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.
The start of Maryland's General Assembly session is a little less than two months away, but state lawmakers are already crafting bills that propose certain alcohol and tobacco regulations. And pinball.
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