Saturday, February 12, 2011

African American Genealogy Resources

Search for your ancestors in Freedman's Bank (1865-1874), which was founded to serve African Americans.

The digital images of the bank applications show the applicant's signature, and lists their date of birth, birthplace, where they were brought up, residence, age, complexion, occupation, who they work for, and names of spouse, children, parents, and siblings.

The early books sometimes also contain the name of the former master or mistress and the name of the plantation. In many entries not all the requested data are given. Copies of death certificates have been pinned to some of the entries. In each case the certificate has been filmed immediately after the page that shows the registration of the person's signature.

Freedman's Bank (1865-1874) is part of the HeritageQuest Online database, which is on our Genealogy Database Page. Log in with your Glenview Library card number.

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