Funeral Programs Indexing Project1

At long last, the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society’s Virginia Funeral Programs Project has come up for indexing on FamilySearch. Sincere thanks go to Karen Sutton, the late Elaine White Edwards, and all others who urged FamilySearch to make this project a priority. Thanks also go the dozens of persons who contributed more than 10,000 funeral programs to the project nearly five years ago. We would also like to thank FamilySearch and the Virginia Historical Society for collaborating with us to make this project a reality.


You are encouraged to sign on as an indexer. It is absolutely fascinating to transcribe documents that have come from our communities. If you are at all familiar with the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, you will likely run into people and places that you know. This project is open to all FamilySearch indexers worldwide. The process moves rapidly. So don't delay if you wish to be involved!


The official name of this project is U.S. Virginia - Obituaries and Funeral Programs for African-Americans, 1935-2009. When you sign up, there will be an option for organization. Be sure to indicate that you are affiliated with Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society.


You will access the indexing project through this link:
Virginia Funeral Programs Project @ FamilySearch


On the right hand side, under Get Started, click on Join the Indexing Community. The link will direct you to another page where you’ll be able to download the indexing program.


Feel free to contact Bessida White at cauthornewhite@gmail.com or 804.758.5163 should you have questions about this project. Happy Indexing!


1 As of early August 2014, the indexing for this project is 100% complete. This page remains on the website for historical purposes.