NC slave records to be digitized

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An AP story out of Asheville indicates that North Carolina slave deed records are to be digitized. Grant was awarded to UNC Greensboro by the National Historic Publications and Records Division. “The money will fund the expansion of a project to digitize nearly 10,000 slave deeds and bills fo sale from 26 counties across the state. Once the records are digitized, the records will go into a searchable database accessible to the public...”

“The 26 counties were selected by a number of criteria, including if the county was established prior to 1865 and if the county had already digitized any of their records. A mix of eastern, western, urban, and rural counties as selected as the first to be digitized with the hope that People Not Property will include records from every county in the state.”
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)

Charlotte observer link did not work.  Here is an AP article. 

Grant to help digitize North Carolina slave records

Thanks, Terry. It was an older link.

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Just an update on Pip's post here. The UNCG people are making progress! Here's the link to the counties they've completed...and those yet to go. Free, searchable or browsable data.

by Carole Bannes G2G6 Mach 3 (34.4k points)
selected by Porter Fann
Thanks for the update, Carole!!
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That is wonderful! I have recently been doing a lot of research into the Civil War era and am still devastated by this episode in our history. These voices, so long silenced, need to be remembered. Thank you for sharing!
by E Childs G2G6 Pilot (104k points)
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Thanks for putting this announcement up. I found them during the source-a-thon. I was working in Buncombe County, NC. Very exciting as I found several transactions with the slave owner I was working on.

by Gina Jarvi G2G6 Mach 3 (35.8k points)

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