This week we'll be talking about all the ways this collection is helping restore the African American past in South Carolina. Today we start with the most remarkable aspect of this new collection:
This is the entire run of estate inventories for 140 seamless years of SC history! The collection contains every surviving estate inventory for Colonial South Carolina and Charleston District, from 1732-1872.
If an Ancestor was ever listed in an estate inventory in Charleston and that document survives, it is in this new, FREE Footnote collection.
Ponder 140 years of seamless history for:
- Enslaved Communities on South Carolina plantations
- Free African Americans in Charleston
- European American families in South Carolina
140 years of history. Generations of enslaved and free Ancestors. Records for enslaved communities on specific plantations across one and 1/2 centuries.
These documents were hibernating on microfilm until now - until YOU. We may never know the full impact of your indexing efforts because they will continue to unfold for future generations. That's a pretty good thought to begin our series exploring this incredible document collection.
Did we mention that Footnote.com is our hero? They took on the expense of digitizing and hosting the 23,000 pages in this collection without placing a single image behind a subscription wall. These records are free, and will remain free. :0)
Here's where you can view the new FREE collection SC Estate Inventories, 1732-1872.
Most important, it is through your volunteer efforts that these records will be indexed and made searchable on Footnote.com and Internet search engines such as Google. If you have volunteered to index records, please accept our sincere gratitude. If you are ready to volunteer, you can go right here to sign up!