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.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Preservinators Reunite to Restore Ancestors

In October of 2009, officials in Sumter County, Florida proposed to relocate an historic African American cemetery in order to clear the way for an industrial park. A miraculous thing happened when their plans were made known - members of the Internet genealogy, history and preservation communities came together to unite their voices with descendants whose loved ones were at rest in the Lake Panasoffkee Cemetery.

With a single voice, we urged Sumter County Administrators to abandon the plan and preserve this historic cemetery. And it worked. Sumter County abandoned the plan to relocate the cemetery and created a preservation easement around it, so the cemetery will not be endangered again.

For want of a name to describe this community that banded together for a cause, we jokingly referred to ourselves as the Preservinators.

Well Genfriends, three of the Preservinators have now reunited to bring you the Restore the Ancestors Project. 

George Geder, Angela Y. Walton-Raji and Toni Carrier are once again scheming and dreaming, this time to rock this effort to restore the names of more than 30,000 enslaved Ancestors in South Carolina. 

And once again the Internet genealogy family is banding together to achieve an important goal. We sincerely thank everyone who has volunteered and indexed records. Your efforts are already having an enormous impact. In the two months since the project launched, three descendants have found ancestors in these records, as a direct result of your hard work.

Look out world, the Preservinators are back!


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