African American Lives
Analyzing the Evidence
The Science and the Investigators
Who am I? A Genealogy Guide
Sharing Stories
For Educators
About the Series

Analyzing the Evidence

Get a closer look at the documents and photographs behind AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES.

Photographs, diaries, legal documents, and letters -- evidence of the past, left behind by those who lived it -- can be extremely valuable tools for understanding the lives, legacies, and stories of our ancestors and the worlds in which they lived. Uncovering evidence like this is always exciting, but these documents may not always be what they seem at first glance. Only by carefully examining these artifacts can skilled researchers unlock important clues about the past.

Click on the documents above to test your knowledge, and to get tips on preserving your own family heritage.

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