Free Online Genealogy Website of the Day – Freedmen’s Bureau Online

The Freedman’s Bureau Online website is an important set of links to genealogy collections to assist African Americans in researching their ancestors.

From the website: “The Freedmen’s Bureau, was established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865. The Bureau supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen, including issuing rations, clothing, and medicine. The Bureau also assumed custody of confiscated lands or property in the former Confederate States, border states, District of Columbia, and Indian Territory. The bureau records were created or maintained by bureau headquarters, the assistant commissioners, and the state superintendents of education and included personnel records and a variety of standard reports concerning bureau programs and conditions in the states.”

There are 4 categories of record collection links on the website:

  • Related Websites
  • Murders and Outrages
  • Freedmen’s Labor Records
  • Marriage Records

You can also find collections by clicking on a state name.  Available are 13 southern states and Washington DC.

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