Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Harvard Professor

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
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Researching African American family history can be
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Lisa Lee

Tracing Your Ancestors From The Underground Railroad

by Lisa Lee | Jul 15, '10

The Underground Railroad (UGRR) was an informal network of individuals loosely organized to aid the escape of American slaves out of slave-holding states and into free Northern states, Canada and South into Mexico... Read More

Char McCargo Bah

An Effective Oral
History Interview with African Americans

by Char McCargo Bah | Jul 2, '09

Many genealogists are under the impression that all oral history interviews are the same. In most cases they are when you are asking questions using the five adverbs: who, what, when, how and where. But for most ethnic groups... Read More

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- Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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