Working to Bring Black Family Histories Forward – Ancestry February 8, 2021

I checked recently and saw this post – – Working to Bring Black Family Histories Forward: Slightly longer article, but decided to share the first part of the article.


During Black History Month, we celebrate the lasting contributions of Black men and women to American society and culture. During this time, we will also reflect on pivotal moments in the Black American experience. However, Black history is #MoreThanAMonth. Black history is American history, and rightfully deserves to be recognized as such and explored year round.

Ancestry®️ is expanding the resources it offers to explore Black family histories. We recognize family history research can be challenging for Black Americans due to the long history of slavery in the U.S. and the lack of documentation about those who were enslaved. In an effort to aid in Black family history discoveries, we will be adding several new searchable and digitized collections over the course of the year so every story can be told.

“We are the sum total of our Ancestors and we are a product of their stories, even if we don’t know it,” said Henry Louis ‘Skip’ Gates, Jr., the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author. “Ancestry’s commitment to digitize culturally significant records of our Black ancestors is an important step in the right direction for our community to reclaim its collective history, once thought lost, but now being found.”


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