The private, nonprofit Virginia Historical Society has launched a free database that will be of interest to anyone researching African-American genealogy in the state. The Unknown No Longer database presently contains about 4,000 names. The plan is to add many more names over time as more than 8 million unpublished manuscripts in the society's collection are examined, including letters, diaries, ledgers, books and farm documents from Virginians dating to the 1600s.
The free, public website also provides a high-resolution copy of the antique documents that identify the slave.
The Dominion Power Foundation funded the project with a $125,000 grant and Richmond’s Helium Studios created the web site.
The free Unknown No Longer website is available at http://unknownnolonger.vahistorical.org/.
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