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Black History Month is celebration of the role African Americans played in shaping U.S. history. The annual event started as “Negro History Week” in 1926, and blossomed into a month-long commemoration marked by every U.S. president in office since 1976.
Festivities kick off Feb. 1, and we’d like to help you celebrate your heritage. Discover
your black history with some of our genealogy resources:
digital destinations for researching black roots
guide to tracing slave roots
American genealogy toolkit
for finding ancestors in the 1850 and 1860 slave enumerations
- Slave bills of sale
Best Websites 2010: African-American roots
slave ships database
Look for a guide to tracing black ancestors using African American newspapers in our
May issue, on newsstands March 8.