Alabama, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872 is a free collection at FamilySearch.

This is a collection of images from the Alabama Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records and contains all types of records relating to assistance given to recently freed slaves in their adjustment to freedom.
Some of the records compiled by the Freedmen’s Bureau include:

  • education
  • health care
  • food and clothing
  • refugee camps
  • legalization of marriages
  • employment
  • labor contracts
  • securing back pay
  • bounty payments
  • pensions
  • letters and endorsements sent and received
  • account books
  • applications for rations
  • applications for relief
  • court records
  • labor contracts
  • registers of bounty claimants
  • registers of complaints
  • registers of contracts
  • registers of disbursements
  • registers of freedmen issued rations
  • registers of patients
  • reports
  • rosters of officers and employees
  • special and general orders and circulars received
  • special orders and circulars issued
  • records relating to claims
  • court trials
  • property restoration
  • homesteads


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