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.

Southampton County "Free Negro Register", 1794-1832

Southampton County "Free Negro Register", 1794-1832

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Southampton County "Free Negro Register", 1832-1864

Southampton County "Free Negro Register", 1832-1864

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Westmoreland County "Register of Free Negroes", 1817-1826

Westmoreland County "Register of Free Negroes", 1817-1826

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Westmoreland County "Register of Free Negroes", 1828-1849

Westmoreland County "Register of Free Negroes", 1828-1849

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Westmoreland County "Register of Free Negroes", 1850-1861

Westmoreland County "Register of Free Negroes", 1850-1861

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