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, January 21, 2011

Restore the Ancestors Welcomes Felicia R. Mathis to Advisory Board

The New Year is off to a great start at the Restore the Ancestors project!

Since the project began 8 months ago, we have been blessed by you(!) the kind, generous and enthusiastic volunteers who have responded to the call for help. We've made new friends and come to know old friends even better. Together, we're mowing our way through indexing the incredible free Footnote collection SC Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale. We thank you all so much for your contributions to this enormous volunteer effort. :0)

Today, we are pleased and honored to welcome Felicia R. Mathis to the Restore the Ancestors advisory board. Felicia will join George Geder and Angela Y. Walton Raji in raising awareness of the effort and sharing wisdom to guide the project as we go forward.

Felicia shares her own genealogy research on her blog Echoes of My Nola Past and you can find her on Twitter at @MyNolaHeritage, where she shares lots of great information on genealogy research.

In the months since she joined the project, Felicia has taken the project into her heart and stepped into a leadership role wherever she saw a need - spreading the word about the project, greeting each new volunteer personally, following the project's overall progress, sharing mad love and gratitude for our wonderful volunteers.

We are very honored to welcome Felicia to the Restore the Ancestors advisory board. Welcome, F!



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