The Fruits of
a County Research
Where on Earth is Upson County?
Upson County 1864
county population 1830-70
named in pre-1865 upson county sources
from the county project - pt I
from the county project - pt II
conclusions in upson county apply to other places?
learn about antebellum state court systems?
known records of slavery"
State Court Systems
to spend a serious amount of time exploring public records should
first familiarize themselves with the state's antebellum court
systems. This knowledge will help you identify what records you want
to look at and will make best use of limited time on any visit to a
state or county archive.
For some states, there
may be useful online guides to state court systems like this very
brief example for Alabama: Alabama Research Outline - Court Records.
Some states offer
printed guides like this excellent booklet that can be
purchased from the South Carolina Department of Archives and
History: South Carolina Court Records: An Introduction for