Tips For Exploring African American Genealogy

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Edwina W. Lindsey looks at the grave marker of former slaves who fought in the Civil War
Edwina W. Lindsey, a member of the St. Louis African-American History and Genealogy Society, looks at graveside marker at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis on Monday, May 26, 2014. Nearly 175 former slaves who fought for the Union in the Civil War were buried in a mass grave at the cemetery. A plaque that identifies by name the previously unknown members of the 56th U.S. Colored Infantry was later placed graveside. Whitney Curtis/AP Photo

For African Americans, researching family genealogy can be a difficult endeavor with the country’s history of slavery and systemic racism. But there can be a paper trail to follow — if you know where to look. We get tips from a genealogy specialist at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Lori Bessler Guest

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