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Uncommon (not state Census, Birth, Marriage, Death records) sources for USBH profiles that I've used or need to use.



Grundset, Eric G, Editor. Forgotten Patriots—African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War: A Guide to Service, Sources, and Studies. (DAR, 2008) PDF

Rice University. Oceans of Kinfolk (Database). Slave Voyages

  • Inter-American Slave Trade, with slaves listed by name, age, gender, height, "racial descriptor", ship name, year, and Embarkation & Disembarkation ports. Some for sale; some being transferred to a different location by same owner; some with surnames (presumed to be surname of owner).

Smithsonian Transcriptions: Freedmen's Bureau Records: (Mississippi)

Still, William. The Underground Rail Road: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, Etc. (Philadelphia: Porter & Coates) 1872. Archives.org

  • Stories of former slaves, as noted by William Still of the Philadelphia Underground Railroad.

"United States, Freedman's Bank Records (1865-1874)": FamilySearch

  • Records of varying detail regarding accounts opened by former slaves, grouped by Freedman's Bureau offices.

University of North Carolina. Digital Library on American Slavery. [1]

  • Includes Slave Deeds (NC only), Escaped Slave Notices (NC only) and Court Petitions concerning race and slavery in most southern states.


Bowie, Effie Gwynn. Across the Years in Prince George's County: A Genealogical and Biographical History of Some Prince George's County, Maryland and Allied Families. (Genealogical Publishing: Baltimore; 1975) Ancestry.com

  • Copyrighted, but sharable. Well documented. Index starts image 887

Brumbaugh, Gaius Marcus, M.S. M.D., Compiler. Maryland Records: Colonial, Revolutionary, County, and Church from Original Sources. Volume 1 (Williams & Wilkins: Baltimore, MD; 1915) Archive.org (Full view) Only Anne Arundel, Frederick, Charles, and St Mary's Counties

  • Includes County Map of Maryland, 1773-1776; Provincial Census of August 1776 (Anne Arundel, Charles, Prince George's and Frederick Counties); Parish Records of Marriage Licenses and Births, et al. With Index of names!

Callum, Agnes Kane, Compiler. Slave Statistics of St. Mary's County Maryland, 1864. (Mullac Publishers: Baltimore, 1993) Maryland Archives Online; pdf available and recommended

  • Full name, age, gender, owner of every slave in St Mary's County, MD, as of 1 November 1864.
  • Index of Slaves, p 146; Index of Slave Owners, p 178
  • Pages 1-50 Transcribed into database on my computer

Ellefson, C Ashley. The Private Punishment of Servants and Slaves in Eighteenth-Century Maryland (Dissertation, 2010) Maryland Archives

  • Extremely well-documented story of slaves and servants in Maryland Province, 1700-1800. Sources cited

"Legacy of Slavery in Maryland" The Maryland State Archives (Electronic Publication) Maryland Archives Online

  • Case Studies, Interactive Maps, Extensive database

"Maryland State Archives: Colonial Probate Records (1634-1777)." Index only [2]

  • Index only, by name, with dates, for Inventories, Wills, etc. Original documents available only at the Archives.

Papenfuse, Edward C. et. al. A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789. (Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, 1979) Maryland Archives Online pdf image available

  • Biographies of early Maryland dignitaries, with ancestors, descendants, offices held, land and wealth. 4 volumes available, divided alphabetically

Salisbury University: Edward H Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture: Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva’s Black History: Enduring Connections

  • Multiple US, State and County sources, mostly concerning African-Americans in Maryland and Virginia. Searchable, but transcribed (no original records, although source is cited and may be available elsewhere, like FS)


Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records: Unindexed Books FamilySearch Collection


Church Registers
Clute, Robert F (Collector). The Annals and Parish Register of St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish in South Carolina, from 1680 to 1884. (Charleston: 1884) InternetArchive (Image _ of 111)
— History of Area, 9-23; Marriages: 24-44; Births and Baptisms: 46-91; Deaths and Burials: 94-111

Porwoll, Paul, compiler. Register of St Andrews Parish Church, Charleston, South Carolina (1700-1800). Transcribed and organized from South Carolina Historical Society articles, with original citations given Old St Andrews.org

Pringle, E. W. Allston [Elizabeth Waties Allston], Transcriber. The Register Book for the Parish Prince Frederick, Winyaw, From 1713. (Baltimore: National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Williams & Wilkins 1916). HathiTrust Alphabetical Index starts image 259.

Salley, Alexander S. (Editor). The Register Book for St Philips Parish, Charles Town, South Carolina. 1720-1758 (Charleston, South Carolina, 1904) Archive.org Births and Christenings, Marriages, Deaths and Burials; Index of names,

Historical Society
The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine Published Quarterly from 1900. Complete Volumes 1-24 (1900-1923) are here. Later issues at JSTOR. [3]


Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative. Library of Virginia

  • List with links to original sources, 1803-1867


The Colored American (Washington, D.C.; 1899-1904) Newspapers.com (Paid) or Chronicling America (Free) Nation-wide coverage of people and events deemed important to African-Americans of the time.

The Bystander (Des Moines, Iowa; 1894-1921) Newspapers.com (Paid) or Chronicling America (Free)

South Carolina Leader (Charleston, SC; 1865-1867) Newspapers.com (Paid) or Chronicling America (Free)


University of North Carolina. "Digital Library on American Slavery." Home Page

  • Includes North Carolina Slave Deeds (Searchable by name or keyword; By county, extracted data in process) Browse by Counties
  • North Carolina Runaway Slave Notices (1750-1865; Searchable by name or keyword; By county, extracted data) Browse all Ads
  • Race & Slavery Petitions Project (Searchable by State, date(s) and keyword; Browsable) Search

The Ohio Historical Society; Ohio History Connection. "The African-American Experience in Ohio (1850-1920)" Home

  • Includes Manuscripts, Newspapers, Pamphlets, Photographs and Prints. Has 27 WPA Ex-Slave Narratives that are not in the Library of Congress collection

"Biographical Directory of the United States Congress" [4]

WashingtonPost: Congressional Slave holders:

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