A broadcast to celebrate the completion of the Freedmen’s Bureau project will be held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m. eastern standard time. The broadcast will be streamed live at DiscoverFreedmen.org. Elder D. Todd Christofferson will present Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the museum, a memento symbolizing the efforts of more than 25,000 volunteers who indexed nearly 1.8 million records that are now searchable online at FamilySearch.org.
Numerous family history centers made an extra effort to reach out to members of the African American community as they participated together in the historic effort to index the Freedmen’s Bureau records. The indexed records can be accessed at discoverfreedmen.org. The index and digital images of the original documents can be viewed and attached to FamilySearch Family Free from this website.
Emancipation freed nearly four million slaves in the United States. The Freedmen’s Bureau was established to help transition them from slavery to citizenship, providing food, housing, education, and medical care. Now the names of those individuals are recorded and preserved for future generations through this indexing project. Many thanks to you who indexed and who organized indexing efforts in your communities.