General Interest - Slavery


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General Interest

    Most African-American researchers are descendants of former slaves. As a result, we must explore the records of former slave states.
      On the color-coded United States map:
    • Blue - Union States (excluding Oregon and California)
    • Grey - Confederate states
    • Pink - Slave holding states that fought for the Union
    • Red - West Virginia, a slave holding state that seceded from Virginia during the Civil War, and fought for the Union
    • Green - Western Territories

      Along with reviewing the state laws, remember to examine specific acts and decrees relating to the enslaved population

  • Chambers County, AL Slave Names - compiled from probate records
  • Freedmenscemetery - Old Town Alexandria VA -
  • People of Color in Early Southwest Pennsylvania
    Note: Many folks migrated from this area to Ohio.
  • People of Color in Old Tennessee
  • Virginia Slaves Birth Index 1853-1865 available from
  • Free People of Color in Louisiana - free digital collection at Louisiana State University

Last updated: October 3, 20154