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Reconstruction Period Research Forum

Reconstruction's Trail - Its Records

Thought I would start (another) thread on the records of the Reconstruction period, especially those having genealogical value.
Some records were produced during the Reconstruction period; other records were completed years later. Each differs in detail and value.

What can you add to the list?

1. U.S. Government

Congressional Records ("Serial Set")
Freedmen's Bureau Records
1870 U.S. Population Census Records
Southern Claims Commission
Civil War Service & Pension Records
Special Census of Union Veterans and Widows (1890)
Library of Congress - Collections (Narratives, Civil War, African American collections, Photos)

2. Local (State, County) Government Records

Marriage, Land, Tax Records
Divorce Records
Death Records
Coroner's Records - Inquests
Criminal Records
State Census Records (1860's to 1870's)
City / Territorial Census records
Special Lists / Military registers

3. Other

Civil War History, Militia Lists
First person (19th century) Narratives
Newspaper Reports
19th Century Publications, Journals, Commentaries
Family Papers, Diaries
Records of Southern Plantations - (from Emancipation)
Church Records (Birth/Christening, Marriage, Death)
American Missionary Society
City, State, County Histories

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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