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Using Genealogy Resources to Tell Our Story

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We are still working to get the story straight as far as African American history goes.  It is our own responsibility to gather the oral history and and historical documentation so that our children will have a clear understanding about our history and our accomplishments.

There is no other way that they will know that they are "standing upon the shoulder of greatness," and that they have a duty to honor their ancestor's dignity. 

We need to safeguard them against being miseducated.  Michelle Bachman, a candidate for President commented that the Founding Fathers fought to end slavery, but we know several owned slaves themselves.

Renown genealogist, Kathleen Brandt, shared an article entitled, "Happy 4th?" about her Revolutionary War ancestor, Ned Griffin, who was freed after his service.  We know most of our ancestors were not free until many years later.

But where should you start?  Join Hosts Antoinettte Harrell and Robin Foster as we share some of the greatest free online resources available to you.

FamilySearch Wiki

FamilySearch Forums

FamilySearch Research Courses

FamilySearch Historical Records

The following resources will help you develop your own prespectives about the historical context of the records which document African Americans.

Over Troubled Water

About Our Freedom

About Peonage