Quest for Answers

Quest for Answers

African American family historians can give each other a research boost through a free online genealogy database called AfriQuest.

Starting in spring of 2008, African American family historians can give each other a research boost through a free online genealogy database called AfriQuest.

The site’s sponsors, which include genealogy wiki WeRelate <werelate.org> and the University of South Florida’s Africana Heritage Project <www.africanaheritage.com>, aim to make it a central repository for African-American research. It’ll include records already on Africana Heritage, Magnolia Plantation papers being digitized for the Lowcountry Africana <lowcountryafricana.net> Web site, and documents researchers submit (see the Web site for how-tos).

In addition, says project director Toni Carrier, “We’re gathering many records in the public domain: Freedmen’s Bureau records, Freedman’s Bank records, county-level will and probate records, deeds, bills of sale, marriage and death records, court records and more.”

She estimates AfriQuest will debut with 4,000 to 5,000 records — all free “now and in years to come.” They’ll be searchable via volunteer-requiring created indexes. Family history site webmasters also can add an AfriQuest search box to their sites or use AfriQuest as their primary document database.
 
From the March 2008 issue of Family Tree Magazine.  

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