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genealogy

Cheryl Garnett and Omer Jean Winborn pose in front of a brick wall
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

When you decide to dig into your family's roots, the typical approach is to track down your ancestors' birth and death certificates. Maybe you head to a county office or a local church to dig up marriage records. But that's not always an option for African-Americans whose roots date back to American slavery, when family ties meant nothing to slave owners and families were routinely ripped apart.