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Enslaved Data in Tables

One of the best ways to display unnamed slave information is in a table.

This is the 1850 Census transcribed into a table

Name of Slave OwnersNumber of SlavesAgeSexColor
Ephraim Daniel148MB
Ephraim Daniel148FB
Ephraim Daniel147FB
Ephraim Daniel134MB
Ephraim Daniel133FB
Ephraim Daniel130MB
Ephraim Daniel125MB
Ephraim Daniel122MB
Ephraim Daniel130MB
Ephraim Daniel117MB

If people appear in more than source, that information can also go into the table. You can pretty much organize it however you choose. Notice that the slave holder and source in this example are links to a profile and the source document.

Age Sex Color Birth Location Slave Holder Document Date Source
12 M B bf 1800 Edgecombe County, NC, USA Joseph Daniel 4 APR 1800 Transcribed Will of Joseph Daniel

The diligent WikiTree-er who created the profile for Daniel Chestnut Sr. created a linked Space Page for information about his farm and enslaved laborers: Daniel Chestnut Sr. Plantation. This chart shows a chronology of sources for each person. Additionally, many of the enslaved people were eventually identified. They have their own WikiTree profiles and the table contains links to them.

This is a portion of one of the Chestnut Tables:

1790 1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 Profile ID
17b Black Male 1820-183015b Black Male 1816-18304a20 Black Male 1830Jacob Black Male 1830
17c Black Male 1806-182015c Black Male 1816-18304a18 Black Male 1820Esau Black Male 1812Esau Chestnut
15d Black Female 1816-18304a21 Black Female 1827Miah Black Female 1838Mariah Chestnut
4a22 Black Male 1849Ransom Black Male 1848Ransom Chestnut
Jack Black Male 1850John Chestnut

Creating a Table

The easiest way to create a WikiTree table is to enter it into a spreadsheet such as Excel or Google Sheets (which is free) and use the easy convert utility: https://magnustools.toolforge.org/tab2wiki.php [1]

  • Copy and paste the columns and rows of the table (including the title row) into the window. You can make the table sortable. Don't worry if it doesn't work the first time. Make the necessary changes to your table, repaste and rerun the utility. Copy all of the data in the table format to the page.

If you don't have access to a spreadsheet program copy the following WikiTree formatting and modify with your data. Make sure to copy all of the code.

Table Header:

{| border="1" class="sortable"
!Heading Column 1!!Heading Column 2!!Heading Column 3!!Heading Column 4!!Heading Column 4 |-

Row (duplicate as needed)

|Column 1||Column 2||Column 3||Column 4||Column 5 |-

Table End Marker

  • Paste the completed table into the Profile's text area, following the steps below or create a Space Page linked to the Slave Holder's profile.

Steps for Updating the Slave Holder Profile

  • Edit the slave holder's profile and scroll to the Edit Text area
  • Copy and paste the text from the third column of the following table into the Biography area. Make sure and leave Sources as the final section of the page.
Displayed Display Example Copy, Paste - Modify
Enslaved Person(s)

=== Enslaved Person(s) ===

=== Enslaved Person(s) ===

  • Paste the chart into the page.

Additional Table Examples

Canadian Suffragettes Table

Australian Bushrangers Table

Killed in Action Table

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