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==Introduction==
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==Online Resources==
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'''Record Collections'''
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*[http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/ Discover Freedmen] - this site searches all of the Freedmen's Bureau record collections on FamilySearch altogether (and redirects there)
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*{{RecordSearch|1417695|Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874}}
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*{{RecordSearch|2333770|Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872}} Images only
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*{{RecordSearch|1414908|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872}}
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1231 U.S., Freedmen’s Bureau Marriage Records, 1846-1867] ($)
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4766 Georgia, Marriage Records From Select Counties, 1828-1978] ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|1320969|Georgia Deaths 1914-1927}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1385727|Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1999178|Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1975}}
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1714 U.S., Southeast Coastwise Inward and Outward Slave Manifests, 1790-1860] ($)
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*{{RecordSearch|2739725|Georgia, Reconstruction Registration Oath Books, 1867-1868}}
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1857 Georgia, Returns of Qualified Voters and Reconstruction Oath Books, 1867-1869] ($)
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'''Digital Archives'''
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*[http://crdl.usg.edu/?Welcome Civil Rights Digital Library]
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*[http://vault.georgiaarchives.org/ Georgia's Virtual Vault]
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*[http://lowcountryafricana.net/ Lowcountry African] is dedicated to documenting the family and cultural heritage of African Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and extreme northeastern Florida
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'''Lists of Sources'''
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/georgia/index.htm Access Genealogy: Georgia African American Genealogy]
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20160410114051/http://cisupa.proquest.com/ksc_assets/catalog/100539.pdf Papers of the American Slave Trade]: part 1, Port of Savannah Slave Manifests, 1790-1860
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==Research Strategy==
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==History==
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*Caldwell, Arthur Bunyan, ''[http://archive.org/details/historyofamerica01cald History of the American Negro and His Institutions, Georgia Edition Volume 1]''
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*Caldwell, Arthur Bunyan, ''[http://archive.org/details/historyofamerica02cald History of the American Negro and His Institutions, Georgia Edition, Volume 2]''
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*''The Black Side'': a partial history of the business, religious, and educational side of the Negro in Atlanta, Ga. / by Edward R. Carter. - Atlanta:[s.n.], 1894/ - ix, 323 p.Micro 28148 F LC copy replaced by microfilm.
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*''Homecoming: African-American Family History in Georgia'' / Carole Merritt. - [Atlant[[Category:African American Records]]: African-American Family History Association, c 1982. - 122 p. E185.93G4 M47 1982
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*''Distinguished Negro Georgians''. - Dallas: Royal Pub. Co., [1961]. - 203 p. E185.93 G4 T7
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*''Profiles of Black Georgia Baptists'': two hundred and six years of Black Georgia Baptist History, one hundred years of national Baptist history as told by Clarence M. Wagner. - Gainesville, GA.: Wagner, c 1980. - 268 p. BX6444.G4 W33 
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*Stewart, Roma Jones, ''{{FHL|682718|item|disp=Africans in Georgia, 1870}}'' (Chicago, Illinois:Homeland, c1993)
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==Resources==
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===Biographies===
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===Cemeteries===
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===Census Records===
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===Church Records===
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===Emancipation Records===
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===Funeral Homes===
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===Genealogies===
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===Land and Property===
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====Plantation====
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===Oral Histories===
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===Other Records===
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===Military Records===
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===Newspapers===
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===Probate Records===
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*{{RecordSearch|1999178|Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1975}} - lists of slaves can often be found in probate records
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===Reconstruction Records===
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*{{RecordSearch|2739725|Georgia, Reconstruction Registration Oath Books, 1867-1868}} - information usually includes name, county of residence, date of registration, race, and an oath of allegiance
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1857 Georgia, Returns of Qualified Voters and Reconstruction Oath Books, 1867-1869] ($) - lists name, registration date, location, and race
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====Freedman's Bank====
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An excellent source is the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (visit the [[African American Freedman's Savings and Trust Company Records]] page to learn more). This company was created to assist African American soldiers of the Civil War and freed slaves. Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company signature cards or registers from 3 March 1865 to 25 July 1874 may list the name of the depositor, date of entry, age, birthplace, residence, complexion, name of employer or occupation, wife or husband’s name, death information, children’s names, name of father and mother, brothers’ and sisters’ names, remarks, and signature. Early books sometimes contained the name of the former master or mistress and the name of the plantation. Copies of death certificates were sometimes attached to the entries. The collection is organized alphabetically by state, then city where the bank was located, then date the account was established, then account number.<br>
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Online collections of Freedman's Bank records:
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*{{RecordSearch|1417695|United States, Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874}}
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8755 U.S., Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1871] ($)
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====Freedmen's Bureau====
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The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands was created by the US government in 1865 until 1872 to assist former slaves in the southern United States. The Bureau created a wide variety of records extremely valuable to genealogists.  Such documents include censuses, marriage records, and medical records.  These records often include full names, former masters and plantations, and current residences.<ref>"African American Records: Freedmen's Bureau," "African American Heritage," ''National Archives'', accessed 11 May 2018. </ref> For 1865 and 1866, the section on abandoned and confiscated lands includes the names of the owners of the plantations or homes that were abandoned, confiscated, or leased. It gives the county and location, a description of the house, the number of acres owned, and the number of cabins of former slaves. These films do not appear to contain the names of former slaves. 
  
