Valuing personal freedom for everyone, abolitionists truly believed that “All men are created equal.” They fought fiercely to end the institution of slavery, and through the cooperation of many, American slavery was abolished in 1865. One of the most important tools of the Abolitionist Movement was the printed word. Beginning in the 1830s, anti-slavery advocates printed countless numbers of newspapers, pamphlets and books that challenged the slave system.
For a basic family tree, click here.
Tips for Collecting a Family Oral HistoryThe best source of family history is always family. If you have any living grandparents, by all means start there! Aunts and uncles are also great sources of information, and of course your parents. But your family is larger than you think – your parents’ first cousins will also have information about earlier generations.
How do I start?
Getting Started in Family History
Our free Family Search Center in the John P. Parker Library is a great place to get started with family research. But if you can't visit, here are some tools from Family Search to get you started:
Start with what you already know, write it down, and work back gradually to earlier generations. Don’t worry right now about “how far back you can get”—start at home. Interview your parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Seek out old photos. Then you can add information from other sources.
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Have you ever been interested in discovering your family's origins, but never had the tools? Now you can take advantage of the FREE family history resources available at the FamilySearch Center at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Volunteers provide free, personalized assistance in tracing your family tree.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Directions to Main Entrance (see below for parking info).
Telephone: 513.333.7500 or 877.648.4838
The Freedom Center is handicap accessible, call 513.333.7504 for details.
Visitors come from across the United States and many countries to experience the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in person.
We hope you will consider a visit with us soon, to experience our immersive exhibits that share the stories of freedom's heroes from yesterday and today.
PLEASE NOTE: We recommend leaving backpacks, large bags and large umbrellas in your car or at your hotel. To ensure the safety of the collection, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center does not permit visitors to carry bags on their backs in the exhibits.