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Posted at 9:27 AM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Va. group creating slave name database

By Associated Press

The Virginia Historical Society is creating an online database that will contain the names and personal information about formerly enslaved African-Americans.

The project is called "Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names." It is financed by a $100,000 grant from Dominion Resources and The Dominion Foundation.

The free database will glean its contents from some of the more than 8 million processed manuscripts in the Richmond society's collections.

The society says the database will be a resource for academic researchers, family historians and genealogists.

By Associated Press  | March 4, 2011; 9:27 AM ET
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This is a great thing. Many African Americans that have attempted to search for ancestors are met with lack of information on sites like ancestry.com. For my search, the records stopped at like 1880. I just assumed that the rest of the history was lost because of slavery. This may give answers that are truly needed. I hope more states will follow this example.

Posted by: nieci6719 | March 4, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Oh geez, give..it..up. All that database will do is foster resentment and serve as a source for those who feel the descendents of former slaves deserve some sort of compensation for the alleged horrors and atrocities of the past. Just move on.

Posted by: rpcv84 | March 4, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

This is a good development for all Americans with a long lineage in this country. I suspect that many of the White racist, like rpcv84, who think that Black people being able to trace their lineage is a bad thing are just jealous because their sense of entitlement is threatened by the fact that most Blacks have a longer lineage in this country than most Whites. We didn't come here through Ellis Island!

Posted by: PepperDr | March 4, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh geez, give..it..up. All that database will do is foster resentment and serve as a source for those who feel the descendents of former slaves deserve some sort of compensation for the alleged horrors and atrocities of the past. Just move on.

Posted by: rpcv84 | March 4, 2011 11:48 AM

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I agree with PepperDr! People like rpcv84 should go blank himself in his tight little white ars!

Learning about your ancestors is somehow tantamount to having your hand out for "some sort of compensation for the alleged horrors and atrocities of the past".

More "racism by another "conservative" no doubt...who would have thunk it! Stupid Teabagger!

Posted by: TheChampisheretoo | March 4, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh geez, give..it..up. All that database will do is foster resentment and serve as a source for those who feel the descendents of former slaves deserve some sort of compensation for the alleged horrors and atrocities of the past. Just move on.

Posted by: rpcv84 | March 4, 2011 11:48 AM

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I agree with PepperDr! People like rpcv84 should go blank himself in his tight little white ars!

Learning about your ancestors is somehow tantamount to having your hand out for "some sort of compensation for the alleged horrors and atrocities of the past".

More "racism by another "conservative" no doubt...who would have thunk it! Stupid Teabagger!

Posted by: TheChampisheretoo | March 4, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

It's silly to think that people everywhere don't really want to do genealogical research on their family name. To say that people are just after money is so mean spirited. And is probably based in racism.

Posted by: johno95 | March 4, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse


So who is going to start a data base for red neck hillbillies who don't know from whom they came?

Posted by: polecatx1 | March 4, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

@rpcv84, Isn't strange how easily some people can tell black folk you need to get over it, meaning slavery and all of it's ugliness and generation spanning effects.What does this say about your character. You would never say these same things to Jewish folk, telling them to get over their ordeal, would you? I think you need to keep that kind of sick sentiment to yourself.You are what we're trying to rid this country of, so we can move on.

Posted by: Voiceofreason28 | March 4, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to dream a little dream that the racist against black people of the world trace back and find their ancestors in one of these databases, then have to graple with the reality that one of their ancestors decided to get through life by "passing" for white and now, due to the one drop rule they must face the reality that they to are black ;).

Posted by: KH20003 | March 5, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Just a couple of questions?
1. Will poverty pimps like Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton shakedown business in order to pay for the program?

2. Will Jackson and Sharpton be taking their normal cut of their shakedowns to pay for their time?

Posted by: priveye | March 5, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

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