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.

Friday, October 22, 2010

I Did 50 Badge

Introducing ... the I Did 50 Badge!

Did you index 10 pages of SC Estate Inventories, then decide to stay and index more? We are so very grateful if you did, but until now we have not had a special way to thank you for your contribution. Well now we do! If you have indexed 50 or more pages, you can proudly claim your I Did 50 badge with our sincere gratitude.

Here is another nifty little graphic you can post on your blog or website:

We thank the following volunteers who have indexed 50 pages or more:

Felicia R. Mathis
Fran Ellsworth
Jeanette Williams
Jennifer Stokes
Jessica Keifer
Kristin Williams
Leslie Ann Ballou
Lori English
Sandra J. Taliaferro
Vicky Daviss-Mitchell
Vivian Nicholson
Whitney McKim

Sincere thanks for your contribution,  from the crew at Restore the Ancestors!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Volunteer Discoveries, Week Ending Oct 15

Check out the amazing documents our volunteers discovered this week! Many, many thanks to you, our fabulous volunteers!

Enslaved Ancestors on 4 Plantations of James McPherson, Beaufort, SC, 1834 Indexed by Sandra J. Taliaferro

Slaves in the Estate of William Small, St James Santee, Charleston, SC 1834 Indexed by Sandra J. Taliaferro

106 Slaves in the Estate of Arnoldus Bonneau, Charleston, SC, 1820 Indexed by Felicia R. Mathis

206 Slaves in the Estate of James Clark, Edisto Island, SC, 1820 Indexed by Felicia R. Mathis

416 Slaves, Estate of Thomas Horry, Charleston and Georgetown, SC, 1820 Indexed by Felicia R. Mathis

Slaves in the Estate of Alexander Robert Chisolm, SC and GA, 1827 Indexed by Felicia R. Mathis

In these 6 documents, the names of more than 1,000 enslaved ancestors have been restored to the historical record. Thank you San and Felicia!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thank You to These Volunteers Who Finished Their 10!

We are so happy to thank the following volunteers who have finished their 10 and claimed their Ancestors Badges!

Carol (@webduck on Twitter)

Michael Daugherty

Robin Foster (@savingstories on Twitter)

Sandra Taliaferro (@sjtaliaferro on Twitter)

Thomas MacEntee (@geneabloggers on Twitter)

Please wear your Ancestors Badges proudly, with our sincere thanks!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

This Week's Volunteer Document Discoveries!

Here is a list of documents that YOU (!) our wonderful volunteers, discovered this week! Amazing discoveries just keep coming and all because of YOUR hard work! We cherish your contribution.

You may have noticed Alana's name on many document discoveries. Alana Thevenet is the Co-Director of Lowcountry Africana and the Africana Heritage Project. She now adds Indexing Coordinator Extraordinaire to her list of accomplishments!

Very many thanks to Felicia Mathis, Robin Foster and Khalisa Jacobs for their hard work this week, and their wonderful document discoveries!

This Week's Discoveries:

Slaves at the Chachan Plantation of Francis Cordes, Berkeley, SC, 1856 Indexed by Alana
173 Slaves at Spring Plains Plantation of Francis Cordes, Sumter, SC, 1856 Indexed by Alana
Slaves in the Estate of Mary Price, Charleston, SC, 1855 Indexed by Alana
4 Generations of Slaves on Motte and Broughton Plantations, Berkeley, SC Indexed by Felicia R. Mathis
Sale of Enslaved Ancestors, Estate of Daniel G Joye, Charleston, SC, 1853 Indexed by Robin Foster
Sale of Slaves in the Estate of Robert M. Allen, Charleston, SC, 1840 Indexed by Felicia Mathis
135 Enslaved Ancestors at the White Hall Plantation of Thomas Porcher, 1843 Indexed by Alana
Enslaved Ancestors, Goshen Plantation of Thos Porcher, Berkeley, SC, 1843 Indexed by Alana
306 Slaves in the Estate of John J Pringle, Georgetown, SC, 1843 Indexed by Alana
Slaves at Eldorado and Fannymead Plantations of Mrs. F.M Pinckney, SC, 1843 Indexed by Alana
Slaves at Fairfield and Moreland Plantations of Thos Pinckney, Berkeley, SC Indexed by Khalisa Jacobs
John Carmille of Charleston Seeks to Free His Enslaved Wife & Children Indexed by Alana

Peace and Blessings,
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