About the Project:
The USF Africana Heritage Project is an all-volunteer research project and website sponsored by the Africana Studies department at the University of South Florida.
About Our Research:
Our research mission is to rediscover records that document the names and lives of slaves, freedpersons and their descendants, and share those records on our free Internet site. Access to all of the content on this website is, and always will be, 100% free.
We believe that each person's heritage is their anchor in this world. Our goal is to reclaim African American heritage one family at a time by gathering and preserving records of African American genealogy and history.
We encourage readers to share documents. Each record that we gather is a stone added to the pile, and as the pile grows, our website will become an invaluable resource for those researching African American ancestry and cultural heritage. We also provide lesson plans for using the information on our website as a teaching tool.
About Our Staff:
The USF Africana Heritage Project is entirely volunteer-driven, which adds a real life-breath to the project. We are a very diverse crew. Our volunteers and contributors come from every walk of life, but are all part of a grass-roots effort to recover and preserve records that document African American ancestry, and the rich mosaic that is African American culture.
We cherish our volunteers!
How We Conduct Our Research:
We use a variety of resources to conduct our research: the University of South Florida's library holdings, other library holdings, academic archives, plantation journals, public records, Freedman's Bureau records, early church records, oral histories, family bible records, Internet research and information contributed by genealogy researchers, historians and community members.
About Our Reader Contributors:
We are profoundly grateful to the many readers, scholars, archives, Universities, and historical societies who have shared records on the Africana Heritage Website. Your contributions keep the good things happening!
Please let us hear from YOU!
For more information, please contact:
USF Africana Heritage Project
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620
The USF Africana Heritage Project is Sponsored by the Africana Studies Department at the University of South Florida.
Copyright 2005 The University of South Florida and The Africana Heritage Project. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
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