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United States[edit | edit source]
Title Description
Afro-American encyclopaedia : or, the thoughts, doings, and sayings of the race, embracing addresses, lectures, biographical sketches, sermons, poems, names of universities, colleges, seminaries, newspapers, books, and a history of the denominations, giving
Black slavery emancipation research in the Northern States
History of the American negro and his institutions
Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro vol. 1. Cases from the courts of England, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky -- vol. 2. Cases from the courts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee -- vol. 3. Cases from the courts of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana
Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro vol. 4. Cases from the Courts of New England, the Middle States, and the District of Columbia
Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro vol. 5. Cases from the Courts of States North of the Ohio and west of the Mississippi Rivers, Canada and Jamaica
List of Black servicemen compiled from the War Department collection of Revolutionary War records
List of free black heads of families in the first census of the United States, 1790
Noted Negro women : their triumphs and activities
Progress of a race, or, The remarkable advancement of the American Negro : from the bondage of slavery, ignorance, and poverty to the freedom of citizenship, intelligence, affluence, honor and trust
Record of the services of the seventh regiment U.S. colored troups
Services of colored Americans in the wars of 1776 and 1812
The Negro soldier : a select compilation
Two colored women with the American Expeditionary Forces
Who's who in colored America : an illustrated biographical directory of nolable living persons of African descent in the United States
Alabama[edit | edit source]
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Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro
Slavery in Auburn, Alabama
The large slaveholders of the deep South, 1860
Arkansas[edit | edit source]
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No land -- only slaves Vol. 6. Extracts of slave deeds.
No land -- only slaves Vol. 18. Extracts of slave deeds.
California[edit | edit source]
Florida[edit | edit source]

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One Table, Separate URL Column and Catalog Note[edit | edit source]

States Title URL NOTE
U.S Afro-American encyclopaedia : or, the thoughts, doings, and sayings of the race, embracing addresses, lectures, biographical sketches, sermons, poems, names of universities, colleges, seminaries, newspapers, books, and a history of the denominations, giving http://www.familysearch.org/library/books/idurl/1/205158 No index. "Mind and matter, an address delivered by Booker T. Washington ... before the Alabama state teachers' association, Selma, Ala., June 5, 1895": pages 87-101.
U.S. Black slavery emancipation research in the Northern States https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE1996786 Offprint. National Genealogical Society Quarterly, December 2012, p. 293-304.
U.S. History of the American negro and his institutions https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE14597650 Includes index. Digital images of original published: Atlanta, Georgia : A.B. Caldwell, 1917. v.
U.S. History of the American Negro and his institutions -- https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE215127 History of the American Negro / edited by A. B. Caldwell.
U.S. Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/29628?availability=Family%20History%20Library Contents: v. 1. Cases from the courts of England, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky -- v. 2. Cases from the courts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee -- v. 3. Cases from the courts of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana
U.S. Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/417826-redirection vol 5
U.S. List of Black servicemen compiled from the War Department collection of Revolutionary War records https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/445493-redirection
U.S. List of free black heads of families in the first census of the United States, 1790 https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/59430-redirection
U.S. Noted Negro women : their triumphs and activities https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE4109814 Reprint of edition originally published in 1893 by Donohue and Henneberry of Chicago.
U.S. Progress of a race, or, The remarkable advancement of the American Negro : from the bondage of slavery, ignorance, and poverty to the freedom of citizenship, intelligence, affluence, honor and trust https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE14597754 No index. "With special articles by well known authorities, Mrs. Booker T. Washington, Charles M. Melden, M.W. Dogan, Albon L. Holsey, and an introduction by Robert R. Moton."
U.S. Record of the services of the seventh regiment U.S. colored troups https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE8437649 Original title: Record of the services of the Seventh Regiment, U.S. colored troops, from September 1863 to November 1866.
U.S. Services of colored Americans in the wars of 1776 and 1812 https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE1073290 No index. "Of the services and sufferings of the colored soldiers of the Revolution, no attempt has, to our knowledge, been made to preserve a record. They have had no historian. With here and there an exception, they have all passed away, and only some faint tradi
U.S. The Negro soldier : a select compilation https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE8345412 Bibliography: p. 85-87.
