A new genealogy partnership means more online records for researchers with African-American roots.
Subscription website Footnote.com and free records site Lowcountry Africana are starting a new collection of estate inventories and bills of sale for Colonial and Charleston South Carolina from 1732 to 1872.
Estate inventories often name slaves that deceased owners left to heirs. Bills of sale document transactions involving slaves.
So far, just a portion—about 3 percent—of the collection is now searchable free at Footnote.
Lowcountry Africana has established an online volunteer program to create an index for this collection. To learn more about this volunteer program or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the Lowcountry Africana site.
Charleston was a port of entry for the Atlantic slave trade, so thousands of African Americans may have ancestors who came from, or traveled through, South Carolina.
African-American roots research assistance from Family Tree Magazine:
- Finding African-American Ancestors in Newspapers, a Family Tree University course taught by African-American genealogy expert Tim Pinnick
- Tracing Slave Ancestors Resource Toolkit (free article on FamilyTreeMagazine.com)
- How to trace slave ancestors, available as a Family Tree Magazine Plus article (click here for information on Family Tree Plus) and in the July 2009 Family Tree Magazine
- African-American Research Guide, a digital download from Family Tree Shop