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:
- Top digital destinations for researching black roots
- Heritage guide to tracing slave roots
- African American genealogy toolkit
- Eight tips for finding ancestors in the 1850 and 1860 slave enumerations
- Slave bills of sale
- 101 Best Websites 2010: African-American roots
- Rescued slave ships database
Look for a guide to tracing black ancestors using African American newspapers in our May issue, on newsstands March 8.