Reconstruction Period Research Forum
In Response To: Carpetbaggers ()
In order to understand the resources for reconstruction genealogy, we must understand the era. What was it? Who(m) were the players? What did they think? Where did they live? What did they do? How did that affect the newly freed people? Did they leave? Stay? Did they survive???
And finally, what records would they have left and where?
The Civil War ended on April 9, 1865. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated less than one week later. Andrew Johnson, Lincoln's Vice President, briefly continued Lincoln's policies after Lincoln's assassination and in May 1865 announced his own plans for Reconstruction which included a vow of loyalty to the Nation and the abolition of slavery that Southern states were required to take before they could be readmitted to the Nation. ¹
¹"Reconstruction Era: 1865-1877." Howard University Library - Guides. Howard University Libraries. 12 Nov. 2005