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Re: Guide to Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence

Unless the pay-sites include images of all the recent microfilm of the Freedmen's Bureau, they won't be much help to researchers looking for Bureau material.

Focusing on Pensacola, there are only 15 rolls of film in M1869 for the Freedmen's Bureau in Florida, so if you get the loan of three of the key rolls for your area of research (rolls 2, 7, 15) from an FHC or by interlibrary loan, it should not take long to go through the Assistant Commissioner's registers of letters received on roll 2, the unregistered letters received on roll 7, and the Pensacola section of roll 15.

M1817, Roll 1, Marriages, reproduces all the marriage licenses known to be associated with the Freedmen's Bureau in Florida: "The single unbound report of marriages is undated and unarranged. Unbound marriage licenses and certificates arranged generally alphabetically by initial letter of the surname of the bridegroom cover the period 1864–68."

Lastly, not on microfilm, but if you ever take a vacation to the National Archives in DC, in Record Group 393 (US Army Continental Commands, 1821-1920), Part 1, you will find the records of the 3d Military District, 1867-8 (GA, AL, FL). When I was looking at this record group, I saw a lot of Florida material in the registers of letters received, and I thought of you, but did not have time to go through it in detail for the Pensacola material; name and subject indexes are in three volumes in Entry 5729. A subset of the 3d Military District material is the Bureau of Civil Affairs records; therein (Entry 5783) is a bundle of miscellaneous letters received, about two or three inches thick, related to Alabama and Florida in Entry; also three vols of Letters received (Entry 5781).


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