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.

Claim Your Ancestors Badge

     Thank you so much for indexing 10 pages of SC estate inventories, to restore the names of the Ancestors to the historical record. Now you can tell the world you did, by claiming your Restore the Ancestors Badge.

     Below are three different sizes of the Restore the Ancestors badge for your blog or website to wear proudly. Please accept the badge with our sincere thanks. Your efforts make a tremendous difference now, and will for future generations.



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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!


The I Did 100 badge!

Have you indexed more than 100 pages of SC Estate Inventories? We would like to thank you for your enormous contribution with the I Did 100 badge!


Here's a neat little graphic you can also place on your blog or website:


So many thanks to the following volunteers who have indexed 100 or more pages:

Felicia R. Mathis
Andi Durbin
Connie Wahlstrom
William Durbin

The I Did 200 Badge!

Have you indexed 200 pages or more of SC Estate Inventories?

If so, we would like to thank you for your incredible contribution to restoring the Ancestors to the historical record! You may claim your I did 200 badge below:


Here's another little graphic your blog or website can proudly wear:



The I Did 300 Badge!

Have you indexed 300 pages or more of SC Estate Inventories?

We invite you to claim your I Did 300 badge with our sincere gratitude:


Here's an extra graphic for your website or blog:


We sincerely thank the following volunteers who have indexed 300 pages or more:

Penny Worley

The I Did 400 Badge!

Have you indexed 400 or more pages of SC Estate Inventories?

We invite you to claim your I Did 400 badge with our sincere gratitude!


Here's an additional graphic for your website or blog!


We sincerely thank the following volunteers who have indexed 400 pages or more:

Sheri Fenley
Nancy Berry


The I Did 500 Badge!


Have you indexed 500 or more pages of SC Estate Inventories? We are profoundly grateful to you for your remarkable dedication to restoring the Ancestors. Please claim your I Did 500 badge below:


Here is another neat graphic you can proudly add to your website or blog:


We offer our profound thanks to these volunteers who have indexed 500 pages or more:

Alana Thevenet
Khalisa Jacobs
Sheri Fenley
William Durant

 
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