Volunteer for DiscoverFreedmen.Org

FamilySearch has launched an amazing new project with 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.

If you haven’t heard already, a major project is underway that would benefit those conducting African American genealogy research.  It’s called DiscoverFreedmen.Org and it’s the brainchild of FamilySearch along with several other organizations. It’s an effort to index thousands of records from the government backed Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.

My geneabud Ms. Angela Walton-Raji does an awesome job detailing what these records are (so I won’t go into another blog post about them here). Do yourself and our community a favor by volunteering to help index these records.  For more on the project, view the video below or visit their website. You’ll see some familiar faces such as Ms. Angela and also Ms. Bernice of Research at the National Archives and Beyond.

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