Life has, once again, taken me off-line and out of touch with my wonderful hobby. I do, however, peel a few minutes away every now and then. In one of those precious moments, I came across a great potential resource for researchers of African American ancestry that I’d like to share.
Tom MacEntee over at GeneaBloggers runs quite a few inspirational theme ideas for other family history bloggers. One of his recent ones is called, “Friend of Friends Friday”. The premise is this:
“if you have encountered records of enslaved ancestors, whether they are your own ancestors or not, make it a point to transcribe those records and get them posted on the Internet via your blog.”
WHAT A GREAT IDEA! There is simply no repository of this kind of information and no replacement of it as a resource to peek behind the shroud of slavery before 1870. Of course its not indexed, comprehensive or, in some cases, written to be very useful for researchers. But it is a start. I’ve attached the Google reader RSS URL here. Enjoy and check out some of the other great ideas Tom and his friends have come up with over time. There’s also a special section on African American blogs as well.