Over the years the MTP has encountered people of diverse races who know little about our nation's 246 years of slavery. Most people are also unaware that for decades the U.S. Census documented the number of enslaved people and the names of the individuals who "owned" them. Currently these U.S. Census Slave Schedules are not easily accessible, which makes it difficult for people to conduct research to learn more about their ancestors.
With this reality in mind, the MTP is currently converting the data from the 1860 Slave Census for the state of Georgia with the goal of making it available to the public in a free, searchable format. At some point in the future, we would also like to expand this project to include all former slave owning states throughout the deep south.
In order to meet our goals, currently we need volunteers to transfer the information from handwritten census files into Excel spreadsheets that we provide you. After volunteers have transferred that information, they then simply send the completed Excel file back to us. This will allow us to do two things. First, it will enable us to tranform handwritten information into data, in a format that will be available to the public in a free, web-based, searchable database. Second, it will allow the MTP and any other interested parties and researchers to analyze that data, making it possible to better understand the institution of slavery and its social impact. To view an example of a slave census schedule simply click on the image below.
If you or someone you know is willing to adopt a particular county, or even part of a county, we would deeply appreciate it. Also, if you know any educators, students, professors, history buffs, or relevant organizations that might be willing to help with this project please send them a link to this webpage or share it on your social media (e.g. Facebook and Twitter). To become a part of the project simply send us an email and we will discuss what county you would like to work on and get you the project instructions.
Below you will find the original the slave censuses for various Georgia counties along with their completed Excel sheets that are available for download. Please note, each link will take you to the slave schedule on our Scribd webpage where you can view or download the files..