U.S. Two colored women with the American Expeditionary Forces https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE14597812
U.S. Who's who in colored America : an illustrated biographical directory of nolable living persons of African descent in the United States http://www.familysearch.org/library/books/idurl/1/636372 Includes index. Digital images of original published: Yonkers-on-Hudson, New York : Christian E. Burckel & Associates, 1950. xv, 648 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Alabama Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/411307-redirection vol 3
Alabama Slavery in Auburn, Alabama https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE13696814
Alabama The large slaveholders of the deep South, 1860 https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE7380405 Bibliography: p. 1218-1219.
Arkansas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/437074-redirection vol 18
Arkansas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/542528-redirection vol 6
California The Negro trail blazers of California : a compilation of records from the California Archives in the Bancroft Library at the University of California, in Berkeley, and from the diaries, old papers and conversations of old pioneers in the state of Californ https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE94154
District of Columbia Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/427419-redirection vol 4
Florida Florida plantation records from the papers of George Noble Jones https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE8154069 Includes index.
Florida Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/411307-redirection vol 3
Georgia Gwinnett County, Georgia book B marriage licenses of free persons of color, 1866-1884 https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/150151-redirection
Georgia Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/411307-redirection vol 3
Georgia Names from Georgia, 1865-1866, Freedmens Bureau letters https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE223802 Contains correspondence relating to crimes, punishments, complaints, appeals for assistance, charges, and investigations.
Georgia Savannah River plantations https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE6215477 Includes index.
Illinois Gallatin County, Illinois slave register 1815-1839 https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE11417928 Includes given name and full-name indexes.
Indiana Admission record, Indianapolis Asylum for Friendless Colored Children, 1871-1900 https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE2525434 Arranged in alphabetical order by surname of child.
Indiana Enumeration of white & colored males, Henry County, Indiana 1907 https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE212252 Digital images of original published: [SI : s.n., 1907]. 81 p.
Indiana List of aliens who applied for citizenship in Jefferson County, Indiana : list of indentures of apprentices in Jefferson County https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE4784744 Digital images of typescript prepared by the John Paul Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Indiana Register of negro slaves and masters for 1805-1807, Knox County, Indiana Territory https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE4496197
Kentucky African Americans in and around Jefferson County https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/223595-redirection
Kentucky Afro-American deaths of Boone thru [sic] Boyle County, Kentucky, 1852-18 62 https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/344748-redirection
Kentucky Biographical sketches of prominent negro men and women of Kentucky : with introductory memoir of the author https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE526860 Digital images of original published: Lexington, Ky. : [s.n.], 1897 (The Standard Printing). 130 p., [51] p. of plates : ports. ; 22 cm.
Kentucky Civil War African American soldiers from Taylor and Green Counties, Kentucky : in the 5th United States Colored Cavalry and the 107th and 108th Colored Infantry https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE1980176 no index
Kentucky Colored marriage bonds, Logan County, KY to 1900 https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE1987343 Includes index.
Kentucky Golden jubilee of the general association of Colored Baptists in Kentucky : the story of 50 years' work from 1865-1915 including many photos and sketches, compiled from unpublished manuscripts and other sources https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE4524366 Digital images of original published: Louisville, Kentucky : Mayes, 1915. 304 p., [22] leaves of plates : ill., ports.
Kentucky Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/486272-redirection vol 1
Kentucky Mt. Moriah Cemetery : a history and census of Bowling Green, Kentucky's African-American cemetery https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/288746-mt-moriah-cemetery-a-history-and-census-of-bowling-green-kentucky-s-african-american-cemetery?viewer=1&offset=0#page=1&viewer=picture&o=info&n=0&q=
Kentucky Weeden's History of the colored people of Louisville https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE4735481 Digital images of original published: Louisville, Ky. : H.C. Weeden, c1897. 66 p. : ill., ports. ; 29 cm.
Louisiana Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/411307-redirection vol 3
Louisiana Louisiana's households of free people of color : residing outside of Orleans Parish & the city of New Orleans in 1810 & 1820 https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/349681-redirection
Louisiana No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/550424-redirection vol 1
Louisiana No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/781888-redirection vol 2
Louisiana No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/551835-redirection vol 3
Louisiana No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/540262-redirection vol 5
Louisiana No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/548424-redirection vol 8
Massachusetts The trial and execution, for petit treason, of Mark and Phillis : slaves of Capt. John Codman, who murdered their master at Charlestown, Mass., in 1755 ; for which the man was hanged and gibbeted, and the woman was burned to death ; including, also, some https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE6860268 "The following pages are, with slight changes, a reprint from the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society."--Prefatory note.
Maryland Maryland slave owners and superintendents https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE108276 Arranged alphabetically.
