Reclaiming Our African Roots

August 6, 2020  - by 
a grandmother reads with her family.

This page serves as a resource and update center for the many projects and partnerships coming in support of R.O.A.R. Check back here frequently!

What Is “Reclaiming Our African Roots”?

The year 2019 marked the 400th anniversary of the landing of the first documented Africans in English North America. In support of this milestone in American history, FamilySearch International along with partners in the African American genealogical community launched an initiative called “Reclaiming Our African Roots” (R.O.A.R). Learn about the objective of R.O.A.R. and FamilySearch’s efforts with the African diaspora in a webinar hosted by Thom Reed, FamilySearch’s deputy chief genealogical officer.

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10 Steps to Begin Reclaiming Your African Roots Now

The best way to get involved with this project is to begin uncovering your own family history.

The desire to navigate your identity and heritage can be easily overwhelmed by an onslaught of information and resources. Tackling your family history does not have to be complicated if you follow the right steps. This handout is designed to help you follow a step-by-step process on how to get started effectively.

Additional Resources to Further Your Family History

African American Genealogy Research Community Page—FamilySearch Communities allows you to join groups of likeminded people. These communities give you a place to ask and answer questions, share resources, and receive the latest updates on topics that interest you.

FamilySearch Wiki Page on African American Genealogy—The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a free, online genealogy and family history guide. It lists websites, provides research strategies, and suggests records and resources to help you find ancestors from all over the world.

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  1. This application es perfect, easy, the format of entry information es very beatifuly, the objective es fantastic,
    tanks very much.

  2. This is all great info and really helps with getting started on family history. I’m currently working on a committee that is organizing an African American Family History Fair. Would it be ok to share Thom Reeds Webinar as one of the “classes”? Do you have any other resources that you think may be helpful to our committee? Thank you!

    1. Alisha, thank you for your interest. You can definitely use the video for your upcoming fair. Note, we received such an overwhelming response for support that we completed our first round of projects are working to add new ones.

      We have two FamilySearch indexing projects that will aid people of African descent in the Caribbean if you care to help us. Here is a link to the Caribbean Civil Registration project:!/ and here is the link to the Caribbean Church Records project:!/.

      To stay informed about other FamilySearch projects and initiatives for people of African descent, I also recommend you opt-in to our email list here: Please share these links with others who have similar interests as yours.