From 1865 to 1872, the Freedmen’s Bureau helped tens of thousands of freed slaves build new lives, while documenting nearly every aspect of the post-Civil War experience. As a result, the Freedmen’s Bureau records are among the most valuable sources of information on African American genealogy. #DiscoverFreedmen
Brochure on the Freedmen's Bureau records at NARA -- The records left by the Freedmen's Bureau through its work between 1865 and 1872 constitute the richest and most extensive documentary source available for investigating the African American experience in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras. http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/freedmens-bureau/#
Freedmen's Bureau Records Indexing Project - rich resources who assist anyone with southern roots in the 1800's....critial...
President Lincon and Congress set up the Freedmen's Bureau to assist many poor blacks and whites. The Freedmen's Bureau was the first agency of the United States government to provide direct welfare assistance to citizens. After the war, the Bureau provided food, medical service, and transportation money to reunite families. The Freedmen's Bureau also set up hundreds of schools and found work for freedmen.
Using Freedmen's Bureau Records Records in Genealogy Research
The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands is often simply referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau. Often as genealogists, we are aware of the Freedmen's Bureau, but do not fully realize the potential it holds for our genealogy research. Let's take a closer look.
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