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To find Freedmen's Bureau records:
  
==== Pre-1870 Resources  ====
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*[http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/ DiscoverFreedmen] - the search on this site will utilize all of the Freedmen's Bureau records on FamilySearch, including:
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**{{RecordSearch|2432941|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Claim Records,1865-1872}}
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**{{RecordSearch|2432992|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Hospital and Medical Records, 1865-1872}}
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**{{RecordSearch|2475025|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Labor Contracts, Indenture and Apprenticeship Records, 1865-1872}}
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**{{RecordSearch|1414908|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872}}
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**{{RecordSearch|2431759|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Ration Records,1865-1872}}
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**{{RecordSearch|2515868|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Records of Persons and Articles Hired, 1865-1872 }}
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**{{RecordSearch|2515865|United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Freedmen's Court Records, 1865-1872 }}
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**{{RecordSearch|2515867|United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Land and Property Records, 1865-1872 }}
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**{{RecordSearch|2492627|United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Records of Freedmen's Complaints, 1865-1872 }}
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**{{RecordSearch|2427894|United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education, 1865-1872 }}
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Other FamilySearch collections not included:
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*{{RecordSearch|2331267|Georgia, Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872}} Images only
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*{{RecordSearch|2575789|United States Freedmen's Bureau Miscellaneous Records,1865-1872 }}
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*{{RecordSearch|2721171|United States Freedmen's Bureau, Records of Freedmen, 1865-1872 }}
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*{{RecordSearch|2427901|''United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Records of the Assistant Commissioner, 1865-1872'' }} Images only. These reports primarily contain statistical and historical information.
  
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===School Records===
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===Slavery Records===
 
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| bgcolor="#cc99ff" colspan="8" | <center>'''Number of Slaves in Georgia'''<ref name="no">''Ninth Census of the United States: Statistics of Population, Tables I to VIII Inclusive'' (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1872), 21-22. Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/ninthcensusunit00offigoog#page/n28/mode/1up Internet Archiv[[Category:African American Records]]; {{FHL|281281|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2pcu}}.</ref></center>
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| bgcolor="#cc99ff" colspan="8" | <center>'''Number of Slaves in Georgia'''<ref name="no">''Ninth Census of the United States: Statistics of Population, Tables I to VIII Inclusive'' (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1872), 21-22. Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/ninthcensusunit00offigoog#page/n28/mode/1up Internet Archive]; {{FHL|281281|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2pcu}}.</ref></center>
 