Missouri Index, nineteenth century black and associated white persons (a) named in primary records at Clay County Archives & Historical Library, Liberty, Missouri; (b) extracted from U.S. colored volunteer enlistments (Civil War) on file at the National Archives a https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE49857 Digital images of original published: Kansas City, Missouri : R.K. Mallory, 2007. [151] p.
Mississippi Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/411307-redirection vol 3
North Carolina Caswell County, North Carolina : land grants, tax lists, state census, apprentice bonds, estate records https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE3190830 Records cover late 1700's to 1800's.
North Carolina Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/434059-redirection vol 2
North Carolina Somerset homecoming: recovering a lost heritage https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/502116-somerset-homecoming-recovering-a-lost-heritage?viewer=1&offset=0#page=147&viewer=picture&o=info&n=0&q= I found this one, for some reason it's not on the spreadsheet already
North Carolina Census of slaves, 1755 https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/437117-census-of-slaves-1755?offset=10
North Carolina The cradle of freedom : a history of the Negro in Rochester, western New York and Canada https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE7475641 Digital images of original published: Rochester, New York : Oxford Press, 1941. 164 p.
North Carolina Underground railroad in Tompkins County, (N.Y.) https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE9550415 Digital images of original published: Ithaca, New York : S.H. Gallwey, 1963. 18 p.
Oklahoma Oklahoma Creek freedman : my roots, 1858-1921 https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/22511-redirection
Oklahoma The Choctaw freedmen : and the story of Oak Hill Industrial Acadamy, Valliant, McCurtain County , Oklahoma, now called the Alice Lee Elliott Memorial https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE13658026 Includes index.
Pennsylvania A comparison of negro and white labor in a charcoal iron community https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE13066732 "Reprinted from Labor History, vol. 10, no. 3, Summer 1969."
Rhode Island An Historical inquiry concerning the attempt to raise a regiment of slaves by Rhode Island, during the war of the revolution https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE11161845 Digital images of original published: Providence : S.S. Rider, 1880. 86 p.
South Carolina Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/434059-redirection vol 2
Tennessee Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/434059-redirection vol 2
Tennessee The Negro in Tennessee, 1790-1865 https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE476993 Digital images of original published: Austin, Texas : University of Texas, [1922?]. 213 p. ; 22 cm.
Texas Beaumont colored schools, 1880-1926 https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE926419 Digital images of original published: Beaumont, Texas : American Printing Co., [1926?]. 31 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Texas History of Negroes of Limestone County https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE1041838 No index. Digital images of original published: Mexia, Texas : J. A. Chatman and S. M. Merriwether, 1939. 64 p.: ill., ports.
Texas Names and dates from grave markers in Evergreen Negro Cemetery, Houston, Texas : Eagle Scout Project https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/417728-redirection
Texas No land -- only slaves https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE7616400 Contents: v. 1. Bossier Parish, Louisiana -- v. 2. Claiborne Parish, Louisiana -- v. 3. Caddo Parish, Louisiana -- v. 4. Harrison, Hunt & Kaufman County, Texas -- v. 5. DeSoto Parish, Louisiana -- v. 6. Lafayette County, Arkansas -- v. 7. Panola & Grayson
Texas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/562295-redirection vol 10
Texas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/565290-redirection vol 11
Texas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/562869-redirection vol 12
Texas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/557972-redirection vol 13
Texas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/552583-redirection vol 14
Texas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/558189-redirection vol 15
Texas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/448063-redirection vol 16
Texas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/443831-redirection vol 17
Texas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/437074-redirection vol 19
Texas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/560408-redirection vol 4
Texas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/552962-redirection vol 7
Texas No land -- only slaves https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/781889-redirection vol 9
Utah The story of the Negro pioneer https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE1026200
Virginia History of the colored volunteer infantry of Virginia 1871-99 https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE3660222 Digital images of original published: [Richmond : Virginia Historical Society, 1923]. 102 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Virginia Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/486272-redirection vol 1
Virginia Registrations of free negroes commencing September court 1822, book no. 2 & register of free blacks 1835, book 3 : being the full text of the two extant volumes, 1822-1861, of registrations of free blacks now in the county courthouse, Fairfax, Virginia https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE10071516 Includes index and tables.
Virginia Something to build on : genealogy of African American families of Henry County, Virginia and surrounding area with surnames A-Z https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/776846-redirection
West Virginia Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/486272-redirection vol 1
Wyoming Pack slaves of upper New River, West Virginia, and their families https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/67384-redirection