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Guide to Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence
The AfriGeneas Guide to Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence
Are you contemplating a dive into the records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands?
The new AfriGeneas Guide to Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence is designed to help newcomers and experienced researchers alike find their way among the letters and reports of the Bureau. The guide shows how the Bureau tracked and filed its correspondence. The guide recommends a research strategy that may help genealogists and local historians alike maximize results from their research opportunities.
The bulk of Freedmen's Bureau records is correspondence: letters from civilians to the Bureau, replies to civilians from Bureau agents and officers, and, most of all, letters and reports from agents and officers of the Bureau to each other, as they did the Bureau's business.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has issued thousands of rolls of microfilm of Freedmen's Bureau records. Although the NARA has written indispensable, detailed pamphlets describing the contents of this microfilm, the pamphlets do not generally tell users how to make a strategy to research in the records.
The new AfriGeneas Guide to Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence is designed specifically to help researchers follow the trail of correspondence through the bureaucracy.
The AfriGeneas Guide to Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence is in the AfriGeneas Library, here:
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