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African American History

Dig Into Your Roots

Black Panther newspaper

Genealogy is study of family, family history, and tracing of roots. Genealogists use oral histories, photos, historical records, and genetic analysis to help patrons to find information about their families. Genealogy is a study of patience, so take your time.

How to Get Started

  1. Begin conversations with your living relatives. Review photos and documents.
  2. Start to map or make connections between generations.
  3. Find your evidence. Research using primary resources, including official documents and other materials).
  4. Determine important resources. This includes relatives, web resources, documents, and oral histories.
  5. Take notes and be patient. Organize your information. Cloud resources, like Google Workspace, are really helpful.

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Afro-Latinx. Afro-Latina. Afro-Latino. African American and Latin.

Those who identify as Afro-Latinx identify as both African American and Latin. They're Africans who have roots in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The term is relatively new to some populations and not universally accepted by many. However, it's important to learn the history, culture, and tradition of this ancestry.

Search ExamplesCoquetel de Abertura do II Encontro Afro Latino

  • (Afro Latinx OR Afro Latin) AND  history AND ancestry
  • (Afro Latino) AND history and heritage
  • "Afro Latino" AND  "Spanish language"
  • "Afro Latino" AND "first generation" AND immigration

Try alternating keywords:

  • Afro-Latino
  • Afro-Latin@
  • Afro-Latin American
  • Afro-Hispanic
  • Black Hispanic
  • Black Latino
  • Afro or Black [ethnic/national group]
    • Black Puerto Rican
    • Afro- Cuban

Photo: "Coquetel de Abertura do II Encontro Afro Latino" by CulturaGovBr is licensed under CC BY 2.0