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.

Chesterfield County "Free Negro Register", 1853-1854

Chesterfield County "Free Negro Register", 1853-1854

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Fairfax County "Register of Free Negroes", 1822-1835

Fairfax County "Register of Free Negroes", 1822-1835

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215 pages: 37% transcribed, 37% needs review
Fairfax County "Register of Free Negroes", 1835-1861

Fairfax County "Register of Free Negroes", 1835-1861

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267 pages: 3% transcribed
Goochland County "Free Negro Register", 1804-1864

Goochland County "Free Negro Register", 1804-1864

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481 pages: 27% transcribed, 26% needs review
Henrico County "Free Negro Register", 1852-1863

Henrico County "Free Negro Register", 1852-1863

83 pages: 91% transcribed, 51% needs review
King George County "Register of Free Negroes", 1794-1822

King George County "Register of Free Negroes", 1794-1822

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161 pages: 89% transcribed
Lunenburg County "Register of Free Negroes", 1850-1865

Lunenburg County "Register of Free Negroes", 1850-1865

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69 pages: 33% transcribed
Lynchburg City "Free Negro Register and Index", 1843-1865

Lynchburg City "Free Negro Register and Index", 1843-1865

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212 pages: 24% transcribed, 4% needs review
Lynchburg City "Free Negro Register", 1805-1813

Lynchburg City "Free Negro Register", 1805-1813

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Lynchburg City "Free Negro Register", 1813-1843

Lynchburg City "Free Negro Register", 1813-1843

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133 pages: 1% transcribed, 1% needs review
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