Posting Plantation Records
Africana Heritage Project scours plantation journals to re-create slave family trees.

Descendants of slaves from Charleston, SC's Magnolia Plantation <>, as well as other properties operated by the Drayton family, may soon get help breaking through the brick wall African-American genealogists often encounter at the Civil War.

With funding from the plantation foundation, volunteers with the University of South Florida's Africana Heritage Project <> will pore over the Draytons' plantation journals to re-create slaves' family trees. The family files will be posted as free GEDCOMs on the genealogy wiki WeRelate <>. Africana Heritage Project founder Toni Carrier says that's happening gradually as the research progresses.