genealogy search includes or is rooted in African American ancestry or Black ancestry, trace your family history using our exclusive African American newspaper archives. Newspapers captured the daily African American life and provide invaluable insights into the lives of our ancestors. With records dating back to 1827, you can discover the stories, the trials and tribulations of your ancestors. From Civil War news to unofficial slave records, newspapers are full of African American genealogy details not found on a family tree.

Spanning over 170 years of African American history in the United States, our exclusive collection African American newspapers archive provides detailed coverage of the Black American experience.

Research your family's Black ancestry in early anti-slavery United States newspapers like the Frederick Douglass' Paper to recent 21st century African American newspapers. If you know where you ancestors lived, you can search African American Newspapers by state.

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Find African American genealogy records across the U.S. including:

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