identifying those ancestors that owned slaves

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I have recently been able to document 100+ years and ownership of hundreds of slaves within a branch of my family, at the same time I connected via DNA with AAs that had the same ancestor. How would the group feel about identifying those ancestors that owned slaves (method unknown) so that AAs that trace back to this vile period can more easily connect with their heritage.


Also, I only have access to the slave schedules, via – is there a free source?
asked in The Tree House by Richard Baker G2G3 (3.2k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

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There's a category Slave Owners in America with subcategories by state that you can place on your slave-owning ancestors.

answered by Sharon Casteel G2G6 Mach 8 (82.3k points)
selected by Richard Baker
Thank You, this is what I was trying to find
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Family Search has a data base which they say contains more than 39,000 names.

answered by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (124k points)
Thanks, for the info, however should we identify or flag on WikiTree as such.  My most famous (infamous by legend) are the Eppes and on my Ancestry Account I flagged these with a icon of the typical tobacco master on horseback.  I have gotten mostly positive comments, but also a little blowback - since this is public info I would not want to do this without consent.  You Opinion?

We shouldn't put somebody in Slave Owners in America or its subcategories unless the biography contains information about their slave ownership, supported by good documentation.

Saying that the person is identified as a slave owner in a FamilySearch database would not suffice, but a reference to a census record that you found in that FamilySearch database (or another good source) that documents ownership would, with text describing what the record says.

I plan on including a copy of the Slave Schedule, or other documentation or sourcing back to the location.  I have been chasized for including PDF's of the documentation so damned if you do and so on..

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