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Re: FPOC in Alabama
In Response To: FPOC in Alabama ()

Seventies Soulchild wrote:

"I'm currently researching my Smith family in Dallas Co., Alabama. I found out from other distant family members that they were FPOC. Are there any resources or books that I can be referred to about FPOCs in Alabama? I need help understanding this issue for genealogical research purposes.
Thank you for any references you may have.

Seventies Soulchild"

Hello Seventies Soulchild,

Congratualtions on your find of FPOC ancestors in Alabama.

While I have no particular books to refer to you, have you looked at Census records as a resource?

The 1830 Free Negro Heads of Household by Carter G. Woodson reflect Smith's in Lawrence, Madison & Monroe counties.

On Ancestry by the 1850 & 1860 Census there is an increase of Free Smith's by number and county.

1850 has 26 Smith's enumerated.. 1 in Lauderdale county and the remaining 25 are found in Clarke county. Birth years and locations range from 1768 in SC to 1850 in AL.

1860 has 48 Smith's enumerated, counties listed are DALLAS (Oldtown & Selma ED's), Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mobile, Sumter & Tuscaloosa. Birth years and locations range from 1785 in GA to 1860 in AL.

Understanding the Issue... Again, I can't offer any books that deal with the issue of FPOC in Alabama, but the Laws of Emancipation for Alabama might make for good reading. And as I know, you are aware of the possible records in deeds, wills, property records and possibly newspapers from that era and area may be of help.

Wishing you the best in researching all of your ancestors, including those FPOC ancestors in Dallas county and Alabama.

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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