Slave schedules are censuses taken in the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Federal Censuses that contain the slave-owners’ names and the age, sex, and color of each of their slaves. Columns also report the number of fugitive and manumitted slaves. There is also a column that noted enslaved people who were “deaf, blind, insane, or idiotic.” Unfortunately, very few names of the enslaved were recorded. First names were only recorded for most who were 100 years old or older. The slave schedules are available for Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. They are not available for other states. For further reading please click the link below.
A simple act – having one’s name recorded in a ledger known as the Book of Negroes – promised freedom to Black Loyalists in 1783 and, for some, allowed passage to Canada. But was Canada the promised land?
by Lawrence Hill
Author, The Book of Negroes
A Great research tool.
I honestly forgot about the U.S. Federal Census-1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes. The records exposed the classification of Native Americans and African Americans simply because they did not speak proper English, jailed, or presented some handicap. I have found two ancestors listed in Wake County, NC, and Amherst, VA. These records are separate from the Federal Census Records normally reviewed.
Handwritten colonial documents provide a wealth of information. For colonists, the way a person wrote conveyed not only social status but also revealed one’s gender and occupation.
The goal of this game is to decode the explicit messages of handwritten documents. Through the game, you will learn to recognize some commonly confused letters. When you are done with this game return to the general Handwriting menu, and you can practice reading longer passages from colonial manuscripts and learn more about the implicit messages colonists were sending.
To practice identifying individual letters, begin the game and then drag the manuscript letters* on top of the print letters to which you believe they correspond. To see the answer to a single letter, hover your mouse over the letter and press SHIFT on your keyboard. To see the answers to all the letters click on SHOW ANSWERS at the top right of the screen. Click on the link below to begin!
*Manuscript letters used with permission from:
Reading early American handwriting, by Kip Sperry
Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1998
We are one, aren’t we?
It’s About Us
African American Genealogy DNA is about bringing unity, dismantling ethnic division, separation of a human being for no real reason except learn behavior. So “Life Stories” is about we are one family of humanoids on earth. Inspiring others to create a place without restrictions or a sense of bondage by religion, color, ethnicity or other change that prohibit real communication and living.
Genetics is one path to enlightenment to understanding who we are, how we got to be, where we came from and how we became to be. In other words, the journey is from Africa and across the world. We migrated and planted the human seeds ever place on earth. Reunification of man and women.
Ancestry Circles, Gen 2.0 and Family Tree are bridging the gap, seeing the world of humans as a whole not separated. Continue to learn from each other, do not let traditional ethnicity block us from the human tree.
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