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.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

We Are Thankful for You

This Thanksgiving is very special, we have so much to be thankful for at Restore the Ancestors.

Quite simply, we are thankful for YOU.

For all of you who have come and made this project a success, 10 pages of indexing at a time. 10 pages at a time, you have now indexed more than 4,600 pages. In those pages you have made 184,791 annotations. You have turned this small indexing project into the mouse that roars, and we are sincerely grateful for your contributions.

We are thankful for Angela Y. Walton-Raji and George Geder, our advisory board members who have worked so hard to make this project a reality.

For Cheryl Palmer, our very first volunteer, who patiently and cheerfully worked through startup technical difficulties.

For Carol Wilkerson and Thomas MacEntee, who have poured their hearts into raising awareness of the project.

For Felicia Mathis, who stepped into a leadership role and makes it a point to thank every volunteer claiming their Ancestors badge.

For Alana Thevenet, our Co-Director, who coordinates the overall indexing progress, frets over every new microfilm that's posted for indexing, and blazes through pages like nobody's business.

For Penny Worley, Sheri Fenley and Khalisa Jacobs, who came on Day 1 and have stayed ever since.

For everyone who has come and indexed 10 pages and taken great care with the records.

Ultimately, it's not about pages and annotations, it's about restoring the names of tens of thousands of enslaved ancestors to the historical record.

For the hours and the heart and soul you have poured into restoring the ancestors, we thank you with all our hearts, and we wish you a safe, warm and happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for YOU.  :0)


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