Family-history research has become one of the most popular uses of the internet and is continuing to grow at a rapid pace as more and more people desire to learn about their roots. Genealogy is no longer just a hobby practiced in the dusty basements of public archives. Rather, its modern version pushes researchers to ask challenging questions about identity, history, ethnicity, kinship and community. Popular television shows such as Finding Your Roots, Who do you think you are? and Genealogy Roadshow inspire and encourage viewers to personalize history by uncovering their family’s unique story. The West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center in the Ocoee is the perfect place to help you get started.
If you are just beginning with your family-history research, your first step should be to record everything you know about your family from your own personal experiences. Next, engage with the elders in your family. Making your elders feel important is not only complimentary but is also a great way for you to discover and document all of the personal knowledge they have about your family’s history. Ask them to share storeis and interesting tidbits about those who have passed on. Remember to record their responses. Oral family history plays a vital part in all genealogical research, and it can be essential to African-American family history.
For the full article, pick up the July/Aug 2017 issue of ONYX