Virginia Untold: Free Registers (indexing)

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Virginia Untold: Free Registers (indexing)

Virginia Untold provides digital access to records that document some of the lived experiences of enslaved and free Black people in the Library of Virginia’s collections. Please help improve the discoverability of these sources by transcribing one of the project's many record types, registers of free Black people.

In 1793, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law requiring that all free Black people “be registered and numbered in a book to be kept by the town clerk, which shall specify age, name, color, status and by whom, and in what court emancipated.” The process was extended to localities in 1803. In 1834, the General Assembly added a requirement that each person be specified by marks or scars and the instrument of emancipation, whether by deed or will, be recorded. Registration language and process varied across the localities, thus the information in each register may differ, but generally speaking these registers document both free born and formerly enslaved people throughout Virginia.

This project is made possible through a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant. NHPRC provides advice and recommendations for the National Archives grants program.

Amelia County "Free Negro Register", 1804-1835

Amelia County "Free Negro Register", 1804-1835

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280 pages: 68% transcribed, 30% needs review
Amelia County "Free Negro Register", 1835-1855

Amelia County "Free Negro Register", 1835-1855

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211 pages: 19% transcribed, 5% needs review
Amelia County "Free Negro Register", 1855-1865

Amelia County "Free Negro Register", 1855-1865

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149 pages: 52% transcribed, 17% needs review
Amherst County "Free Negro Register", 1822-1864

Amherst County "Free Negro Register", 1822-1864

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142 pages: 26% transcribed, 2% needs review
Bedford County "County Court Minute Book and Free Negro Register", 1861-1873

Bedford County "County Court Minute Book and Free Negro Register", 1861-1873

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182 pages: 97% transcribed, 2% needs review
Bedford County "Free Negro Register", 1803-1820

Bedford County "Free Negro Register", 1803-1820

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19 pages: 53% transcribed, 32% needs review
Bedford County "Free Negro Register", 1820-1860

Bedford County "Free Negro Register", 1820-1860

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Charles City County "Free Negro Register", 1835-1864

Charles City County "Free Negro Register", 1835-1864

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39 pages: 18% transcribed, 13% needs review
Chesterfield County "Free Negro Register", 1804-1830

Chesterfield County "Free Negro Register", 1804-1830

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126 pages: 26% transcribed, 24% needs review
Chesterfield County "Free Negro Register", 1830-1853

Chesterfield County "Free Negro Register", 1830-1853

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102 pages: 7% transcribed, 3% needs review
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