The Valley of the Shadow

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Free Black RegistryIn a slave society, white people kept a close eye on free black people, who had to register with the county government. Those records of free blacks in Augusta and Staunton have been transcribed by Katherine Bushman and made available for this archive. These sources are searchable using the "Find" function on your browser.

Register of Free Blacks, Augusta County

This is a very large file, so we have divided it into two sections:

Registration dates between 1803 and 1845 (123K)
Registration dates between 1846 and 1865 (126K)

About the Free Black Registry
Be aware that many people registered more than once during their lifetime. If you are looking for a specific individual, be sure to check both files.

Register of Free Blacks, Staunton City

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