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

Our Sources

We have compiled original and transcribed sources that document the African-American experience in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Together they enable researchers to discover new themes and stories that highlight the enduring connections within Delmarva's Black communities.

The Nabb Center acknowledges that historical records may contain harmful language that reflects attitudes and biases of their time. We do not alter, edit, or modify original records or original captions, as they are part of the historical record. We're also working to address harmful language that may appear in staff-generated descriptions.

Here is the complete list of sources we have transcribed or extracted, with information about each to help you gauge their usefulness for your purposes. Please remember that many of these sources are not the complete record; individuals denoted as people of color were extracted from larger sets of records. New sources will be continually added as we continue this project.

  • 1798 Federal Direct Tax of Slaveowners

    Censuses & Lists • 930 Records • Added June 6, 2022

    This source was extracted from The 1798 Federal Direct Tax of Somerset County, Maryland, which documented the description of the land, commercial buildings, number of slave owners, and a description of each d…

  • 1800 U.S. Census Free Black Heads of Household

    Censuses & Lists • 616 Records • Added January 18, 2022 • freeafricanamericans.com

    The 1800 Census was the second census recorded in the United States. These records include individuals who were listed as "negro" or "mulatto" on the Delmarva Peninsula. These records were originally transcribe…

  • 1810 U.S Census Free Black Heads of Household

    Censuses & Lists • 696 Records • Added January 18, 2022 • freeafricanamericans.com

    The 1810 Census was the third census recorded in the United States. These records include individuals who were listed as "negro" or "mulatto" on the Delmarva Peninsula. These records were originally transcribed…

  • 1820 U.S. Census Free Black Heads of Household

    Censuses & Lists • 550 Records • Added January 18, 2022 • freeafricanamericans.com

    The 1820 census was the fourth recorded in the United States. Questions from this census differed from years prior by asking for the number of individuals either free or enslaved within their household and thei…

  • 1830 U.S. Census Free Black Heads of Household

    Censuses & Lists • 2,205 Records • Added July 9, 2021 • archive.org

    The 1830 census of the United States recorded every head of household in the country (note: Somerset and Queen Anne's counties in Maryland are missing), with others in the household tallied by age range. This t…

  • 1832 Census of Free Blacks in Somerset County, Maryland

    Censuses & Lists • 2,213 Records • Added July 6, 2021

    While the 1830 census of Somerset County, Maryland did not survive, this 1832 record of free Black people was enumerated on behalf of the Maryland Colonization Society during its effort to relocate newly freed …

  • 1850 U.S. Census Free Blacks

    Censuses & Lists • 13,368 Records • Added November 9, 2021

    The 1850 census was the seventh census recorded in the United States. These records include all individuals who were listed as 'Black' or 'Mulatto' in the field that denoted racial identity. For individuals who…

  • 1850 U.S. Census Slave Schedule

    Censuses & Lists • 14,844 Records • Added July 6, 2021

    During the 1850 census, a separate 'slave schedule' enumerated the enslaved people in the United States. Enslaved people were not listed by name and instead were listed by slaveowner in each county and election…

  • 1860 U.S. Census Free Blacks

    Censuses & Lists • 22,907 Records • Added July 6, 2021

    The 1860 census was the eighth census recorded in the United States. These records include all individuals who were listed as 'Black' or 'Mulatto' in the field that denoted racial identity. For individuals who …

  • 1860 U.S. Census Slave Schedule

    Censuses & Lists • 10,332 Records • Added July 7, 2021

    During the 1860 census, a separate 'slave schedule' enumerated the enslaved people in the United States. Enslaved people were not listed by name and instead were listed by slaveowner in each county and election…

  • 1890 Special Census of Civil War Veterans

    Military • 315 Records • Added June 30, 2022

    In 1890, the United States conducted a special census of veterans of the American Civil War; the 1890 population census for the United States was destroyed in a fire. This compilation currently includes Black M…

  • Abstract of Find A Grave Profiles

    Cemetery • 4,963 Records • Added June 7, 2022 • www.findagrave.com

    These records, abstracted from the world's largest gravesite database, Find a Grave, include the names, birthdates, death dates, and burial locations of people interred at known African-American burial sites in…

  • Abstracts From the Land Records of Dorchester County, Maryland

    Miscellaneous • 302 Records • Added September 2, 2022 • mdlandrec.net

    This database contains extracts from the Abstracts From the Land Records of Dorchester County, Maryland series abstracted by James A. McAllister, Jr., the former Assistant Register of Wills of Dorchester County…

  • Abstracts from William Still's Underground Railroad

    Biographical • 162 Records • Added May 2, 2022 • archive.org

    This source was extracted from William Still's 1872 Underground Railroad, which documented the narratives of individuals who had escaped slavery in the South. Stories of individuals who escaped from or throug…

