Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Database of Slave Names Revealed in VA

After years of intense research, the Virginia Historical Society has revealed a list of roughly 1,500 slaves that resided in the state.

The website (called Unknown No Longer) is searchable by name, location, occupation, plantation, or gender and includes over 250 images of original documents dating back to the 1700's. Although the Virginian Historical Society is not done adding names, facts, and images to the database, they are launching the site with what they currently have. The state of Virginia held the most slaves in the country, so they definitely have a long way to go.

But here's the best news: the database gives free access to the public! So if you think that you may have some lineage in VA you may want to check it out.

This site was made possible by a $100,000 donation from the Dominion Resources and the Dominion Foundation. We are so glad to see that someone is finally making an effort to acknowledge the thousands that helped build the United States into the nation it is today.

To access Unknown No Longer, click HERE

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