Virgina Gov. Tim Kaine is set to update Virginia’s initiative to compile the records of black Virginians whose family history was affected by slavery and racism electronically.
The Virginia Freedmen Project so far has collected microfilm from the United States National Archives and digitized them to make genealogical records more accessible to African-American families.
The center has worked with volunteers to take the National Archives materials and making them available electronically.
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