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Congressional Leader Receives African American Family History


“It's really important to know not just who you are, but from which you've come,” said Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were in Washington, D.C., to present U.S. Rep. Fudge with a copy of her family history Tuesday, May 2, 2017. She is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, an organization representing the African American members of the United States Congress.

For blacks in America, researching their family history can be a challenge since records of their ancestors may not exist prior to 1870. Last year, that search got a little easier with the completion of the indexing of the historic Freedmen’s Bureau Records by FamilySearch International, a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Church.