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Freedmen’s Bureau Records Project

Would you like to help family historians and genealogist expand their family tree?  You can by participating in the Freedmen’s Bureau Records Project and help to  index nearly 4 million records to make them searchable online.

Freedmen’s Bureau records are a treasure trove for family historians and genealogist researching their African American ancestors.  The Freedmen’s Bureau was created in 1865 to assist formerly enslaved individuals and war refugees become productive members of society. The Bureau reunited families, opened schools, managed hospitals, provided food and clothing ,as well as, offered marriages certificates for couples who were cohabitating as husband and wife. The Bureau’s records are on microfilm and contain information on an estimated four million individuals.  The majority of the records are not indexed and therefore are very difficult to access.

The records are the property of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  FamilySearch purchased the microfilms and has rights to digitally publish and index them. They have partnered with several organizations for a national project to index the Freedmen’s Bureau Records. It will take tens of thousands of volunteers to complete the indexing in the desired 18 months.

I am participating in the Freedmen’s Bureau Project and am urging you to do the same.  Indexing is fairly simple and any amount of time you can give will be valuable.    Even if you can only give a few minutes a day, the time adds up and together we can accomplish this task.   Please join me in helping to make these important records searchable online.

To learn more about the project visit  www.DiscoverFreedmen.org

Here is a video from the site explaining the value of the project.

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