Saturday, February 27, 2016

Names of freed slaves put into database

Larry Terrell Crudup can trace his ancestors back to slaves working on a plantation in North Carolina. But the Round Rock, Texas, resident doesn’t know what happened to those slaves when they were freed after the Civil War, or whether he’s related to any of the Crudups living on the East Coast. That’s why Crudup is participating Sunday in a national project to put the records of freed slaves into a free, searchable online database. The project uses records gathered by the federal government when it started the Freedmen’s Bureau in 1865. • Article

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