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Mapping the Freedmen's Bureau

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The Freedmen's Bureau was established after the U.S. Civil War in order to provide assistance to "refugees and freedman" living in the American South. Importantly, the Freedmen's Bureau produced a number of important documents, including marriage records and labor contracts. Mapping the Freedmen's Bureau is a resource created by genealogists Angela Walton-Raji and Toni Carrier designed to help genealogists and historians find historical documents of interest. In the maps section, visitors can find the location of dozens of Freedmen's Bureau officers, as well as camps and hospitals, which are organized on the map by pins. By selecting a pin of interest, visitors can find out how to access documents created at this particular office. Many of these offices have digitized these documents and made them available online (usually through Family Search; some through the Internet Archive). A second map features the locations of Freedmen's Bureau banks. The research guide section contains detailed pamphlets, courtesy of the National Archives, of the Freedmen's Bureau records from each state. Finally, the sample documents section provides examples of the types of documents the Freedmen's Bureau created.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-07-06
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/0706

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