"Were my ancestors slaves or free?"

and other questions...

Our researchers tackle your toughest questions about African American genealogy in conjunction with The Root.com, the premier news, opinion and culture site for African American influencers.


A Cheat Sheet for Researching African-American Ancestors

Was My Ancestor a Free Person of Color?

I Found My Ancestor in a Slave Schedule. What Now?

How Did My Free Black Ancestor Live Under the Confederacy?

Is my Family Linked to America’s First Black Episcopal Church?

Why Did My Black Ancestors Trek From Mexico to Mississippi During Slavery?

Am I Related to Slave-Revolt Leader Nat Turner?

Did My Ancestor Own the Former Slave Whose Info I Found Online?

Were My Ancestors in an Interracial Love Triangle?

Were My ‘Free Mulatto’ Ancestors Ever Enslaved?

Is a University Founder Linked to My Enslaved Ancestor?

When Did My Black Ancestors First Arrive in Washington, DC?

Help! I Can’t Fill Out My Family Tree Because of Family Secrets

My Ancestor’s Name and Race Changed in Census Records. Why?

Was My Nonwhite Ancestor Native American or Black?

Were My Black Texan Ancestors Actually Mexican?

Were My Black Ancestors Deployed With the French in WWI?

Did My Ancestor Go by Two Different Names?

Am I Related to Members of Jesse James’ Outlaw Gang?

My Ancestor Died in the Leflore County Massacre

How Can I Research My Roots Without Spending Money?

Why Can’t I Find Proof That My In-Laws Were Married?

How Did My Enslaved Kin Get to Va. From Madagascar?

Were My NC Ancestors Afro-Latino Immigrants?

How Do I Research My Guyanese Heritage?

My Cherokee Ancestors Never Went West. Can I Be a Citizen?

How Do I Trace My Cape Verdean Ancestry?

How Do I Legally Prove Native American Ancestry?