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A totally free site for archiving documents, oral histories and records naming African Americans who were enslaved.

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Comment by George Geder on September 27, 2010 at 10:02am
Do you have 'Blended Families' or "Multicultural Families" in your ancestry?

Read and share your thoughts at
Comment by Joyce Reese McCollum on July 22, 2010 at 9:54pm
33,000 S.C. Estates/Wills
Slaves named You can help put them online for details.
Records will be forever free online at
Comment by Lowcountry Africana on October 20, 2009 at 10:56pm
New How-To Article in Michael Hait's Lowcountry Africana Resource Library: Corroborating Evidence

In Michael Hait's previous entry of his column, he examined the Freedmen's Bank deposit slip for an African-American man named Robert S. Tarleton. In his latest article, Michael examines federal census records to learn more information on Robert Tarleton and his family.

First, he considers the source on its own merits, just as he did previously with the Bank record. then, he compares the information in the census to the information in the Freedmen's Bank record. Learn how to apply this research method to your own family research:

Michael Hait's Lowcountry Africana Resource Library: Corroborating ...

Be sure to visit Michael's Resource Library for sound advice on how to conduct an ancestor search in the Lowcountry!

Toni :0)
Comment by Lowcountry Africana on September 6, 2009 at 8:41pm
New Lowcountry Africana Content!

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying a great holiday weekend. We have posted new content to Lowcountry Africana:

Dr. A.E. Gibbes: Former Slaveholder of Samuel Gibbes, Sampson Fenwi...

Historical Contexts: History of the Freedmen's Bureau in SC

Hope there is a tidbit here for your research!

LCA Crew
Comment by Toni Carrier on August 29, 2009 at 1:03pm
Hope everyone is enjoying a great weekend! We have just rolled out a tremendous new block of content in the Lowcountry Africana Research Library; more than 100 Freedmen's Labor Contracts for Colleton County, 1866 as well as Bureau Land Reports which identify final slaveholders in Colleton County and provide insight on conditions there at the close of the war:

Freedmen's Labor Contracts, Colleton County, South Carolina, 1866

Final Slaveholders, Colleton County, South Carolina

Happy Ancestor Hunting from the Crew at Lowcountry Africana!
Comment by Quan Pruitt on August 19, 2009 at 7:53am
Find out the history of the plantation how who the last owner was. If it was kept in a single family line try to locate someone from that family to see if they still have old records. Google documents to see if the plantation left records to the archives, state library or a university. If it was a large plantation then and still family owned someone in the family held on to the history of the place.
Comment by Toni Carrier on August 19, 2009 at 12:21am
Hi Everyone,
It's Toni from Lowcountry Africana, we just found a remarkable Freedmen's labor contract for Colleton County, SC that breaks through the 1870 Brick Wall by positively connecting a freed person with a surname to the final slaveholder. In this case the document links Moses Gedos' wife Margret to former slaveholder D.R. Postell. It is posted to our blog:


Comment by Joyce Reese McCollum on July 25, 2009 at 3:43pm
Unless the plantation owners family kept records, there would seem to be no way to determine the names of those buried there. Have you any idea of the age of the the gravestones or whatever the numbers are on? Can you supply the name of the plantation or its owners? With that information perhaps the state archives or historical society may be able to provide more info. Check out www.africanaheritage or and see the methods employed to research and identify slaves at Magnolia Gardens plantation.
Please keep me informed on this cemetery and its history. You might also try a Google search for African American Cemeteries Online or the Chicora foundation. Both will be on a list of links at either of the above websites.
Thanks for sharing with us. Your question points to the need to locate, record and preserve "abandoned cemeteries". You are doing a good thing with your photography. I hope someone is transcribing the tombstone data.
Peace & Love
Comment by Kathy Fuller on July 25, 2009 at 2:04pm
Hi Joyce,
While on Porsha Williams site I saw yours. I started the site. We photograph cemeteries in Arkansas. We have come across a cemetery that used to be a plantation and all the slaves were buried with just a number. Is there any way to find out who they were?
Comment by Joyce Reese McCollum on July 25, 2009 at 11:34am
I am seeking family oral histories to post online at Afriquest. If there are documents
(census, death certificate,marriage certificates etc:) please include them. For examples go to and check out shared documents.

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