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Re: Emancipation in Mecklenburg VA

Thanks for the suggestion. I plan to visit the Library of Virginia (LOV) this week. The probate record notes that the heirs challenged the will and the slaves filed a suit in chancery. The slaves won. Those files are now stored at LOV but I was warned that they are probably sketchy. I will of course ask about other resources when I visit there.

I checked the microfilm version of the free Negro registry before I went to Boydton and double-checked volume 2 at the courthouse. No listings. I also checked the Heinegg book. I had previously used Interlibrary loans to get the relevent Mecklenburg County probate microfilms from the LOV, only to find the film covering the estate difficult to read and copying illegible-hence the trip to Boydton.

This is my first serious foray into researching Virginia records. Previously my research has been in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky and a visit to the county always turned up a wealth of information. I want to maximize my time and research when I visit the LOV, plus I am looking for other resources I might have overlooked.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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