Some Resources (and a New Roadblock) in African American Research
On 19 June 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and his regiment landed at Galveston, Texas, to announce that the war had ended and the previously enslaved were free. “Wait,” you might think. “Wasn’t that 2½ years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect?” Yes; yes, it was. Texas had not had a significant enough Union presence in the intervening years to enforce that executive order. So the enslaved of Texas knew nothing of their freedom until that June 19th and the arrival of Granger. Since that date, “Juneteenth,” as it came to be known, has celebrated the ending of slavery in the United States.
To commemorate Juneteenth, even belatedly, I wanted to publicize a few new and/or important resources in African American research, as well as a recently created roadblock that significantly impacts researchers. I’ll start with the bad news first. It’s not insubstantial.Only NGS members have access to full articles of NGS Monthly. Please log in or click here to learn more about joining the National Genealogical Society.
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See my blog post about the Slave Name Roll Project and the 120 plus people enslaved by my ancestors and their children: https://scpgen.blogspot.com/2017/08/slave-name-roll-project.html
Steven C Perkins
Some time after Crista Cowan replied to my post about the lack of indexing for owners of enslaved persons in the slave schedules, I noticed an update and a very positive one – slave schedules are now indexed by the owners’ names. That is a huge improvement and I credit Crista with passing along the indexing issue to the tech people. Thank you for mentioning my posts. It is much appreciated.