Restore the Ancestors Project Blog

restore the ancestors

I will be mentioning over 10 newly-discovered genealogy blogs later this morning, but I want to take a minute to mention a new African-American genealogy blog that should merit everyone’s attention in the genealogy community.

Restore the Ancestors Project blog is part of the social media effort for an indexing project to restore the names of 30,000 enslaved ancestors in the Charleston, South Carolina area.

A joint effort between Footnote.com, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and Lowcountry Africana, the Restore the Ancestors Project seeks 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.”

Congratulations to Toni Carrier of Lowcountry Africana and the Restore the Ancestors Project advisory board members George Geder and Angela Walton-Raji for all their hard work on this much needed endeavor.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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