Texas TV News Looks At Tracing Roots Online
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Austin's WEAN (TV8) looked at genealogical research at the
LDS Church's Austin Family History Center, one of eight in the city, and
discovered that finding roots is faster and easier -- and free. At the
center, reporter Erica Riggins interviewed church member Allan Johnson, who
told her that genealogical research for African-Americans like Johnson was
very difficult, "You had to search through at best microfilm and actual book
records, but at best you had primarily microfilm of those old books,"
Johnson said. But since the LDS Church released the 1880 census and a CD of
the Freedman's Bank records, finding African-American ancestors is much
easier, "the search, what would have taken you weeks and years to do ... You
can do in a matter of days and sometimes instantly," said Johnson.
Tracing your family roots online
Austin TX WEAN TV8 22Jul01 US TX Aust N6
By Erica Riggins