In the webinar African American Genealogy, Nichelle Hayes, leader of the Center for Black Literature & Culture, explains the basic principals of genealogy for those of African ancestry including information about specific challenges and particularly helpful databases. For additional help, see our guide to getting started researching your family history from home, including links to Indiana and national websites about genealogy.
Use your IndyPL Library card to access curated databases that are credible and reliable sources.
For those interested in learning about the early Black history in American, you might like joining The 1619 Project Read Along: A Classroom Without Walls, an online discussion designed to "remove barriers and invite all curious minds to discover and discuss this vital history."
You can check out a copy of The 1619 Project or, you can download several chapters being made available the next several months. There will be an opportunity to join an online discussion at @OneWorldBooks (an imprint of Random House) on Instagram. They will also share weekly discussion guides.
Download the first two chapters now:
Revisit 1619books.com between 1/23 at 9 AM EST and 1/25 at 9 AM EST to download the next two chapters:
The final two chapters will be released in February: