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Re: HOW TO DETERMINE WHEN YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS WERE FREED

Hi Gwen --

A few more tips that worked for me....

My ggg(still not sure if there was another "great" in there) grandmother was DINAH MANNS.

She was a free woman and head of household in Anne Arundel Maryland in 1810.

When I did a search of just the last name, I found another FREE surname MANNS, a J. MANNS --Free and living in Baltimore. Many of the family later moved from Arundel to Baltimore.

* Make sure you review the blank forms for each census year before and after you see the earliest ancestor. Each column will have important information.

For example in 1810, Dinah MANNS has 5 others living with her.

* Then make sure that you make copies of the 2/3 CENSUS image pages before and after you see the ancestors name in the first census.

Those names are so important because they may either be friends or relatives that are also free and you can connect their names later

OR

They may be the names of some of the possible slave owners for your ancestors.

* Check for the names of possible slave owners before and after that Census year.


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