Welcome to the Restore the Ancestors Project!

This project is a collaboration between Fold3 (Formerly Footnote.com), the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, FamilySearch and Lowcountry Africana, 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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Why Indexing Matters: 1,648 Slaves in the Estate of Nathaniel Heyward, Charleston, Colleton and Beaufort Counties, SC

Your contribution to indexing the new FREE Footnote Collection South Carolina Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale, 1732-1872 makes an enormous difference.

Please visit our Why Indexing Matters Page to see why!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Our Volunteers Speak!

Have you volunteered to index records in this free Footnote collection? Would you like to tell readers why you felt it was important to do so?

If you would like to share your thoughts, you can add a comment to this post.

Your efforts make an enormous difference and will for generations to come!

More Than Names: How Individual Documents Can Bring the Pieces Together

In one of the most incredible discoveries yet in the new FREE Footnote Collection South Carolina Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale, 1732-1872, volunteer Aaron recently discovered a list of 1,648 slaves on 15 plantations of Nathaniel Heyward, made in June of 1851.

This document is remarkable in its own right, with the vast amount of information it reveals. But it also creates bridges between several documents already available to the research community. Together, the documents span the last generation of enslaved ancestors on Heyward family plantations.
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