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*Martin, Joann and African-American Family History Association (Atlanta, Georgia), ''Slave Bills of Sale Project'' (Atlanta, Georgia;: African-American Family History Association, 1986) {{WorldCat|16831815|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|498372|item|disp=FHL fiche 6049830–31; book 975.8 F2sL}} Digital version available through FamilySearch Catalog entry.
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:Contents: Vol. 1. sect. 1. Atlanta, Augusta, Baldwin, Bartow, Bibb, Bryan -- v. 1. sect. 2. Burke -- v. 1. sect. 3. Campbell, Carroll, Cass, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clarke, Cobb, Columbia, Columbus, Covington, Coweta, Dekalb, Dooly, Early, Elbert, Emanuel, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Gwinnett, Hancock, Henry, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Jones, LaGrange, Liberty, Lincoln, Lowndes, Lumkin -- v. 2. sect. 1. Macon, Madison, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Milledgeville, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Muscogee, Oglethorpe, Perry, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Richmond, Savannah, Spartanburg, Stewart, Sumter, Telfair, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walton, Washington, Whitfield, Wilkes -- v. 2. sect. 2. Unidentified counties -- v. 2. sect. 3. Freedmen and contractors. and contractors.<br>
 
 
 
*Cotner, Neal N. ''Extractions of Slaves' Names from Select Georgia and Alabama Wills'' (SLC, Utah, 1992) {{FHL|499126|item|disp=FHL film 1697603 item 14}} Extractions of slaves' names from wills of seven Traylor families of Troup, Jasper, and Upson counties, Georgia; and Lowndes and Dallas counties, Alabama. Wills dated from 1817 to 1860. 46 slaves listed.
 
 
 
*United States Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, ''Records of the assistant commissioner for the state of Georgia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1869:NARA, RG105, M798'' (Washington D.C.:NARA, 1968) {{FHL|362862|item|disp=FHL films 1498626 (first of 36)}}
 
 
 
:"On the 36 rolls of this microfilm publication are reproduced the records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Georgia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-69. A few papers are dated as early as 1862. The records consist of 34 volumes of communications sent, registers, and orders issued; and of unbound letters and reports received and miscellaneous papers. The documents were created or received by the Assistant Commissioner ...The records are part of Record Group 105, Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. ...The editorial material for this publication was prepared by Elaine Everly." -- P. 1, 8.<br>The library has bound numbers 791-800 together. Some numbers are missing.
 
 
 
*For more resources available at the Family History Library see {{FHL|498163|subject_id|disp=Georgia Slavery and Bondage}}
 
  
 
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==== 1870-1900 Resources  ====
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*Martin, Joann and African-American Family History Association (Atlanta, Georgia), ''Slave Bills of Sale Project'' (Atlanta, Georgia;: African-American Family History Association, 1986) {{WorldCat|16831815|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|498372|item|disp=FHL fiche 6049830–31; book 975.8 F2sL}}
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:Contents: Vol. 1. sect. 1. Atlanta, Augusta, Baldwin, Bartow, Bibb, Bryan -- v. 1. sect. 2. Burke -- v. 1. sect. 3. Campbell, Carroll, Cass, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clarke, Cobb, Columbia, Columbus, Covington, Coweta, Dekalb, Dooly, Early, Elbert, Emanuel, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Gwinnett, Hancock, Henry, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Jones, LaGrange, Liberty, Lincoln, Lowndes, Lumkin -- v. 2. sect. 1. Macon, Madison, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Milledgeville, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Muscogee, Oglethorpe, Perry, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Richmond, Savannah, Spartanburg, Stewart, Sumter, Telfair, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walton, Washington, Whitfield, Wilkes -- v. 2. sect. 2. Unidentified counties -- v. 2. sect. 3. Freedmen and contractors. and contractors.<br>
  
*Stewart, Roma Jones, ''Africans in Georgia, 1870'' (Chicago, Illinois:Homeland, c1993) {{FHL|682718|item|disp=Africans in Georgia, 1870}}
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*Cotner, Neal N. ''Extractions of Slaves' Names from Select Georgia and Alabama Wills'' (SLC, Utah, 1992) {{FHL|499126|item|disp=FHL film 1697603 item 14}} Extractions of slaves' names from wills of seven Traylor families of Troup, Jasper, and Upson counties, Georgia; and Lowndes and Dallas counties, Alabama. Wills dated from 1817 to 1860. 46 slaves listed.
  
