24 September 2010: Follow Friday ~ Restore the Ancestors Project ~ Join in and make a difference.

Footnote.com, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, FamilySearch andLowcountry Africana, have joined forces to digitize every surviving estate inventory for Colonial and Charleston South Carolina from 1732 to 1872, as well as selected Bills of Sale for the same period, in a FREE collection.  When the project is complete, the names of more than 30,000 enslaved ancestors from Charleston and surrounding counties will be restored to history in a free online collection, preserved for generations to come. There are thousands of American Slaves, noted by name, listed in these estate inventories!

I just finished indexing my first 10 pages, and I plan to do more. In fact, I have committed to help with the indexing until the project is complete.  Once you’ve completed 10 pages, you can claim your Ancestors Badge to display on your blog or website. I claimed my badge today, and proudly display it here.  The more people that get involved with this project the faster this project will be complete.  Why not join the effort today.

Volunteers are needed in this indexing project.

Your contribution to indexing the records in the new free Footnote collection SC Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale, 1732-1872 will make an enormous impact.  Go to the Restore the Ancestors website to learn more and be a part of bringing the names of those American slaves into the light of family history and genealogy research! Sign up today!  We need your help and support. Please get involved!

I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time been ashamed.  ~Ralph Ellison~


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