William G. Thomas IIIWilliam G. Thomas III is currently the Chair of the Department of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has served as the John and Catherine Angle Professor in the Humanities at Nebraska since 2005.  Thomas served as the founding Director of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia and taught in the Corcoran Department of History at U.Va. for eight years. Thomas was a co-founder of the Nebraska Digital Workshop/Forum on Digital Humanities, and he has led the development of digital history courses at UNL. The graduate program in History seeks to train historians for and in the digital medium of scholarship and communication. Thomas’s current research focuses on The History Harvest, a digital history project aimed at digitizing the nation’s family and community history. He is also working on a digital project tracing the family networks of black and white litigants in early Washington DC before the Civil War, funded with National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research grant. Working with partners at the University of Maryland, Thomas and a team of researchers will be reconstructing the case files of the D. C. Circuit Court from 1800 to 1860.