==== Books  ====
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*United States Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, ''Records of the assistant commissioner for the state of Georgia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1869:NARA, RG105, M798'' (Washington D.C.:NARA, 1968) {{FHL|362862|item|disp=FHL films 1498626 (first of 36)}} (digital images available on the FamilySearch Catalog)
  
*Caldwell, Arthur Bunyan, ''[http://archive.org/details/historyofamerica01cald History of the American Negro and His Institutions, Georgia Edition Volume 1]''
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:"On the 36 rolls of this microfilm publication are reproduced the records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Georgia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-69. A few papers are dated as early as 1862. The records consist of 34 volumes of communications sent, registers, and orders issued; and of unbound letters and reports received and miscellaneous papers. The documents were created or received by the Assistant Commissioner ...The records are part of Record Group 105, Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. ...The editorial material for this publication was prepared by Elaine Everly." -- P. 1, 8.<br>The library has bound numbers 791-800 together. Some numbers are missing.
*Caldwell, Arthur Bunyan, ''[http://archive.org/details/historyofamerica02cald History of the American Negro and His Institutions, Georgia Edition, Volume 2]''
 
*''The Black Side'': a partial history of the business, religious, and educational side of the Negro in Atlanta, Ga. / by Edward R. Carter. - Atlanta:[s.n.], 1894/ - ix, 323 p.Micro 28148 F LC copy replaced by microfilm.  
 
*''Homecoming: African-American Family History in Georgia'' / Carole Merritt. - [Atlant[[Category:African American Records]]: African-American Family History Association, c 1982. - 122 p. E185.93G4 M47 1982
 
*''Distinguished Negro Georgians''. - Dallas: Royal Pub. Co., [1961]. - 203 p. E185.93 G4 T7
 
*''Profiles of Black Georgia Baptists'': two hundred ans six years of Black Georgia Baptist History, one hundred years of national Baptist history as told by Clarence M. Wagner. - Gainesville, GA.: Wagner, c 1980. - 268 p. BX6444.G4 W33
 
*Mohr, Clarence L. ''On the Threshold of Freedom: Masters and Slaves in Civil War Georgia''. Athens: University of Georiga Press, 1986.
 
  
{{Click|Image:AA_ORP.png|African_American_Online_Genealogy_Records}}
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*For more resources available at the Family History Library see {{FHL|498163|subject_id|disp=Georgia Slavery and Bondage}}
  
==== Online Resources  ====
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*Mohr, Clarence L. ''On the Threshold of Freedom: Masters and Slaves in Civil War Georgia''. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1986
  
*[http://crdl.usg.edu/?Welcome Civil Rights Digital Librar[[Category:African American Records]]
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===Vital Records===
*[http://cisupa.proquest.com/ksc_assets/catalog/100539.pdf Papers of the American Slave Trad[[Category:African American Records]]: part 1, Port of Savannah Slave Manifests, 1790-1860
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====Birth====
*Access Genealogy: [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/georgia/index.htm Georgia African American Genealog[[Category:African American Records]]
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====Marriage====
*{{RecordSearch|1320969|Georgia Deaths 1914-1927}}
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4766 Georgia, Marriage Records From Select Counties, 1828-1978] ($) - includes both "White" and "Colored" marriage books that listed names, marriage date, and marriage place
*[http://www.examiner.com/x-8873-African-American-Genealogy-Examiner~y2009m11d9-State-online-resources-for-AfricanAmerican-genealogy-Georgia State online resources for African-American genealogy: Georgi[[Category:African American Records]] (African American Genealogy Examiner)  
 
*[http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us:8888/index.php Georgia's Virtual Vaul[[Category:African American Records]]
 
*[http://lowcountryafricana.net/ Lowcountry African[[Category:African American Records]] (Twitter: [http://twitter.com/LCAfricana LCAfrican[[Category:African American Records]]) is dedicated to documenting the family and cultural heritage of African Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and extreme northeastern Florida.
 
*Lists of slaves can be found in the online [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1999178 Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1975].
 
