Thursday, April 13, 2006

Slaveholders and African Americans 1860-1870

Tom Blake's Slaveholders and African Americans 1860-1870 seeks to make a tricky genealogical situation slightly less tricky. As a first step, the site cross-references the standard 1860 census schedules with the 1860 slave schedules to show who the slaveholders were and what were their holdings. Blake lists the 16 largest slaveholders in America, and the 1,555 slaves aged 100 and up whose names and ages enumerators were required to record. He also has matched surnames of slaveholders in 1860 with those of free African Americans in 1870, and provides statistics that could suggest possibilities for future research.