Researching Your African American Ancestors

This article was prepared by the NEHGS.

Researching African American ancestors presents a unique challenge, but NEHGS has the tools you need to get started. In honor of Black History Month, please enjoy free access to five useful databases, and join us in uncovering the stories of fascinating African American lives hidden in our archives.

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Two Website to Help You Use Your Digital Devices: Computers, Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones and Cameras

learn-computersIf you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher and need a simple way to learn? Not sure how to use email or do a simple search? Or, do you just want to learn how to use Facebook or email?

If so, we have two websites just for you. Both are free and offer a variety of easy to follow tutorials on topics that will help you learn to use your digital devices and the applications that come on them. Whether you are new to the computer, returning for review or just want to gain more 21st century skills, these free online websites can help. The categories of training offered include: Computers, Email. Internet, Online Safety, Devices, Searching, Photos and Graphics plus using Social Media like Facebook, Instagram, Skype, Twitter and others.

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Why YOU Should Join a Facebook Genealogy Group

There are myriad websites, historical societies, and other resources for the would-be genealogist to get help when starting out, or for experienced researchers to continue learning new things from their peers. One of the easiest options that may not occur to you is to join a Facebook genealogy group. Because any user can create a group, there are options for almost every subset of genealogy (geographical, linguistic, ethnic, etc.) you could think of.

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