Tuesday, April 8
The new African-American Genealogy Database at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard) is a great tool not just for family researchers but for history buffs and fans of the lost and found as well. Containing personal information on African-American men who enlisted in the U.S. Army between 1863 and 1865, it is a treasure trove of people history had forgotten. Many of these recruits were slaves and, as such, had no record of their lives -- except here. Finally available on microfilm after years of being available only in Washington, D.C., the data provide names, ages, place of birth and names of family members, all of it invaluable to amateur genealogists, all of it essential for granting humanity to men who were fighting for the right to be recognized as human beings. The official introduction of the info is at a 10 a.m. ceremony on Friday, April 4, but you can come in any time during regular library hours to get to know these fine men. How 'bout today? Call 314-994-3300 to find out more.