From 1865 to 1872, the Freedmen’s Bureau helped tens of thousands of freed slaves build new lives, while documenting nearly every aspect of the post-Civil War experience. As a result, the Freedmen’s Bureau records are among the most valuable sources of information on African American genealogy. #DiscoverFreedmen

From 1865 to 1872, the Freedmen’s Bureau helped tens of thousands of freed slaves build new lives, while documenting nearly every aspect of the post-Civil War experience. As a result, the Freedmen’s Bureau records are among the most valuable sources of information on African American genealogy. #DiscoverFreedmen

Brochure on the Freedmen's Bureau records at NARA --    The records left by the Freedmen's Bureau through its work between 1865 and 1872 constitute the richest and most extensive documentary source available for investigating the African American experience in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras.  http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/freedmens-bureau/#

Brochure on the Freedmen's Bureau records at NARA -- The records left by the Freedmen's Bureau through its work between 1865 and 1872 constitute the richest and most extensive documentary source available for investigating the African American experience in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras. http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/freedmens-bureau/#

A Freedmen's Bureau!

A Freedmen's Bureau!

The #Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Company, commonly referred to as The Freedmen’s Bank, was incorporated on March 3, 1865.  It was created by the United States Congress along with the Freedmen’s Bureau to aid the freedmen in their transition from #slavery to freedom.  During 1861, many #black Americ...The #Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Company, commonly referred to as The Freedmen’s Bank, was incorporated on March 3, 1865.  It was created by the United States Congress along with the…

The #Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Company, commonly referred to as The Freedmen’s Bank, was incorporated on March 3, 1865. It was created by the United States Congress along with the Freedmen’s Bureau to aid the freedmen in their transition from #slavery to freedom. During 1861, many #black Americ...The #Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Company, commonly referred to as The Freedmen’s Bank, was incorporated on March 3, 1865. It was created by the United States Congress along with the…

Records relating to murders and outrages and reports of murders, outrages, and riots were submitted by subordinate and field officers in either tabular or narrative form. Although the term "outrage" meant any criminal offense, it usually referred to violent crimes by or against freedmen. The reports usually included the date of the incident and the county in which it took place; the names and race of the injured and accused parties; a brief description of the incident and the action taken…

Records relating to murders and outrages and reports of murders, outrages, and riots were submitted by subordinate and field officers in either tabular or narrative form. Although the term "outrage" meant any criminal offense, it usually referred to violent crimes by or against freedmen. The reports usually included the date of the incident and the county in which it took place; the names and race of the injured and accused parties; a brief description of the incident and the action taken…

Law Creating the Freedmen's Bureau  CHAP. XC.–An Act to establish a Bureau for the Relief of Freedmen and Refugees.

Law Creating the Freedmen's Bureau CHAP. XC.–An Act to establish a Bureau for the Relief of Freedmen and Refugees.

Research Guides | Mapping The Freedmen's Bureau

Research Guides | Mapping The Freedmen's Bureau

First semi-annual report on schools for freedmen, January 1, 1866

First semi-annual report on schools for freedmen, January 1, 1866

From 1865 to 1872, the Freedmen’s Bureau helped tens of thousands of freed slaves build new lives, while documenting nearly every aspect of the post-Civil War experience. As a result, the Freedmen’s Bureau records are among the most valuable sources of information on African American genealogy. #DiscoverFreedmen

From 1865 to 1872, the Freedmen’s Bureau helped tens of thousands of freed slaves build new lives, while documenting nearly every aspect of the post-Civil War experience. As a result, the Freedmen’s Bureau records are among the most valuable sources of information on African American genealogy. #DiscoverFreedmen

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project is helping African Americans reconnect with their Civil War­-era ancestors. Join us in restoring thousands of records and linking millions of families. #DiscoverFreedmen

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project is helping African Americans reconnect with their Civil War­-era ancestors. Join us in restoring thousands of records and linking millions of families. #DiscoverFreedmen

JUNETEENTH, JUNE 19, 1865 | came to mark a new beginning and a true independence day for African American Texans. The first official Texas Juneteenth celebration was organized by the Freedmen’s Bureau and it was held in Austin in 1867. For many years resolutions recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day have been introduced in Congress by a number of senators and the hope is that some day, the Juneteenth is recognized as a national holiday.

JUNETEENTH, JUNE 19, 1865 | came to mark a new beginning and a true independence day for African American Texans. The first official Texas Juneteenth celebration was organized by the Freedmen’s Bureau and it was held in Austin in 1867. For many years resolutions recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day have been introduced in Congress by a number of senators and the hope is that some day, the Juneteenth is recognized as a national holiday.

Eighth semi-annual report on schools for freedmen, July 1, 1869

Eighth semi-annual report on schools for freedmen, July 1, 1869

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands is often simply referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau. Often as genealogists, we are aware of the Freedmen's Bureau, but do not fully realize the potential it holds for our genealogy research. Let's take a closer look.

Using Freedmen's Bureau Records Records in Genealogy Research

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands is often simply referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau. Often as genealogists, we are aware of the Freedmen's Bureau, but do not fully realize the potential it holds for our genealogy research. Let's take a closer look.

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