15 July 2016

Slave Ads -- New Database Coming from Cornell



Slave Ads -- New Database Coming from Cornell – Freedom on the Move

The last few years have greatly increased our access to Runaway Slave Advertisements.  There are several databases you can examine as discussed in Runaway Slave Advertisements -- Invaluable to descendants of the slaves & their former owners.
Another database, which is in the works, will hopefully soon be added to the collection – Freedom on the Move

Throughout the 250-year history of slavery in North America, enslaved people tried to escape. Once newspapers were common, enslavers posted “runaway ads” to try to locate these fugitives. Such ads provide significant quantities of individual and collective information about the economic, demographic, social, and cultural history of slavery, but they have never been systematically collected. We are designing and beginning data collection for a database that will compile all North American slave runaway ads and make them available for statistical, geographical, textual, and other forms of analysis.

To make this vision happen, crowdsourcing will be needed! Hopefully details on how the community can participate will become available. We’ll keep you posted.




What genealogy-related crowdsourcing projects are you aware of?



Editor’s Note: Check out past Upfront with NGS articles on crowdsourcing here.



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