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The Virginia Historical Society has launched a database of slave names to help scholars and family historians examine centuries of the state's slave-holding past.

The historical society drew from its vast collections to create the database, which was unveiled Thursday. It has 1,500 names, higher than the 1,000 names that the society had anticipated for the launch. The database uses searchable keywords such as name, gender, location, occupation and plantation. It also has more than 250 digital images of original source documents. The online results are available at no cost to researchers, families and genealogists.

Virginia held more slaves than any other state. The society's records date back to the 1700s.

The database is funded with a $100,000 grant from Dominion Resources and The Dominion Foundation.

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