Following the Presidential election of Barack Obama, Public Broadcasting featured an interview with an African-American woman whose father was born a slave. For someone alive in the 21st century and so close to slavery in the United States, her pedigree spanned but two generations before special research techniques and methodology need to be implemented for her genealogy. For younger African-Americans, their slave forebears may well be their great-great-great-grandparents.
As with any election, pedigrees of the candidates and now of the American President-elect will generate renewed interest in the subject of African-American genealogy. Our 44th President will preside over the sesquicentennial celebration of the Civil War in 2011 and the bicentenary of the War of 1812 in 2012. He typifies the offspring of thousands of biracial families in the genealogical fabric of our country today.
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