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USBH Heritage Exchange Slavery Projects Team

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US Black Heritage Project
Heritage Exchange Program

The Slavery Projects Team is part of the US Black Heritage Exchange Program. Slavery Projects involve large groups of slaves documented together, whether by event, location, or owner/trader.

Coordinators: Gina Jarvi, Elaine Martzen



Team Leader: Michelle Detwiler

Index of Plantation Space Pages

Long-Term Goals:

  • Gather all existing WikiTree plantation space pages and add them to the Plantations Index page
  • Complete existing plantation pages on the Plantation Index page
  • Create new Plantations Pages, adding slave owner and slave documentation to these pages

Short-Term Goals

  • Slave profiles need to be created for existing plantations on the Plantations Index page
  • Further research needed on some of the existing plantation pages

This project has two spreadsheets we work off of:

  • A list of plantations
  • A list of over 2000 slave owners


  • All plantations with space pages need categories created
  • All slaves, slave owners, and other key figures at a plantation should have categorization pertaining to the plantation

American Colonization Society/Emigration to Liberia

Coordinator: Gina Jarvi

  • American Colonization Society founded the colony of Liberia in 1822 for the express purpose of sending free blacks back to Africa. Continue to develop the history and the profiles associated with the ACS.
  • Emigrants to Liberia This page lists the ships that left the US for Liberia. Each ship needs to be linked to the roll of passengers, given a category, and profiles created for those who emigrated.

Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes is a historical document that records names and descriptions of 3,000 Black Loyalists, enslaved Africans who escaped to the British lines during the American Revolution and were evacuated to points in Nova Scotia as free people of colour.

Clotilda (Last Known Slave Ship)

Names of known slaves who survived the voyage American Name|African Name|African Tribe. These people need profiles. Clotilda (Last Known Slave Ship)

Coastwise Slave Manifests

Coordinators: Elaine Marzten and Gina Jarvi

Coastwise Slave Ship Manifests A directory of the transcribed ship manifests from the National Archives. Each ship needs a free space page and categories; profiles of the enslaved are also needed.

Confederate Slave Payrolls

Coordinators: Elaine Marzten and Gina Jarvi

Index to Confederate Slave Payrolls A very large and complex project to document the named slaves who were loaned out to the Confederacy by their owners.

Georgetown GU272

Leader: Emma MacBeath

Georgetown GU272

  • This project has a set of categories for ancestors and descendants
  • This project has a spreadsheet with the heads of the families listed.
  • Most of these profiles need to be sourced.

Notable Projects

We would like to document all presidents, vice presidents, and congressmen who owned slaves. Please ask for access to the presidents, vice presidents, and other big name people spreadsheet or the congressmen spreadsheet if you are a member of USBH and would like to work on this project.

Thomas Jefferson

Monticello Plantation, Albemarle, Virginia

  • Plantation pages are being created and slave research and documentation is currently active

Slave Owners by Slave Schedule

This index is for the purpose of insuring we document every slave owner who appears on the 1850 and 1860 slave schedules. They are indexed by county for each year. These lists come from Family Search.

Weeping Time

List of Weeping Time Slaves

For resources see: Slavery, United States of America, Resources


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I have copies of slave receipts for numerous Surrency enslaved individuals as well as other information related to these individuals. I would be glad to have people contact me for information about black Surrencys as I would be glad to help with finding your ancestors. Most of these records are connected to Samuel D. Surrency, III, of Tattnall County, Georgia with a few records going back into South Carolina. S.D. Surrency, III, was a state representative and senator for many years until his death in 1866. Please contact me at my email address [email address removed]

Thank you, Scott L. Peeler, Jr.

posted on US Black Heritage Slavery Teams (merged) by Scott Peeler Jr.
edited by Scott Peeler Jr.
I would love to join in this important work. I've been transcribing wills of slave owners in southern Virginia and would love to add this information to existing profiles.
posted on US Black Heritage Slavery Teams (merged) by Kelley Conner
Your timing is perfect since we're getting ready to launch our Heritage Exchange Program this week. Can you post on our g2g page, so I can make sure to add you?

Thanks, emma

posted on US Black Heritage Slavery Teams (merged) by Emma (McBeth) MacBeath M.Ed MSM
I subscribe to a Maryland Genealogy Network FaceBook Group. A member posted a resource containing first names of 19 "colored servants" baptized 1842 in Hagerstown, Washington Co, MD. St John's Protestant Episcopal Church of Hagerstown. It's available through the Maryland State Archives, "St. John's Church Collection" I hope that's enough information to be helpful to folks.
posted on US Black Heritage: Enslaved People Teams (merged) by Jane (Snell) Copes