Need help finding your roots? Sacramento’s Family Life Center, in concert with the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC), celebrates Juneteenth, 3-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at the Secretary of State Building Auditorium.

Free technicians will help individuals start the process of building a family tree and finding their relatives. The recent digitization of records provided by The Smithsonian and the Freedmen’s Bureau Project now give millions of African Americans new tools to discover their roots. This year’s event also focuses on Gold Rush-era migrations and the pivotal role freed Black miners played in Northern California.

Presenters include Sen. Steven Bradford, chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus; a Greater Sacramento African American Genealogical Society representative on “How to get started with Black Family History”; a state library representative offering a “Description of Black Gold Rush Lithographs”; Jon Burgess of the California African American Gold Rush Historical Association presenting “Rufus Burgess — My family story — Gold Rush community builder”; and Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer Sr. on “The importance of  telling our stories in a time of change.”  For more information, visit