Henry Louis Gates Joins Archives As Advisor

by Julie Hill

Posted on May 12, 2010

henry_louis_gates_portrait.pngWe are excited to announce that Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr has joined Archives.com as an official Advisor. As 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", Professor Gates is a leading authority in the field of African American Studies.

Researching African family history can be very challenging. Many traditional research options such as census records, recorded only limited details of African descendants - or none at all. Professor Gates brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for African Heritage. He will work closely with Archives.com to provide the tools and resources needed to learn about your family's history, and even trace your roots back to Africa.

"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."

In the coming months we'll be adding lots of additional resources, as well publishing some unique African American historical collections that have never before been available online. To learn more about how Henry Louis Gates Jr and Archives.com are partnering to make African American family history research simple & affordable, visit the new African Heritage section of Archives.com.

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