Our Black Ancestry Builds Online Portal for Slave Name Research

 
 
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March 31, 2013 - PRLog -- OurBlackAncestry.com (OBA) today launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to build their existing portal into a subscriber based destination for African Americans seeking to discover ancestral roots in slavery. The schedule calls for the new site to go live in celebration of Juneteenth 2013.

When the new portal goes online, site visitors will be able to type in keywords and immediately access documents for online viewing and downloading, participate in a social network of peer researchers and purchase lifestyle products related to genealogy.

The present Our Black Ancestry (http://www.ourblackancestry.com/) site has more than 70,000 unique site visitors each year and hosts an active Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/13488807931/?fref=ts) community. The company has commitments from descendants of  several slave holding families who will provide documents for publication on the new site. They also have an arrangement with a company that will manage the digitization process and provide additional data sets including censuses, slave schedules and family trees.

There are many genealogy companies that serve the general public, but none with all of the functionality needed for effective research for the African American community. The research challenges of the descendants of 4 million people emancipated from slavery in 1865 are unique because so much of the documentation is in family papers rather than public documents.

The Indiegogo campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/our-black-ancestry/x/24...) seeks to raise $50,000, which will be used to build and manage a technology platform that accommodates both research and social networking and to market the Our Black Ancestry portal to potential subscribers.

If people have documents that would be useful to the project -- such as wills, deed books and plantation/farm records -- contact smorgan@ourblackancestry.com.

The Indiegogo campaign is viewable at:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/our-black-ancestry/x/2469776

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