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December 15, 2017
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
Tracing Your Roots
(2008-03-09)
(WOUB) - Many people are find it hard to trace their family roots, but as Briggs Lawrence County Adult Services Librarian Lori Shafer says that for African Americans it is even harder.

That's because prior to 1870, African Americans were slaves seen as property, not as people and the Census records don't reflect names or marriages.

That is why she has held multiple workshops and continues to help people trace their genealogy as far back as they can.

A lot of people are trying to connect themselves to their past and Shafer feels family history is important to know.

Many of her resources focus on Lawrence County and Ohio, but history of families spread across the country and she does research that also.

But African Americans are not the only people she has researched, a group called Melungans (mel-Lunn-gens) who used to be just merely legends, have also taken up focus in her research.

According to Shafer they were people located in the Tennessee Mountains that are a mix of many races and that is one of the reasons she has researched them.

Shafer and the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library have workshops and events planned this fall for genealogy.
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