Finding out exactly where you came from can be tough, but it can be worse when it comes to tracing African American genealogy. That is because of the lack of public records and the absence of legal surnames for slaves.
"With African American there are those whose history involves free ancestors versus slave ancestors," said Beth Ferrara, manager of the Chesterfield County Public Library.
Ferrara says helping people research their history is important any time of year, but she says black history month is an even better time to African Americans find out where they came from. She says library employees are ready to help.
This Saturday the library will bring in the president of the Chesterfield Historical Society to discuss her own experiences in researching her roots and provide guidance to those who are looking to do the same.
So how exactly will the library help?
"A lot of tools locally, a lot of tools on line. It's a growing area and as more African Americans start recording their family history and putting it online and putting them out there for other people. not only is is good for the process and people learning how to do it but they're finding more connections roofer said.