Digital Library on American Slavery has online collections for researching American slavery including:


Slave Deeds – property deeds – bills of sale, deeds of trust, divisions of property – registered with county courts and registers of deeds that contain information about enslaved individuals. Sometimes these individuals are listed only by number, but more often they are listed by name and age, providing invaluable historical information for historians and genealogists.


NC Slave Notices, 1750-1865 – runaway slave notices (more than 5000 items) published in North Carolina newspapers from 1751 to 1865.


Race & Slave Petitions – detailed information on about 150,000 individuals, including slaves, free people of color, and whites, extracted from 2,975 legislative petitions and 14,512 county court petitions, as well as from a wide range of related documents, including wills, inventories, deeds, bills of sale, depositions, court proceedings, amended petitions, among others. Buried in these documents are the names and other data on roughly 80,000 slaves, 8,000 free people of color, and 62,000 whites, both slave owners and non-slave owners


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