Greetings Genfriends, Wonderful Volunteers,
We are sure you must have a million questions in the wake of today's announcement that Ancestry.com will acquire iArchives, the parent company of Footnote.com. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise to us as well.
The wonderful folks at Footnote.com have reassured us that nothing will change for this project. Footnote.com will continue to operate as it does now and, blessedly, our collaboration agreement calls for index and images to remain free, not behind a subscription wall.
I do know this - faith and focus brought us this far and will carry us forward. The Ancestors will continue to emerge.
And you can bet that the moment we have further news we will share it right here with YOU, who are the heart, soul and driving force of this project. Your efforts are already having an enormous impact - three descendants have found ancestors because of the incredible work you are doing.
For now, we plan to do exactly what the title of this post says: Keep the Faith and Stay the Course.
Peace and Blessings,
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.