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Dec 23

African American Slave Records and Census

Posted to Local History Notes on December 23, 2019 at 3:38 PM by Jenny Levins

I once asked a coworker if she had ever traced her family tree. She replied no, saying, “I don’t want to find out that my ancestors were slaves.” Researching her family tree meant having to face a painful truth. Like most African Americans in the United States she was likely a descendant of slaves forcibly brought here through the Atlantic slave trade. Between 10 and 12.5 million Africans were brought to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. A website at has information on over 36,000 slave ship voyages and identifies 91,491 slaves taken from captured slave ships or African trading sites. 

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Dec 23

1940 Census is Released

Posted to Local History Notes on December 23, 2019 at 1:43 PM by Jenny Levins

The Great American Census of 1940 was released to the public for the first time through the Internet at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 2, 2012. 

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