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Happy Juneteenth—the holiday that commemorates the announcement of
the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. On that
day, Union Gen. Gordon Granger stood on a balcony in Galveston and
Order No. 3, informing the people of Texas that slaves there were freed.
From the beginning, Texas freedmen marked Emancipation Day—now known as Juneteenth—with
festivals and remembrances of enslaved ancestors. Observances declined during the
early 20th century, but have seen a resurgence since the Civil Rights movement. Juneteenth
became an official state holiday in Texas in 1980; 41 other states and Washington
DC have designated it a holiday or a day of observance.
Learning about African-American roots during slavery is difficult but it isn’t always
impossible. These free online articles will get you started:
eight steps to using the 1850 and 1860 US census slave schedules—which enumerate
but don’t name slaves—to find records of your enslaved ancestors.
Genealogy Toolkit with websites, publications and organizations for tracing African-American
About the Afro-Louisiana
History and Genealogy Website, which contains information on African people in
Louisiana from 1719 to 1820
Also check out these resources in ShopFamilyTree.com:
Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors by Franklin
Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom
Slave Genealogy Guide
Start Your African-American Genealogy Value Pack