The Mary Turner Project
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Slave Census Database Project

Over the years the Mary Turner Project (MTP) has encountered people, both African American and White, who don't have access to the U.S. Census Slave Schedules so that they can research their ancestors.  

Therefore, the MTP is currently converting the data from the 1860 Census (for Lowndes and other counties throughout Georgia) with the goal of posting it in a searchable form on a free, public website.  At some point in the future, we would also like to expand this project to include all former slave owning states throughout the deep south.  We are currently in the process of uploading county slave schedules for Georgia. They can be viewed and downloaded at this link. Below you'll also find an example of what a page of the U.S. Census Slave Schedule looks like. Click on the image it to see it in full scale.


We need volunteers who will take the information from these handwritten census files and input that information into an Excel spreadsheet that we provide you. Once you transferred all the information simply send the completed Excel sheet back to us. This will allow us to do two things. First it will enable us to tranform it into a free, web-based, searchable database for the public. Second, it will allow the MTP and any other interested parties/researchers to analyze the data, making it possible to better understand the institution of slavery. To view a larger version of the example to the right simply click on that image.

If you or someone you know is willing to adopt a particular county, or even part of a county, we would deeply appreciate it. Also, if you know any educators, professors, history buffs, or relevant organizations that might be willing to help with this project please send them a link to this webpage or share it on your social media (i.e. facebook, etc.). To help out and become a part of project simply send us an email and we will discuss what you'd like to do, as well as get you the project instructions.

If you have any questions just let us know and, as always, thank you for your support and for being a part of the MTP.