Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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About Virginia Certificates of Importation from Accomack County Deeds, 1701-1838 (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

Probate & Other Court Records • 41 Records • Uploaded October 29, 2021 • Data Website: www.virginiamemory.com

These records were recorded from Accomack County (Va.) Deeds, 1701-1838 (bulk 1737-1820). Beginning in 1778, Virginia law required enslavers who brought enslaved people into the state to register them with the county court and sign a certificate of importation (sometimes entitled a certificate of non-importation) agreeing that they were not bringing enslaved people into the Commonwealth with the intent to sell. The enslaved person is sometimes named, but not always, and occasionally information is given as to age, birthdate, and the state from which the individuals were moving.

This source was extracted from data provided under Creative Commons from the Library of Virginia’s VIRGINIA UNTOLD: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN NARRATIVE project. The Library’s African American Narrative project aims to provide greater accessibility to pre-1865 African American history and genealogy found in the rich primary sources in its holdings.

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