Probate Records: Finding Slave Ancestors Before 1865

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Presenter: Gerard Mckay

Time: 9:45 to 10:45 am.

Description:  Probate records can provide a means to overcome the so called “1870 brick wall” in order to identify and document the lives and locations of slave ancestors prior to the end of slavery in the United States in 1865.  This presentation will examine the probate files of 3 slave owners and show how these records can: track the lives and locations of slave ancestors over several proximate years; reveal family relationships of slaves as well as slave owners; show slave sale transactions; indicate the origins of surnames of former slaves and just as importantly, help to provide a better understanding of other documentary records and information.

Location: Assembly Room

One thought on “Probate Records: Finding Slave Ancestors Before 1865

    Gerard McKay « Discover Your Roots said:
    November 18, 2015 at 6:31 am

    […] Probate Records: Finding Slave Ancestors Before 1865 […]

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