The Freedmen’s Bureau Project — a new initiative spearheaded by the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — will make available online 1.5 million historical documents, finally allowing descendants of former African-American slaves to learn more about their family roots.
Genealogists, researchers, archivists, authors, bloggers, educators, and faith leaders discuss the Freedmen’s Bureau and the need for volunteers to make the records of nearly 4 million emancipated African Americans freely searchable online. http://www.discoverfreedmen.org
btw- As usual, the best coverage of this is by a non-US media source.
Pretty embarrassing for us Americans, I’d say.