Louisiana, New Orleans, Slave Manifests of Coastwise Vessels - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Louisiana, New Orleans, Slave Manifests of Coastwise Vessels, 1807-1860
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|Record Type||Inward slave manifests|
|Record Group||RG 36: Records of the U.S. Customs Service|
|Microfilm Publication||M1895. Slave Manifests of Coastwise Vessels Filed at New Orleans, Louisiana.. 30 rolls.|
|National Archives Identifier||5573655|
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- 2 What is in This Collection?
- 3 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 4 Collection Content
- 5 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 6 What Do I Do Next?
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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What is in This Collection?
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?
The following information may be found in these records:
How Do I Search This Collection?
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- Name of slave
- Name of owner
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How Do I Analyze the Results?
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What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- 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?
- 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
- Researching African Americans
- Louisiana Guided Research
- Louisiana Record Finder
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Citing This Collection
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