Virginia, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1870 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a searchable name index and browsable images of Texas Freedmen’s Bureau records African American relief efforts after the US Civil War.

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What Can I Learn from Virginia Freedmen’s Bureau Records?

The index usually has:

the African American’s name, with or without a last name (surname)
the State
the Event date

The images the index links to have much more information including:

  • Name of African American or former slave
  • the State
  • the Event date
  • Name of Spouse, legalization of marriage
  • Name of children
  • Labor contract information
  • Bounty land claims
  • Homestead information
  • Records of education, healthcare, food & clothing, refugee camps, applications for relief
  • Registers of complaints, contracts, disbursements, freedmen issued rations
  • Registers of patents, reports, rosters of officers & employees, trials, property restoration, homesteads
  • Special and general orders issued or received
  • References to previous slave-owners




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