Slavery Inventory Database, LLC (SID) is a historic research consultancy whose mission and passion is to establish the identities – and to recreate the life stories – of enslaved individuals who remain hidden from, or have been neglected by, history.

Our research is focused on the early African American experience in Northern Virginia. For over thirteen years, we’ve collected, interpreted, and linked thousands of pieces of historical data. Our groundbreaking discoveries help break through the wall of slavery, and help build meaningful and relevant human connections.

As a leader in the field of slavery research, we’ve collaborated with museum and historical sites, providing critical support as they develop their slavery narratives. Most importantly, SID has enriched the lives of individuals and families yearning to know more about their African American ancestors and roots, and we are driven to continue our search for connections every day.

“It is very powerful.
We’re grateful to Maddy McCoy for her diligence in unearthing our family’s manumission document.”

– Roger Fairfax, father of VA Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax


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