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==Online Resources==
 
==Online Resources==
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*[http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/ Discover Freedmen] - this site searches all of the Freedmen's Bureau record collections on FamilySearch altogether (and redirects there)
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1417695 Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1414908 United States, Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872]
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1231 U.S., Freedmen’s Bureau Marriage Records, 1846-1867 ($)]
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/black-genealogy/kansas-african-american-genealogy.htm Kansas African American Genealogy]  
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/black-genealogy/kansas-african-american-genealogy.htm Kansas African American Genealogy]  
  
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===Reconstruction Records===
 
===Reconstruction Records===
 
====Freedman’s Bank====
 
====Freedman’s Bank====
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An excellent source is the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (visit the [[African American Freedman's Savings and Trust Company Records]] page to learn more). This company was created to assist African American soldiers of the Civil War and freed slaves. Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company signature cards or registers from 3 March 1865 to 25 July 1874 may list the name of the depositor, date of entry, age, birthplace, residence, complexion, name of employer or occupation, wife or husband’s name, death information, children’s names, name of father and mother, brothers’ and sisters’ names, remarks, and signature. Early books sometimes contained the name of the former master or mistress and the name of the plantation. Copies of death certificates were sometimes attached to the entries. The collection is organized alphabetically by state, then city where the bank was located, then date the account was established, then account number.<br>
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Online collections of Freedman's Bank records:
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1417695 United States, Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874]
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8755 U.S., Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1871 ($)]
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====Freedmen's Bureau====
 
====Freedmen's Bureau====
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The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands was created by the US government in 1865 until 1872 to assist former slaves in the southern United States. The Bureau created a wide variety of records extremely valuable to genealogists.  Such documents include censuses, marriage records, and medical records.  These records often include full names, former masters and plantations, and current residences.<ref>"African American Records: Freedmen's Bureau," "African American Heritage," ''National Archives'', accessed 11 May 2018. </ref> For 1865 and 1866, the section on abandoned and confiscated lands includes the names of the owners of the plantations or homes that were abandoned, confiscated, or leased. It gives the county and location, a description of the house, the number of acres owned, and the number of cabins of former slaves. These films do not appear to contain the names of former slaves. 
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To find Freedmen's Bureau records:
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*[http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/ DiscoverFreedmen] - the search on this site will utilize all of the Freedmen's Bureau records on FamilySearch, including:
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**{{RecordSearch|2432941|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Claim Records,1865-1872}}
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**{{RecordSearch|2432992|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Hospital and Medical Records, 1865-1872}}
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**{{RecordSearch|2475025|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Labor Contracts, Indenture and Apprenticeship Records, 1865-1872}}
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**{{RecordSearch|1414908|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872}}
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**{{RecordSearch|2431759|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Ration Records,1865-1872}}
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**{{RecordSearch|2515868|United States, Freedmen's Bureau Records of Persons and Articles Hired, 1865-1872 }}
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**{{RecordSearch|2515865|United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Freedmen's Court Records, 1865-1872 }}
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**{{RecordSearch|2515867|United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Land and Property Records, 1865-1872 }}
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**{{RecordSearch|2492627|United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Records of Freedmen's Complaints, 1865-1872 }}
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**{{RecordSearch|2427894|United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education, 1865-1872 }}
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Other FamilySearch collections not included:
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*{{RecordSearch|2575789|United States Freedmen's Bureau Miscellaneous Records,1865-1872 }}
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*{{RecordSearch|2721171|United States Freedmen's Bureau, Records of Freedmen, 1865-1872 }}
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*{{RecordSearch|2427901|''United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Records of the Assistant Commissioner, 1865-1872'' }} Images only. These reports primarily contain statistical and historical information. 
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*More collections are available in the FamilySearch Catalog. Search for "FREEDMEN - WISCONSIN" in the Subjects search bar to find.
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Visit the [[African American Freedmen's Bureau Records]] page to learn more about utilizing these records.<br>
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===School Records===
 
===School Records===
 
===Slavery Records===
 
===Slavery Records===
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====Birth====
 
====Birth====
 
====Marriage====
 
====Marriage====
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The Freedmen's Bureau (1865-1872) was created by the US government to assist former slaves in the southern United States. One of their responsibilities was to record the marriages (past and present) of the former slaves. These records can be found in the collections below and include the lists of marriages that occurred previously, marriage certificates, and marriage licenses.  The information contained on the records may include the name of the husband and wife/groom and bride, age, occupation, residence, year or date of marriage, by whom, number of children, and remarks.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1414908 United States, Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872]
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1231 U.S., Freedmen’s Bureau Marriage Records, 1846-1867]
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====Death====
 
