History Celebrates New Show Roots With Project to Digitize Post-Slavery Documents

Will help African-American families trace their ancestors

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When immigrants came into the United States through Ellis Island or arrived on the Mayflower, it was all carefully documented so that today, family members can easily trace the arrival of their ancestors. For those with relatives that arrived on slave ships, it's much harder to trace, but a new campaign from History, "Reading for Roots," aims to help those families learn more about their ancestors by digitizing some of the important records and documents.

"Reading for Roots" was created around History's new show Roots—a four-night, eight-hour miniseries and one of Adweek's 12 TV shows you don't want to miss this summer—which debuts this weekend.

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