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The Names of 1.8 Million Emancipated Slaves Are Now Searchable in the World’s Largest Genealogical Database, Helping African Americans Find Lost Ancestors

Abraham Lincoln is the pioneer of the Freedman’s Bureau. Its operations in eight years of existence are paying dividends today. Public institutions built then kept records of labor registers, certificates of marriage and extremities committed years after the American Civil War. They provide one of the richest references to the Reconstruction Era.

“Soon all of those documents will be publicly available for everyone to read. For now, those with roots in the South can search the Freedman’s Bureau Project database to discover more about their family heritage and history” (The National Archives, 2020).

Despite opposition, we have achievements from the Freedman’s Bureau project. Collaboration between the Smithsonian and the parent organization of FamilySearch shows the potential of the project in unravelling the American nation’s history and for millions to realize their ancestry.

Read more by Josh Jones at Open Culture

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