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Celebrating Black British history and heritage

Black history is British history. Let's honour it. This resource hub brings together a range of educational articles, guides and tips for delving into Black British history and uncovering diverse family roots.

Findmypast black history

Remembering Black British firsts

Through a series of articles, Stephen Rigden illuminates the lives of Black British trailblazers. From the first Black officers in the British Army to the first Black British Olympian, these remarkable stories weren't in your school history books.

Celebrate their legacies
black ancestry

Why tracing Black ancestry is challenging

It's no secret - exploring the lives of Black ancestors is a tricky and complex task. Paper trails run dry, race is rarely recorded in family documents and the slave trade led to a loss of identity and culture, changing family trees forever.

Understand the obstacles

Before you start tracing Black family history...

Black British ancestry

Realise the records reflect the time

You'll probably see terms and phrases that are unacceptable today.

Black british women

Expect elusive ancestors

For example, you'll generally find more records of Black men than women.

Black British family history

Be prepared for upsetting discoveries

The stories you find may be challenging but they deserve to be told.

A Black British family story

Memories of the Caribbean, swinging-60s Britain, homesickness and the NHS. Shared between a mother and daughter.

Black genealogy records on Findmypast

Royal Gazette of Jamaica archives

Royal Gazette of Jamaica

Find Jamaican family in this newspaper dating back to the 1700s.

Caribbean family history

Births, marriages and deaths

Explore millions of milestone records from the Caribbean and beyond.

Royal African Company slavery records

Royal African Company

Delve into revealing passenger lists from the era of transatlantic slave trade.

Findmypast Black Lives Matter

How Findmypast is confronting racism

We recognise that we have a responsibility to tackle racism. That's why we're:

  1. Highlighting challenging stories from history, so that we can all learn from them
  2. Making efforts to publish records and form partnerships that illuminate Black history
  3. Constantly reviewing and improving our diversity and inclusion work practices
  4. Holding ourselves accountable and reporting our progress to our members and community

Track our progress

Black history resources from around the web