Note: Many of the online records here are abstracts of the original records. Although very informative, they are just abstracts. Contact the contributor or source for copies of original records
SLAVE SCHEDULES ONLINE
A list of Slave Schedules arranged by state and county. Keep in mind that these are not the same as census records. The names of slave owners and the age, sex, and color of each of their slaves is listed. Click here to ACCESS THE SLAVE SCHEDULES
AFRIKAN-AMERICAN FAMILY BIBLE
A Family Bible is a (usually very large) Bible that includes, along with the scriptures, pages where the family can record BIRTHS, CHRISTENINGS, MARRAIGES, and DEATHS. It's like the Christian's version of a memory/scrap book. Often life and death events of friends of family are included....so even if your family does not have one, your family could be mentioned in someone else's Bible!
AFRIKAN-AMERICAN FAMILY TREES ONLINE
ESTATE AND PROBATE RECORDS of
These records are organized by State, county, and slave owner's last name.
Inventories: Lists of slaves by name, and sometimes age and color
- Nuxobee, MS: Anderson
- Nuxobee, MS: Bledsoe
- Nuxobee, MS: Ferguson
- Nuxobee, MS: Hudson
- Nuxobee, MS: Lincecum
Slave Hire Reports: when an owner sent slaves to work elsewhere sometimes he/she kept a written record
Guardianship Reports/"Returns": In many white families, an adult (guardian, person in trust) would take legal responsibility of a child who had inherited slaves. The child's slave was considered the legal property of the guardian until the child heir was old enough to legally own the slave(s). In this case the adult guardian had to submit reports/"returns" of how the slaves were utilized (ie. slave hires)
Transactions: When the ownership of a slave changed (death of owner, division of estate, etc.), the "transaction" was often recorded. If you suspect your ancestor had more than one owner, these records may be helpful.
WILLS of slave owners