Genealogy Documentary ‘Railroad Ties’

A genealogy documentary is available online.

In Railroad Ties, six descendants of slaves and abolitionists come together to explore their shared lineage (spoiler: four of them turned out to be related to one another.)

The video is sponsored by and features renowned historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr. The film interweaves powerful personal moments with contextual historical anecdotes.

You can watch the documentary on YouTube at or in the video below.


I had shared the link on Facebook last January, it just showed up in my “memories” two days ago! It’s an amazing short film documentary which features six descendants of fugitive slaves and abolitionists coming together in Brooklyn to discover more about their lineage. The film fits in an extraordinary amount of history, as well as the genealogy ties, in just twenty-three minutes.
I learned quite a bit of new information on Underground Railroad history, which is fascinating to me since I grew up with that part of history all around me in Chester & Lancaster Counties in PA. There’s an historic home/mansion, now a B&B, a couple of miles from me. I took photos of it for our historical society and in one of the bedroom closets, there’s a small trap door in the floor and you can see where they hid until they were moved to the next stop. The Christiana Riot, Resistance as it’s now called, took place in 1851 about 6 miles from me. Fascinating, can never get enough history!!
This was a very moving documentary ~ well worth watching (I watch it over again every so often).


I watched the ‘trailer’ and it is not a trailer but the full movie, same as on Amazon Prime. It was an excellent film. I’m from Brooklyn (living in Michigan) and never knew about Plymouth Church. Worth watching.


Wonderful piece…Thank You!


Apparently not available in Canada


Additionally, the first pastor of Plymouth Church, Henry Ward Beecher, was Harriet Beecher Stowe’s brother. Enjoyed the documentary very much.


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