by Melissa

Family historians and academic researchers visiting The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, now have access to an online digital archive of historical court records, maps, books, newspapers and periodicals from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe that focus on the topics of slavery and abolition. The new database, “Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive,” is comprised of documents previously available only on microfilm or at academic institutions. One of the collections available through this database is “Debates over Slavery and Abolition,” which covers the history of slavery from the 16th century to 1888 and the resistance that led to abolition. Another collection, “Slave Trade in the Atlantic World,” records the history and impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade in numerous countries. These records not only document the history of slavery, but also illustrate effects on women and children, as well as the religious and legal issues involved. Researchers can utilize this unique and informative collection of databases in The Genealogy Center and at any Allen County Public Library location through the On-Site Databases tab on The Genealogy Center’s website.