  
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The Freedmen's Bureau (1865-1872) was created by the US government to assist former slaves in the southern United States. One of their responsibilities was to record the marriages (past and present) of the former slaves. These records can be found in the collections below and include the lists of marriages that occurred previously, marriage certificates, and marriage licenses.  The information contained on the records may include the name of the husband and wife/groom and bride, age, occupation, residence, year or date of marriage, by whom, number of children, and remarks.
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*{{RecordSearch|1414908|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872}}
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1231 U.S., Freedmen’s Bureau Marriage Records, 1846-1867]
  
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====Death====
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*{{RecordSearch|1320969|Georgia Deaths 1914-1927}} - lists name, death date and place, burial date and place, gender, race, marital status, birth date and place, age, occupation, cause of death, parents and their birthplaces
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*{{RecordSearch|1385727|Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940}} - lists name, death date and place, burial date and place, gender, race, residence, marital status, birth date and place, age, occupation, cause of death, parents and their birthplaces
| valign="bottom" align="center" | '''''Help Index Freedmen's Bureau Records'''''
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====Divorce====
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===Voting Registers===
| Help yourself and others find their African American ancestors by participating in the [http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/ Discover Freedmen Indexing Projec[[Category:African American Records]]. [http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631024/LDS-Church-FamilySearch-launch-project-to-index-Freedmen7s-Bureau-records-of-4-million-former.html?pg=all June 19th Press Conferenc[[Category:African American Records]]
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==Archives and Libraries==
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'''Georgia Archives'''<br>
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University System of Georgia<br>
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5800 Jonesboro Road<br>
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Morrow, GA 30260<br>
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Phone: (678) 364-3710<br>
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Website: [https://www.georgiaarchives.org/ Georgia Archives]<br>
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The website contains a [https://www.georgiaarchives.org/research/african_american_resources guide] to the African American resources at the archives.
  
== References ==
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==Societies==
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==References==
  
 
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Introduction[edit | edit source]

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Record Collections

Digital Archives

Lists of Sources

Research Strategy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Caldwell, Arthur Bunyan, History of the American Negro and His Institutions, Georgia Edition Volume 1
  • Caldwell, Arthur Bunyan, History of the American Negro and His Institutions, Georgia Edition, Volume 2
  • The Black Side: a partial history of the business, religious, and educational side of the Negro in Atlanta, Ga. / by Edward R. Carter. - Atlanta:[s.n.], 1894/ - ix, 323 p.Micro 28148 F LC copy replaced by microfilm.
  • Homecoming: African-American Family History in Georgia / Carole Merritt. - [Atlant: African-American Family History Association, c 1982. - 122 p. E185.93G4 M47 1982
  • Distinguished Negro Georgians. - Dallas: Royal Pub. Co., [1961]. - 203 p. E185.93 G4 T7
  • Profiles of Black Georgia Baptists: two hundred and six years of Black Georgia Baptist History, one hundred years of national Baptist history as told by Clarence M. Wagner. - Gainesville, GA.: Wagner, c 1980. - 268 p. BX6444.G4 W33
  • Stewart, Roma Jones, Africans in Georgia, 1870 (Chicago, Illinois:Homeland, c1993)

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Emancipation Records[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Plantation[edit | edit source]

Oral Histories[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Reconstruction Records[edit | edit source]

Freedman's Bank[edit | edit source]

An excellent source is the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (visit the African American Freedman's Savings and Trust Company Records page to learn more). This company was created to assist African American soldiers of the Civil War and freed slaves. Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company signature cards or registers from 3 March 1865 to 25 July 1874 may list the name of the depositor, date of entry, age, birthplace, residence, complexion, name of employer or occupation, wife or husband’s name, death information, children’s names, name of father and mother, brothers’ and sisters’ names, remarks, and signature. Early books sometimes contained the name of the former master or mistress and the name of the plantation. Copies of death certificates were sometimes attached to the entries. The collection is organized alphabetically by state, then city where the bank was located, then date the account was established, then account number.

