“We are a part of everything that is beneath us, above us, and around us.  Our past is our present, our present is our future, and our future is seven generations past and present.”
— Winona LaDuke


We hope our project inspires audience members to begin the process of researching their own family histories and to dialogue with others about the social meaning and consequences of “race” in their own lives and communities. Our intention is to help people of all groups break through the interracial communication barriers that stand in the way of the cooperative action necessary to heal the wounds caused by the history of racism in this country. Some tools for beginning these processes are available below:

Family History Books:
Free Online Sources:
Paid subscription service

Local Libraries and Archives:
Check your local listings for family history libraries, state archives, local historical and genealogical societies, and regional offices of the National Archives.

DNA Testing

And don’t forget…
If you’re new to family history, remember to start with yourself and then interview the oldest members of your family first! Also, try to identify the states and counties your family members came from and check with the local courthouses in those counties for wills, inventories, and land records.

Website by Jay Scherberth

OEL graphic by Amanda Barnes

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