South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves - FamilySearch Historical Records
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South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves, 1774-1872
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|Charleston, South Carolina, |
|Flag of South Carolina|
|Location of South Carolina|
|Record Type||Bills of Sale|
|South Carolina Department of Archives and History|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
In some of the records, slaves did not have surnames and may need to be located using the name of the slave owner. Other records may include the slave's American and African names. This collection contains bills of sales of Negro slaves from 1774-1872. Because slaves were considered property, a bill of sale was filled out when they were sold, making this collection an excellent resource for finding slave ancestors. who were considered property at that time. Additionally, there are records of free African Americans, which provides a glimpse into their lifestyles and possessions. This collection is part of a joint project with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, FamilySearch, and the Lowcountry Africana group.
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
- Court name and place
- Defendents name
- Event day
- Plaintiff's name
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Name of enslaved person
- Name of slave owner
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the date of sale along with the name of the owner to find additional plantation records.
- Use the the slave owner's residence and slave name(s) of the parents to locate probate,land and court records.
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the slave name(s). You should also look for additional names the slave might have had and the slave owner(s) names.
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of South Carolina.
- Researching African Americans
- South Carolina Guided Research
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
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