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Black History Month: Genealogy

2021: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.


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Genealogy is the study of families, family history, and the tracing of their lineages. It has become a growing hobby among older Americans. As challenging as it may be to trace one's ancestors beyond a few generations, many African-Americans have the additional hurdle of slavery to contend with. The issue of slavery often causes many African-American family record trails to die out by the 1870s. To go beyond will often require looking at the records of the slave owner's family and other creative methods. However, there are several websites today that see to digitize and make accessible records of African Americans.

Below are resources to help trace your family history.