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Louisiana, New Orleans, Slave Manifests of Coastwise Vessels, 1807-1860
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New Orleans, Louisiana, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Inward slave manifests
Record Group RG 36: Records of the U.S. Customs Service
Collection years 1807-1860
Microfilm Publication M1895. Slave Manifests of Coastwise Vessels Filed at New Orleans, Louisiana.. 30 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 5573655
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains manifests filed with the customs collector at the port of New Orleans, Louisiana of slaves transported in coastwise trade to or from New Orleans during the period 1807–1860. Each manifest includes the name of the vessel, its ports of departure and arrival, dates of certification by the collector of customs (or surveyor), the Captain or master’s name, and a description of each slave on the vessel, including name, age, sex, height, name of owner or shipper, and race/color.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name or person
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Height
  • Race or color
  • Ports of departure and arrival
  • Date of arrival
  • Name of ship
  • Owners name
  • Residence

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Name of slave
  • Name of owner

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Using the location of arrivals, names and ages as clues check the 1870 and later censuses
  • Check for them in the Freedmen's collection
  • See if they have family members travelling with them and add any information about them

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Usually only the first name is listed. Former slaves may have had used multiple names or changed their names until they decided upon one particular name. Search all possible names along with variations or spellings of their known names
  • Search records in other locations

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