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The Greater Sacramento Area African American Family History committee's objective is one of progressively expanding awareness of the community's thirst for education and knowledge about one's ancestry and promoting the methods of researching family roots. Since 2006, the annual Family History Seminar has provided just the right blend of introductory instruction in genealogy, black history, and the current technology for advanced research.

The seminar timing of being presented each March is a strategy capturing the residual fervor aroused each February when Black History Month is celebrated throughout the nation. With its track record of consistently high caliber program delivery, the African American Family History Seminar is a yearly coming together of genealogy devotees from the Greater Sacramento Region, the Bay Area, and the Central Valley. Testimonials have sung the praises of the Seminar's value to hundreds of people each year. Comments such as "it was fantastic, great for beginners", "instructors were engaging and wellinformed", "very well organized", "all sessions were excellent", "wonderful gift of knowledge", "extraordinary conference".

For more information on African American Family History research options, becoming a volunteer, committee member or sponsor contact:

For general Family History and Genealogy assistance contact the Sacramento FamilySearch Library at


March 11, 2017



  • Author - Finding Samuel Lowe
  • Producer - Documentary Finding Samuel Lowe
  • Owner - The Africa Channel, TV Network
  • Executive (Retired) - NBC Universal
  • Journalist
  • Businesswoman
  • Family Historian

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The Freedmen's Bureau Project
"Discover Your Roots Using the Freedmen's Bureau Project"

Emancipation freed nearly 4 million slaves. The Freedmen's Bureau was established to help transition them from slavery to citizenship, providing food, housing, education, and medical care. And for the first time in U.S. history, the names of those individuals were systematically recorded and preserved for future generations.

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Freedmen's Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum.