The Freedmen’s Bureau records are getting much attention today with partnerships forming to digitize and make the records available online. Also, others are working to create sites dedicated to mapping the offices of Bureau so people can see if there was an office near the home of their ancestors.
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Familysearch.org is involved and some records have been digitized and are available on their site. All of the collections may not be searchable (yet) but you can browse the images.
Here are the steps to get to the Freedmen Records on familysearch.org.
1. Goto familysearch.org
2. Click Search.
3. Under the blue search box, click Browse All Published Collections.
4. In the Filter box, type in Freedmen to see a list of the collections.
At the posting of this blog post, there were 13 collections, including records from North and South Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, DC, Maryland, Delaware, and Texas.
There are other sites such as the Freedmen’s Bureau Website have transcriptions of some documents from this record set.
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If you want to see if there was an Freedmen’s Bureau office near the place where your ancestors lived, there are a few resources in development to help you with that. One website will launch later this year but here’s one that’s available now – https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=110416325353435229667.00045740b293fb14f6f59&dg=feature
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Ancestry.com – U.S., Freedmen Bureau Records of Field Offices, 1863-1878
Family Search Wiki – African American Freedmen’s Bureau Records – https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/African_American_Freedmen%27s_Bureau_Records
Freedmen’s Bank Records – HeritageQuest (through GALILEO)
**You will need a library card with a Georgia Public Library to access it.
The Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Research Your Southern Ancestors (Article)
**Contains information about the Freedmen’s Bureau.
The Freedmen’s Bureau Website – http://freedmensbureau.com/
Index to Mississippi Freedmen’s Bureau Records (Mississippi Archives) http://opac2.mdah.state.ms.us/freedmanblurb.php
National Archives Freedmen’s Bureau Website – http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/freedmens-bureau/
Site includes a link to the pdf version of a brouchure about the collection.
Hope this helps with your research efforts. Happy hunting!!!