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In honor of Black
History Month this month, today brings you a special African-American history-themed
The National Archives is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation
Proclamation, which President Lincoln issued on Jan. 1, 1863 to free slaves in states
that had seceded. You
can go online to watch a video about what the proclamation meant and how the document
is being preserved, see images of it, and find out about upcoming programs. Also learn
about the Emancipation Proclamation’s history at the National
Archives; Featured Documents website.
An interactive online map—a companion to the PBS “American Experience” documentary The
Abolitionistslets you explore the story of the abolitionist movement in America.
Powered by History Pin, the Abolitionist
Map of America has images, documents and videos from dozens of libraries, museums
and other institutions.
Cincinnati, located on the boundary of free and slave states, was a major Underground
Railroad stop. Our Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Genealogy Local
History Department selected images and recordings on subjects such as the site of
local antislavery newspaper the Philanthropist, the focus of two anti-abolitionist
riots in 1836; and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, where the Uncle Tom’s Cabin author
lived with her family for various periods of time from 1833 to 1836.
Subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com has added collections to its
African-American history records including Danish West Indies Slave Records 1672-1917
(these are also part of Fold3′s Black History Collection, which is free
in February) and U.S., Buffalo Soldiers, Returns from Regular Army Cavalry Regiments,
Ancestry.com’s African-American history records here.
The Cincinnati library’s Genealogy
and Local History Department also is one of many libraries offering African-American
history and genealogy workshops this month, including a seminar (Feb. 9) and a
class on Searching for Descendants of African American Civil War Soldiers (Feb. 23).Learn
The African-American Genealogical Society of Northern California in Oakland has a Black
Family History Day on Feb. 10, with classes, one-on-one consultations and more. Learn
The African American Genealogical and Historical Society of Tennessee in Nashville
is holding a research
workshop Feb. 16. Learn
To find African-American genealogy events near you, check with your local genealogical
or historical society, or public library.