“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.” How do I judge the content of this man’s character when recording and preserving his life history?
As a white genealogist, here are 5 simple things you can do today to foster diversity in the genealogy community.
Every family tree has shade. Some branches are shadier than others. Cast some light. Look through your records of ancestor’s primary source genealogy documents for names of enslaved people.
I’m still struggling with what I can say to persuade you to spend some of your time helping over 42 million descendants of former enslaved Americans.
So what if your ancestors weren’t famous? What if they were poor? There are photographers like Dorthea Lange who spent time documenting the migrant worker families during the dust bowl era for the department of agriculture.
Pouring through a couple hundred pictures, I not only gained a better understanding of what life was like for my great-great grandparents, but I found a couple of pictures, that I am pretty sure contain them.