Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Website of the Week

Photo courtesy Freedmen's Bureau Project

Freedmen’s Bureau Project 

Discovering your ancestry can be very interesting and rewarding. But, for people who descend from former slaves, it can be a difficult and even impossible endeavor. The Freedmen’s Bureau Project is a new attempt to shed light on the ancestry of people who were bound by slavery.

Search by first and last name to see how far you can trace your lineage. Make a family tree and add stories and photos to ensure the legacy of your family continues on forever. In addition to searching for ancestry, this project offers individuals the opportunity to participate in making more records accessible.

“To help bring thousands of records to light, the Freedmen’s Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro¬-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum.”

Review by Lauren McFall, SWC Librarian

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