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Index to Confederate Slave Payrolls on WikiTree

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This page is an index for all Confederate Slave Payrolls on WikiTree. This is from a set of documents which the National Archives recently digitized, and the Archives has set no restrictions for usage. See more about the payrolls at the National Archives, and see FamilySearch for a partial list.

The Confederate States impressed into labor many enslaved people for a variety of military tasks, such as fortifying defenses and mining for materials for gunpowder. These payrolls can be genealogically valuable, and show, typically, the county from which the slave owner and enslaved person came, their names, and rate of pay for the slave. Either the owner or an approved substitute signed for and received the pay from the Confederate states.

When the War Department gathered the paperwork after the Civil War, they numbered all the payrolls, generally by state, but not specifically by county or time period. This WikiTree Index and set of free space pages attempts to organize them, link them to slave owner profiles, and create profiles for the enslaved ancestors, so that they may be connected to their descendants. (workspace pages also cross-reference censuses, wills, and other documents to attempt to identify the enslaved ancestors.

There are approximately 6,000 payrolls, with anywhere from about 2 to 15 slave owners and enslaved people on each. Instead of creating a page for each payroll, I (Elaine Weatherall) am adding several payrolls per page, according to location from which the slave owners came. Then anyone is welcome to link or create the slave owner names and enslaved ancestors, in accordance with the US Black Heritage - Exchange Program guidelines. See Heritage Exchange Portal and Naming Conventions for Slaves.


North Carolina



  1. Payroll 2367. War Department Collection of Conf Records, 1825 - 1927. Series: Conf Slave Payrolls, 1874 - 1899 [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/79425991 Payroll 2367
  2. Payroll 1994

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