"The Southern Claims Commission records document the experiences of former slaves during the Civil War and in the days immediately after," says Toni Carrier, Founding Director of the USF Africana Heritage Project. "They often contain information that cannot be found anywhere else. Family historians should plan to spend some quality time with this collection."
The majority of the records on Footnote.com come from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Since partnering with NARA a year ago, Footnote.com has been working aggressively to digitize and make these original source documents available online.
To date, Footnote.com has digitized over 26 million images. Each month, approximately 2 million new records are uploaded to the site. "Our partnership with Footnote has brought millions of our documents to far more researchers than ever before possible," says James Hastings, Director of Access Programs at NARA. "Now researchers can come to any or our research rooms across the country and use the online indexes and records free of charge. And for a small fee they can have access to this rich historical collection in their own homes. We look forward to many years of working together to help Americans understand their history."
In addition to the records Footnote.com uploads to its site every month, members of the site are also making contributions by adding records from their files at home and creating their own web pages dedicated to topics that interest them. Member pages pertaining to African American history include topics such as slavery, African American war heroes and Civil Rights.
"We love to see people get involved and take an active interest in history," said Russ Wilding, CEO of Footnote.com. "There are so many historical treasures contained in shoeboxes that have been tucked away and forgotten in closets and attics. We encourage everyone to upload their shoeboxes of letters, documents and photos to Footnote.com to preserve and share their own histories."
Footnote.com is the place where history comes alive. The site has something for everyone from avid researchers to those with a casual interest in the stories of our past. Visit Footnote.com today and see the future of history.