Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

11/3/2007

Georgia’s Slave Population in Legal Records

Slave history and genealogy have suffered from inadequate attention to many of the records which tell us most about the identities and lives of Georgia’s slave population. When records from the slavery period have been extracted and published, they have been mainly the records which are most useful to researchers looking for free persons; and those records tend not to be the most fruitful sources of slave information. In many other cases, published extracts of records have omitted the names of the slaves present in those records. Legal records preserved in our county courthouses (and, in some cases, at the Department of Archives and History in Atlanta) are, in fact, the most numerous and most easily accessible of all pre-1865 records, and are the richest source of primary slave data. They deserve careful and methodical examination, analysis, and extraction. for more click here

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