Footnote.com to Digitize SC Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale in a Free Collection
Please Volunteer to Index These Records to Make Them Searchable!
–Newly Digitized Records Preserve the Names of More Than 30,000 Slaves –
We are very excited to announce a collaboration with Footnote.com, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, FamilySearch and Lowcountry Africana, to digitize every surviving estate inventory for Colonial and Charleston South Carolina from 1732 to 1872, as well as selected Bills of Sale for the same period, in a FREE collection!
Charlestons role as a port of entry during the Atlantic Slave Trade means many thousands of African Americans may have ancestors who came from, or through, South Carolina. This new collection on Footnote.com will assist African American genealogy research by forming, in many cases, a seamless paper trail from Emancipation to the 1700s.