Recording events in slave genealogy
- From: Kdberr1@xxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 12:48:40 -0700 (PDT)
I would like to know what specific items in software do you need for
slave genealogy. I am currently working on a slave family.
"L.L. Scott" <llscott2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I want to see genealogy software that's capable of recording certain
events related to slavery.
For example, my 3rd great-grandfather was freed in 1838 in KY.
That's the 2nd time he appears in documents -- the deed of
emancipation recorded in the county court. He was willed to the
woman who freed him by her father in the early 1800s. He was in her
I need to record these two events: the slave in a will, and the deed
of emancipation. And I need to record when he was freed, to
document where he lived. Next I have to find out if he stayed in
the area after he was freed.
I don't have a documented slave sale, but it's a way to trace the
location of a family member.
As you can see, I need to record the connection between the slave
and the slave owner. This is the way to trace my ancestors, even
the free ones, because their parents may have been slaves.
The slave owner's family isn't related to me but they are connected
to me, so it's required that I research the slave owning family
besides my own. This includes tax lists, wills, importation
records, etc. The two ways to free a slave were in a will or in a
court, so those events should be part of my research notes too.
As it is now I have to put any information I find in my notes with
the slave family. I have also created timelines for the ancestors
who I know were slaves.
Most programs provide ways to record immigration records, but none
have standing categories related specifically to slaves -- unless
someone here knows of one?
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