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Vancouver man’s family tree a window into African American history

By , Columbian staff reporter
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Ron Jefferson of Vancouver, who has spent years tracing his lineage back to enslaved ancestors, talks about his family's history at his home. Twelve years ago he joined ancestry.com -- now he has over 5,000 connections.
Ron Jefferson of Vancouver, who has spent years tracing his lineage back to enslaved ancestors, talks about his family's history at his home. Twelve years ago he joined ancestry.com -- now he has over 5,000 connections. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Decorated with framed photos, timelines, Army medals and awards, Ron Jefferson’s “man cave” has become home to memorabilia from his past 12 years of research — creating a family tree that now has more than 5,000 connections on ancestry.com.

What started as curiosity about his dad’s side of the family quickly evolved into years of research and travel as Jefferson began to learn more and more about not only his own family history, but the history of African American people he was not taught in school.

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Columbian staff reporter