African American Genealogy Research Tips in Honor of Juneteenth, Freedom Day!
Juneteenth, Freedom Day
Juneteenth was finally established as a federal holiday, last year on June 17, 2021, to be recognized and observed every year on June 19th, unless it falls on a weekend, but it has been around much longer than that!
Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Emancipation Day. Even though Emancipation was proclaimed in 1863, it wasn’t actually implemented in confederate states, and the implementation took affect little by little. The last place that word had reached, and emancipation was finally implemented, was in the state of Texas, on June 19, 1865, when Union troops landed in Galveston, Texas and announced their freedom by executive decree. Juneteenth has been celebrated ever since; although, many Americans have not been aware of it. With it being a federal holiday, all Americans will finally know of this holiday and what an important day in history it was and is! 😉
In the early days it had been celebrated with prayer and family gatherings, and some taking pilgrimages to Galveston; today it is celebrated with the same, as well as parades, festivals and more.
African American Genealogy Research
Are you researching African American Ancestors for either yourself, another family member, friend, or a client? Are you looking for research tips, records to use, resources, or Presentations? I do not specialize in African American research in any way, but I have researched for African American clients and thought some of the information I use, that I have listed below, may be of interest and help. 😊
Steps to researching your African American Ancestors:
African American Genealogy Research Records:
African American Genealogy Research Tips:
African American Genealogy Resources:
African American Genealogy and Ancestry Webinars and Presentations Coming Up:
Free Anytime FamilySearch Lessons in African American Genealogy:
How will you celebrate Juneteenth? Are you stuck in your African American genealogy research? What records above have you found the most useful in your African American genealogy research? Do you have other tips or resources that may be helpful? Did you know that MyHeritage and FamilySearch offered these free genealogy classes and conferences? Are you signed up for any of the webinars and presentations listed above? I’d love to hear your comments below, in the comment section!
More Genealogy Events:
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More Genealogy Resources:
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More Genealogy Records:
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