S03 E08: African American Genealogy: Should descendants of enslaved people pay to access genealogical databases?

400 years of systemic identity erasure poses formidable challenges for the descendants of enslaved Africans in the U.S. Black Americans continue to earn significantly less than Caucasian Americans. It can cost thousands of dollars to research just 1 enslaved family line. This raises a genealogical ethical question for for-profit online genealogical databases and bricks-and-mortar archives and repositories: Should descendants of enslaved people pay to access genealogical databases?

In this episode, we discussed the ethics of charging the descendants of the enslaved to uncover their family’s history.

We also included two working examples of enslaved people’s genealogical research to give a glimpse into the complexity of this unique kind of genealogical research in the U.S.


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