The Freedmen’s Bureau Project is helping African Americans reconnect with the Civil War-era ancestors. Join this project and help restore thousands of records.
Emancipation freed nearly 4 million slaves. The Freedmen’s Bureau was established to help transition them from slavery to citizenship, providing food, housing, education, and medical care. And for the first time in U.S. history, the names of those individuals were systematically recorded and preserved for future generations.
Discover Your Roots Using Freedmen’s Bureau Records
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.
Tens of thousands of volunteers are needed to make these records searchable online. No specific time commitment is required, and anyone may participate. Volunteers simply log on, pull up as many scanned documents as they like, and enter the names and dates into the fields provided. Once published, information for millions of African Americans will be accessible, allowing families to build their family trees and connect with their ancestors.
Every name brings us closer to completing this project. The progress meter shows what percentage of the records we’ve indexed so far. But there’s still more work to do. See how you can get involved today to help millions discover their roots.
Presently, the Project is 45% complete- Volunteer Now
Reminder- CCGS meeting at 1:30 pm – Coweta Genealogical Society – 8 Carmichael Street Newnan, Ga.
with all current browsers. Users are no longer required to download the DjVu plugin to view newspaper images
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The full announcement
The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the re-release of the enhanced Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive:
The Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive is now compatible with all current browsers and provides access to issues from 1808 to 1920 without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads. Consisting of over 49,000 newspaper pages, the website provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. Because Milledgeville served as the state capital from 1804 to 1868, during the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods in the state’s history, the site will provide researchers with particular historical insight into Georgia politics during the nineteenth century.
The Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive is a website in the Digital Library of Georgia, a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia.
Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the West Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1843-1942), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1819-1880), the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1850-1922), theColumbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html
Genealogy Expo- sponsored by the Savannah River Valley Genealogical Society, Hartwell, Georgia – Saturday March 12 2016 -Hart County Adult Learning Center next to the Hart County Library- 150 Benson St. Hartwell, Ga. -10:00 am- 2:00 pm –
11:30- Guest Speaker Presentation- Our speaker will be Becky Sherman from the Georgia Archives and will be speaking on the holdings and what is available at the Georgia Archives.
Groups or individuals may have tale space to share information.
Visit http://www.srvg.org or http://www.srvgs.wordpress.com or visit our facebook page.
Carroll County Genealogical Society Spring Workshop
April 2 1016 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Carroll County Veterans Building -1790 Stripling Chapel Rd – Carrollton, Ga.
“When Descendant Become Ancestors: The Flip Side of Genealogy“
Dr. David Kendell, author, professional counselor and retired professor, will present a program based on his book with the concept of looking forward to what we can provide for our descendants, rather than backward to what we did not get from our ancestors.
Check -in 8:30 -9:00. No charge for this workshop. Pre-registration ( name address, phone number or email address) is encouraged. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bill Maddox at 770-832-6442 prior to April 1. It is recommended to read the book prior to the workshop, if possible. A copy is available in the Special Collections area of the Neva Lomason Library in Carrollton or can be ordered from Amazon.
An Excerpt from When Descendants Become Ancestors:
“Congratulations-you’re going to be an ancestor (someday). You cannot escape it. Nor can I. Nor can anyone else. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, depending on your beliefs about an afterlife, but each body ultimately ceases to exist. We all know that. From the moment of birth, each of us begins a journey that must ultimately conclude with our entrance into ancestry. As we research our own ancestors and mourn the lack of information available to us, we forget that we are the future ancestors of our descendants. And if we don’t leave to them the kinds of information about our lives that we crave to know about our own forefathers, then we are merely perpetuating the problem” How often have you regretted your failure to engage the elder generations of your family for information about their lives and memories? How many times have you wanted just one more hour with a deceased relative who could answer that one burning question that you suddenly thought about, and that no one else can answer? Perhaps you remember a time when an older acquaintance wanted to share with you some stories about “the good old days” but you couldn’t be bothered. Most of us have had regrets like these, as will our descendants-unless we seek to record and preserve some stories for their use. Whether our stories are short and simple or long and complex matters not, but these stories will become part of their heritage and can certainly influence their lives. Though our contributions may not be recognized for decades, our lives matter to future generations and our stories should be told. The rest is up to each of us.
Daily Shot- The Garden & Gun Blog – CJ Lotz- 12 Feb 2015
The sun rose clear and beautiful from the hills that surrounded Biltmore; All the world seemed happy on that day,” began “The First Bride of Biltmore,” a poem dedicated to the heiress Cornelia Vanderbilt on her wedding day.
It’s only fitting that a recreation of Cornelia’s gown is among the forty-plus wedding costumes on display at “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film,” a new exhibition at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, which just opened. The exhibit includes outfits worn by Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet, and Alan Rickman in Sense and Sensibility, costumes from Pride and Prejudice and Emma, and countless heirlooms from the Vanderbilt family weddings themselves.
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Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia Monthly Meeting
Time: Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church Street, Marietta, Georgia 30060
Program: For the February meeting of the Genealogy Society of Cobb County, Elyse Hill, a professional researcher for over 10 years, will present on African-American Studies. She is the Corresponding Secretary and the Program Chair of the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) that provides a local forum for family-tree researchers by sharing historical and genealogical information, methodology, and sources about African Americans with roots not just in Georgia, but in all states and nations. Ms. Hill is a guest writer for the AAHGS National newsletter and one of the first place winners of the 2015 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Excellence in Writing Competition (ISFHWE).
A 2012 graduate of Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, Ms. Hill completed the Researching African-American Ancestors course. She is currently researching and conducting case study projects to include: Free Persons of Color in Georgia before Emancipation; African-American Civil War Union Sailors; and African-American Immune Nurses during the Spanish American War.