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Sent on Mormon-News: 26Feb01

By Kent Larsen

Church Going All-Out at Today's Press Conference

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The LDS Church's press conference today announcing the release of its "Freedman's Bank" CD-ROM will be a major news event, if the Church's plans are any indication. The press conference will be held simultaneously in 13 different locations, including Washington DC's National Press Club. Attending the conference in addition to LDS Church officials will be US Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Senator Harry Reid, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Reginald Washington, a genealogy specialist at the National Archives.

News of the announcement already made the news in many newspapers in the US. The CD-ROM contains the records of the Freedman's Bank, a post-civil war institution created to assist newly freed slaves. At its peak, the bank held more than $57 million in deposits, and its records include the ancestors of an estimated eight to 10 million African Americans.

According to the LDS Church, the CD-ROM contains the single largest database of lineage-linked African-American records. And William Haley, son of "Roots" author Alex Haley, says that the Freedman's Bank records may be the "Rosetta Stone" that unlocks African-American ancestry during the post-civil-war period.


Major Announcement Concerning African-American Ancestry and Roots; Records from 19th Century to be Released Monday
USNewswire 22Feb01 N6


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