Henry Louis Gates Jr. Partners With Archives To Expand Resources For African Family Historyby Julie Hill PALO ALTO, CALIF. - May 12, 2010 - Archives.com, a website devoted to making family history simple and affordable, announced today that Harvard Professor and leading authority in the field of African American Studies, Henry Louis Gates Jr. has joined as an official advisor. Professor Gates is the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and host of PBS's 'Faces of America' television program.
Researching African family history presents unique challenges because census records and other traditional resources often documented only limited details of African descendants - or none at all. Professor Gates will apply his knowledge and passion for African Heritage towards helping Archives provide the tools and resources needed to explore African American family history, and even trace roots back to Africa. Through this partnership, Archives will also be publishing a set of unique African historical collections that have never before been available online.
"African American genealogy has been under-served for many years. But thanks to new advances in DNA sequencing and companies like Archives.com, the past has opened up like never before," says Professor Gates. "Archives.com is making family history easy and affordable for the everyday person. The site offers a rich interface and access to an abundance of records, images, and stories about the past."
To learn more about how Henry Louis Gates Jr and Archives.com are partnering to make African American family history research simple and affordable, visit the new African Heritage section of Archives.com.
Archives.com is a leading family history Web site that makes discovering family history simple and affordable. The company has assembled more than 1.1 billion historical records — birth, death, marriage, divorce, census, obituary, immigration, military and more — all in a single location, and makes them available at a price that's up to 80 percent less than the leading competitor. Archives also partners with other leading family history websites to provide integrated record collections, discounted memberships, official certificates and other special promotions — providing a comprehensive resource for researching your family history. Archives.com is free to try for seven days, allowing anyone to explore the benefits of membership without risk or obligation. For more information and to start discovering your family history, please visit www.Archives.com.
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