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Re: Enumeration of Blacks Immigrating to Ohio

Just a word when using this census. It is great when looking for your ancestor. Through experience in 2002, I offer this information.

History will tell you that traffic between the panhandle regions of Southwest Pennsylvania; Southeast/Southwest Ohio; and Northern West Virginia, aka Virginia, in the periods involved was often.

Families travelled back and fro between the towns close by, i.e.: from Pittsburgh, PA to Steubenville, OH to just visit; work in border states; marriages were arranged; and so on. Fact: I had twin great aunts who were born in "Steubenville, PA," according to their birth records, which had me seeking maps through the libraries in Pennsylvania and Ohio in an attempt to verify whether Steubenville was in PA or OH, in the 1860's, (smile). Answer: No. Both were in walking distance, as it was in those days.

Movement of different types, is included onto this register, without fail. In fact, there is a special category, "Colored Persons in Ohio 1861-1863," in alphabetial order. It's sort of like a Passbook system for free and enslaved persons when passing back and from area's in the South.

I've wondered if other states had similar registers other than those we consider Southern.

Basic Tip: Like other resources use this register as a point, to be double-checked by other evidence because immigration could have a similar meaning as passing on this register. Good Hunting!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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