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Manumission Records

Manumission Records
Eakle and Cerny, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, p.591
Prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves were frequently given their freedom. Some were able to purchase their freedom, especially if they lived in urban areas where they could "moonlight" for extra money. Some slave owners freed favored slaves, a slave mistress and her children, or slaves who provided valiant services. Freed slaves received documents attesting to their manumission, and the action was recorded in county court or land records. Some manumission records are also housed in local and state historical libraries or archives.
Eakle and Cerny, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, p.591

Blacks born as freemen also held certificates attesting to their free status although such documents were not always protection against being kidnapped and sold.

Slave Advertisements
Eakle and Cerny, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, p.591
Newspaper ads (see figure 196) appeared in hundreds of newspapers throughout the slave states advertising sales or runaways. With no indexes or catalogued collections, you will have to learn the names of newspapers for the areas in which your slave ancestors lived and then search them page by page to determine if the slave owner advertised.

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