and Lowcountry Africana Publish Slave Records

South Carolina estate and bills of sale from 1732 -1872 are coming online. So far, only three percent are actually available online for free at

You can read the entire story here at FamilyTreeMagazine:

In addition to the article are some informative links for help with researching your African American ancestors.

1 Comment

  1. August 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Actually, that FTM post is two years old (dated July 19, 2010), so the documents have been up for awhile. All of the SC Inventories and Bills of Sale are free and available at Fold3 (formerly Footnote).

    To see the documents, go to and click on “Records>List All Records” at the top. Scroll down to “South Carolina Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale, 1732-1872” and click Browse, then click a link under Browse Description. Some are indexed; some aren’t.

    More indexing volunteers are needed to help make searches easier.. Go to:

    I’ve been indexing those documents since 2011. Lately in Bills of Sale, I’ve been encountering free blacks buying slaves who appear to be relatives or friends; slaves with African-designated names and stated country-of-origin; and today, a slave with a stated last name: Rosina Gordon (, Bills of Sale,1773-1843; Volume-Date Range 4K (1815-1816), Bills of Sale, page 378).

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