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Freedmen’s Bureau Project

About the Freedmen’s Bureau Project

To help bring thousands of records to light, the Freedmen’s Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro­-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum.

Tens of thousands of volunteers are needed to make these records searchable online. No specific time commitment is required, and anyone may participate. Volunteers simply log on, pull up as many scanned documents as they like, and enter the names and dates into the fields provided. Once published, information for millions of African Americans will be accessible, allowing families to build their family trees and connect with their ancestors.

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Blog Posts

2015-09-02 18.51.03 35 Members of the Fresh Anointing Trained on Indexing Freedmen Bureau Records - WOW! That’s all I can say. Just, WOW! 35 members of the Fresh Anointing congregation came to the Family History Center (FHC) for training on indexing Freedmen Bureau Records. It wasn’t just the number of people, it was the sincerity and enthusiasm of those in attendance that lends emphasis to the WOW! And that was […]
wfsacoverage Montgomery River Region United (MRRU) first official presentation – an enormous success. - MRRU kicked off its first official presentation of the FBP hosting 54 friends and visitors (friends all) Sunday evening, October 18th, 2015. WSFA-TV channel 11 covered the event. Their coverage can be viewed by clicking this link: View the WFSA coverage by clicking here. The presentation was conducted by Greg Fenn who greeted one and […]
mgm-river Montgomery Baptist Ministers Union - Montgomery Alabama: Yesterday we made a presentation of the Freedmen’s Bureau Project to the Montgomery Baptist Ministers Union, 113 W. Jeff Davis Ave with 15-20 representatives present. We explained the program, distributed information, and invited them and their congregations to participate. I hope they will be inspired to bring their congregations and participate. My committee […]
Frazine Taylor River Region Indexers Unite! - Tuesday evening we had a wonderful indexer training session; 12 were in attendance at the Carter Hill Family History Center and others attended via WebEx.  Of note, we were joined by Ms. Frazine Taylor, a Wetumpka resident and nationally recognized authority on African American family history (see attached photo).  Ms. Frazine will be joining our […]