====Death====
 
====Divorce====
 
====Divorce====
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*[http://www.nonprofitfacts.com/WI/African-American-Genealogy-Society-Of-Milwaukee.html African-American-Genealogy-Society-Of-Milwaukee]  
 
*[http://www.nonprofitfacts.com/WI/African-American-Genealogy-Society-Of-Milwaukee.html African-American-Genealogy-Society-Of-Milwaukee]  
 
*[[Wisconsin Societies]]
 
*[[Wisconsin Societies]]
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[http://www.wbhsm.org/ '''Wisconsin Black Historical Society''']<br>
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2620 West Center Street<br>
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Milwaukee, WI 53206<br>
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Phone: 414-372-7677<br>
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Email: info@wbhsm.org<br><br>
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 13:15, 28 September 2018

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

A list of resources for African American research of ancestors who lived in Wisconsin .

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Research Strategy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Many African Americans settled in Wisconsin. They were trappers and boatmen in the 1700s. Settlers from the Southern states brought slaves with them. There were many free African-Americans in Wisconsin also. For more information, you may wish to contact:

Wisconsin Black Historical Society
2620 West Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53206
Telephone: 414-372-7677
Internet: http://www.wbhsm.org/

A helpful source for learning about African-Americans in Wisconsin is: Zachary Cooper, Black Settlers in Rural Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1997; Family History Library book 977.5 A1 no. 51).

Cooper, Zachary. Black Settlers in Rural Wisconsin. - Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin. 1977. - E185.93.W58 C66 FHL book 977.5 Al #51

Negro Business Directory of the State of Wisconsin. - [Milwaukee: S.n., 1950/51-1953.54] 2 vol. E185.93W58 N4

Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries


The few slaves that may have been in Wisconsin before the Civil War may be listed in the United States Census Slave Schedules.

Wisconsin was not highly populated before the Civil War but after the War movement brought all groups including the African American.


Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Emancipation Records[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Plantation[edit | edit source]

Oral Histories[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Many of those involved in the Civil War moved after the War.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Reconstruction Records[edit | edit source]

Freedman’s Bank[edit | edit source]

An excellent source is the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (visit the African American Freedman's Savings and Trust Company Records page to learn more). This company was created to assist African American soldiers of the Civil War and freed slaves. Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company signature cards or registers from 3 March 1865 to 25 July 1874 may list the name of the depositor, date of entry, age, birthplace, residence, complexion, name of employer or occupation, wife or husband’s name, death information, children’s names, name of father and mother, brothers’ and sisters’ names, remarks, and signature. Early books sometimes contained the name of the former master or mistress and the name of the plantation. Copies of death certificates were sometimes attached to the entries. The collection is organized alphabetically by state, then city where the bank was located, then date the account was established, then account number.

Online collections of Freedman's Bank records:

Freedmen's Bureau[edit | edit source]

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands was created by the US government in 1865 until 1872 to assist former slaves in the southern United States. The Bureau created a wide variety of records extremely valuable to genealogists. Such documents include censuses, marriage records, and medical records. These records often include full names, former masters and plantations, and current residences.[1] For 1865 and 1866, the section on abandoned and confiscated lands includes the names of the owners of the plantations or homes that were abandoned, confiscated, or leased. It gives the county and location, a description of the house, the number of acres owned, and the number of cabins of former slaves. These films do not appear to contain the names of former slaves.

To find Freedmen's Bureau records:

Other FamilySearch collections not included:

Visit the African American Freedmen's Bureau Records page to learn more about utilizing these records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Slavery Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

The Freedmen's Bureau (1865-1872) was created by the US government to assist former slaves in the southern United States. One of their responsibilities was to record the marriages (past and present) of the former slaves. These records can be found in the collections below and include the lists of marriages that occurred previously, marriage certificates, and marriage licenses. The information contained on the records may include the name of the husband and wife/groom and bride, age, occupation, residence, year or date of marriage, by whom, number of children, and remarks.

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin Black Historical Society
2620 West Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53206
Phone: 414-372-7677
Email: info@wbhsm.org

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "African American Records: Freedmen's Bureau," "African American Heritage," National Archives, accessed 11 May 2018.