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Free Genealogy Event for Black Families

If you want to discover your family history, a free opportunity awaits you on June 4.

The free “Find Your Family, Know Your Roots” genealogy event will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the Central Library Center for Black Literature and Culture.

Although the use of current technology such as DNA testing has had a positive impact on genealogy, there are concerns that the lack of physical records such as newspaper obituaries and access to technology may make it more difficult to search for your roots. Also, as societal changes make it more acceptable to use the mother’s last name, it can be difficult to find paternal lineage, said Eunice Trotter, event organizer and author of “Black in Indiana.”

The event will include workshops with genealogists from Indiana’s African American Genealogy Group. Participants are encouraged to bring family photos and/or the names of their oldest relatives as the information will be used to begin researching family history. A take-home kit will also be provided to help with the next steps in the genealogy journey, Trotter said.

This event is free and Black families who attend might find they have a common interest or hobby with other family members or learn about genetic health issues.

Although tracing your family history often reveals interesting facts, it also plays an important role in restorative justice programs. As the fight for reparations continues to gain momentum across the country, black Americans will need to be able to prove they are descendants of slaves to access these programs.

“When people know who they are and where they come from, it positively benefits their families, the community and the world,” Trotter said.

Contact intern Mesgana Waiss at 317-762-7848 or by email at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @theavgjourn.

If you are going to:

What: “Find your family, know your roots”
When: 1-4 p.m. June 4
Where: Center for Black Literature and Culture at the Central Library, 401 E. St. Clair St.
No cost