Reading for Roots: the digital rebuilding of a forgotten generation

reading-for-rootsThe History Channel plans the debut of Roots on Memorial Day, re-imagining the epic mini-series based upon Alex Haley’s “Roots” – while inviting everyone to participate in “Reading for Roots” – transcribing copious digitized historical records, in partnership with FamilySearch International and the Freedmen’s Bureau Project.

Following the emancipation of slaves in the United States of America, The Freedmen’s Bureau assisted close to 4 million former slaves on the road to U.S. citizenship. The names and dates included in these records form a rich source of genealogical and historical information. You can help connect millions of individuals with their family history!

The premier of  History Channel’s “Roots” is on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30.

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