Online collections of Freedman's Bank records:

Freedmen's Bureau[edit | edit source]

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands was created by the US government in 1865 until 1872 to assist former slaves in the southern United States. The Bureau created a wide variety of records extremely valuable to genealogists. Such documents include censuses, marriage records, and medical records. These records often include full names, former masters and plantations, and current residences.[1] For 1865 and 1866, the section on abandoned and confiscated lands includes the names of the owners of the plantations or homes that were abandoned, confiscated, or leased. It gives the county and location, a description of the house, the number of acres owned, and the number of cabins of former slaves. These films do not appear to contain the names of former slaves.

To find Freedmen's Bureau records:

Other FamilySearch collections not included:

School Records[edit | edit source]

Slavery Records[edit | edit source]

Number of Slaves in Georgia[2]
1860 1850 1840 1830 1820 1810 1800 1790
462198 381682 280944 217531 149656 105218 59406 29264


Number of Free People of Color in Georgia[2]
1860 1850 1840 1830 1820 1810 1800 1790
3500 2931 2753 2486 1763 1801 1019 398


Contents: Vol. 1. sect. 1. Atlanta, Augusta, Baldwin, Bartow, Bibb, Bryan -- v. 1. sect. 2. Burke -- v. 1. sect. 3. Campbell, Carroll, Cass, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clarke, Cobb, Columbia, Columbus, Covington, Coweta, Dekalb, Dooly, Early, Elbert, Emanuel, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Gwinnett, Hancock, Henry, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Jones, LaGrange, Liberty, Lincoln, Lowndes, Lumkin -- v. 2. sect. 1. Macon, Madison, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Milledgeville, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Muscogee, Oglethorpe, Perry, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Richmond, Savannah, Spartanburg, Stewart, Sumter, Telfair, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walton, Washington, Whitfield, Wilkes -- v. 2. sect. 2. Unidentified counties -- v. 2. sect. 3. Freedmen and contractors. and contractors.
  • Cotner, Neal N. Extractions of Slaves' Names from Select Georgia and Alabama Wills (SLC, Utah, 1992) FHL film 1697603 item 14 Extractions of slaves' names from wills of seven Traylor families of Troup, Jasper, and Upson counties, Georgia; and Lowndes and Dallas counties, Alabama. Wills dated from 1817 to 1860. 46 slaves listed.
  • United States Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, Records of the assistant commissioner for the state of Georgia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1869:NARA, RG105, M798 (Washington D.C.:NARA, 1968) FHL films 1498626 (first of 36) (digital images available on the FamilySearch Catalog)
"On the 36 rolls of this microfilm publication are reproduced the records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Georgia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-69. A few papers are dated as early as 1862. The records consist of 34 volumes of communications sent, registers, and orders issued; and of unbound letters and reports received and miscellaneous papers. The documents were created or received by the Assistant Commissioner ...The records are part of Record Group 105, Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. ...The editorial material for this publication was prepared by Elaine Everly." -- P. 1, 8.
The library has bound numbers 791-800 together. Some numbers are missing.
  • Mohr, Clarence L. On the Threshold of Freedom: Masters and Slaves in Civil War Georgia. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1986

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

The Freedmen's Bureau (1865-1872) was created by the US government to assist former slaves in the southern United States. One of their responsibilities was to record the marriages (past and present) of the former slaves. These records can be found in the collections below and include the lists of marriages that occurred previously, marriage certificates, and marriage licenses. The information contained on the records may include the name of the husband and wife/groom and bride, age, occupation, residence, year or date of marriage, by whom, number of children, and remarks.

Death[edit | edit source]

  • Georgia Deaths 1914-1927 - lists name, death date and place, burial date and place, gender, race, marital status, birth date and place, age, occupation, cause of death, parents and their birthplaces
  • Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940 - lists name, death date and place, burial date and place, gender, race, residence, marital status, birth date and place, age, occupation, cause of death, parents and their birthplaces

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Georgia Archives
University System of Georgia
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: (678) 364-3710
Website: Georgia Archives
The website contains a guide to the African American resources at the archives.

Societies[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "African American Records: Freedmen's Bureau," "African American Heritage," National Archives, accessed 11 May 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ninth Census of the United States: Statistics of Population, Tables I to VIII Inclusive (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1872), 21-22. Digital version at Internet Archive; FHL Book 973 X2pcu.