Access to Nearly 1 Million Slave Trade Records

Staff with Michigan State University’s Matrix: Center for Digital
Humanities & Social Sciences are taking on the seemingly
impossible goal of illuminating the lives of the millions of
Africans, and their descendants, sold into bondage across four
continents as part of the slave trade. 

Founded by a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
this project is being carried out primarily by investigators with
Michigan State University and the University of Maryland, in partnership
with other prominent collaborating organizations. 

An estimated 388,000 enslaved persons arrived in North America, and by
1860 nearly 4 million lived in bondage in the United States.  The project has launched a FREE
public website where you can search people, events and places across
857,398 records (constantly expanding) from the slave trade.

Any member of the public can utilize the site “Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade,” available at I will be visiting the site to look for Jonathan Butler, my husband’s 4th great-grandfather, a free man of colour from Pennsylvania. This is a wonderful resource for genealogists and historians alike.

Source: Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

Posted On: June 12, 2021 at 01:51PM