Westphalia (Westfalen) Manumissions

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The Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen, Abteilung Ostwestfalen-Lippe (L 83 D) has a collection of around 4.400 manumission documents and notes from the 16th to the 18th century. An alphabetical list of names is part of this collection.  After 1808 no more manumission documents were issued. It was no longer necessary to prove ones release from serfdom. Source: Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen