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The digitization of African American genealogy records is allowing more Americans the chance to unlock their heritage and family history. For people of African descent, the records have not been prioritized for centuries. As a result, many have been unable to trace their genealogy past a couple of generations. But now, modern technologies are turning the tide.

Eden Cemetery in Philadelphia is one of the oldest Black-owned cemeteries in America. Eden is like walking through a book of Philadelphia's Black history, an archive of human experience. Historians and researchers there are in a race against time to preserve African American genealogy, turning analog records into searchable digital images.

For Jennifer Rencher, a multi-racial Black woman and Ancestry user, Edens research uncovered a major surprise in her family tree: an almost forgotten hero of civil rights. To discover your own story on Ancestry, head here: https://www.ancestry.com/s110358/t44530/rd.ashx?ancid=r0saca5d0a

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