Virginia Untold: Free Registers (indexing)

OverviewStatistics

About

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.

Petersburg City "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1794-1819

Petersburg City "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1794-1819

Some pages still need work. Help out!

225 pages: 22% transcribed
Petersburg City "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1819-1833

Petersburg City "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1819-1833

Some pages still need work. Help out!

277 pages: 3% transcribed
Petersburg City "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1831-1839

Petersburg City "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1831-1839

Some pages still need work. Help out!

243 pages: 4% transcribed, 3% needs review
Petersburg City "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1839-1850

Petersburg City "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1839-1850

Some pages still need work. Help out!

278 pages: 0% transcribed
Petersburg City "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1850-1858

Petersburg City "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1850-1858

Some pages still need work. Help out!

263 pages: 3% transcribed
Petersburg City "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1859-1865

Petersburg City "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1859-1865

Some pages still need work. Help out!

70 pages: 4% transcribed, 1% needs review
Powhatan County "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1800-1820

Powhatan County "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1800-1820

Some pages still need work. Help out!

400 pages: 14% transcribed, 7% needs review
Powhatan County "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1820-1865

Powhatan County "Register of Free Negroes and Mulattoes", 1820-1865

Some pages still need work. Help out!

86 pages: 9% transcribed, 7% needs review
Roanoke County "Free Negro Register", 1838-1865

Roanoke County "Free Negro Register", 1838-1865

Some pages still need work. Help out!

74 pages: 13% transcribed, 5% needs review
Rockbridge County "Register of Free Negroes", 1831-1860

Rockbridge County "Register of Free Negroes", 1831-1860

Some pages still need work. Help out!

220 pages: 8% transcribed, 7% needs review
Displaying Work 21 - 30 of 35 in total