  • Abstracts of Maryland County Land Records, 1769-1803

    Probate & Other Court Records • 900 Records • Added July 28, 2022 • mdlandrec.net

    This abstract of land records is extracted from the series of Maryland land record books by Leslie and Neil Keddie. The original records can be found on https://mdlandrec.net/main/index.cfm by searching the ap…

  • Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

    Probate & Other Court Records • 91 Records • Added October 11, 2021

    Delmarva locations were extracted from the “finding aids” of microfilm series Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867, from Series II of Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks Part B (Maryland (1775-1866), D…

  • Abstracts of Somerset County Orphans Court Proceedings (Volumes 1-3), 1772-1792, 1811-1852

    Probate & Other Court Records • 891 Records • Added October 14, 2021

    Abstract entries such as apprenticeships of free people of color and transactions regarding sales, sometimes including names, of enslaved people and the names of the deceased’s estate from which they came are…

  • Abstracts of Worcester Orphans Court Proceedings (Volumes 1-3), 1780-1832

    Probate & Other Court Records • 1,083 Records • Added February 9, 2022

    These court proceedings detail the changing ownership of apprentices or the enslaved to other individuals. This abstract only contains data for people noted as "Free" or "Slave". These records of court proceedi…

  • Accomack County Indentures, 1798-1835

    Probate & Other Court Records • 104 Records • Added October 20, 2021

    These indentures were transcribed by Gail M. Walczyk from the Court Records from Wills and Deeds to Orphans Accounts and published by Peter's Row in 2002. This compilation includes individuals noted as peopl…

  • Accomack County, Virginia Death Register, 1853-1896

    Miscellaneous • 3,887 Records • Added October 15, 2021

    Transcribed and compiled by Gail M. Walczyk, this register records the deaths of African Americans in Accomack County, Virginia between 1853 and 1896 (excepting 1861 to 1864).

  • Apprenticeships from the Somerset County Register of Wills (Indentures), 1864-1867

    Probate & Other Court Records • 796 Records • Added October 7, 2021

    The apprenticeship applications submitted to the Register of Wills documents the attempts of former slaveowners to maintain possession of the children of their recently freed slaves immediately after 1864 Maryl…

  • Apprenticeships from the Worcester County Register of Wills (Indentures), 1864-1867

    Probate & Other Court Records • 471 Records • Added January 10, 2022

    The apprenticeship applications submitted to the Register of Wills documents the attempts of former slaveowners to maintain possession of the children of their recently freed slaves immediately after 1864 Maryl…

  • Cemeteries in Linda Duyer's 'One Kind Favor' book

    Cemetery • 333 Records • Added July 6, 2021

    Cemetery data is produced from Linda Duyer's book titled One Kind Favor: African American Burial Sites of Dorchester and Wicomico Counties, compiled in 1997. Data include tombstone transcriptions, family rela…

  • Certificates of Freedom in Somerset County, 1821-1864

    Manumission & Freedom • 1,075 Records • Added July 7, 2021

    A Certificate of Freedom, issued by the Clerk of the Court of Somerset County, proved the status of Black individuals, in some instances preventing them from being resold into slavery. These certificates featur…

  • Delaware Bastardy Bonds 1851-1890

    Miscellaneous • 36 Records • Added January 19, 2022 • archives.delaware.gov

    Bastardy Bonds posted by the father of an illegitimate child ensured reimbursement for the expenses acquired by those caring for the child. These data are abstracted from Delaware Public Archives' "Sussex Count…

  • Delaware Coroner's Inquests 1757-1890

    Probate & Other Court Records • 97 Records • Added January 20, 2022 • archives.delaware.gov

    Coroner’s inquests are investigations into the deaths of individuals who died by a sudden, violent, unnatural, or suspicious manner, or who died without medical attendance. This data is abstracted from Delawa…

  • Delaware Enrolled Bills 1776-1911

    Miscellaneous • 217 Records • Added January 19, 2022 • archives.delaware.gov

    Abstracted from Delaware Public Archives' partial index of legislation passed by Delaware's General Assembly from 1776 to 1911. This extraction lists legislation that refers to “negro,” "slaves," or “colo…

  • Domestic Traffic Advertisements (Maryland State Archives: Beneath the Underground database)

    Miscellaneous • 657 Records • Added August 31, 2022 • slavery2.msa.maryland.gov

    This source includes newspaper advertisements placed by slave traders to buy or sell slaves throughout the state. This source includes only records from Eastern Shore counties; for records from all other Maryla…

  • Free Black Families of Colonial Delmarva (abstracted by Paul Heinegg)

    Biographical • 104 Records • Added June 17, 2022 • www.freeafricanamericans.com

    This source, abstracted from original records by Paul Heinegg, compiles the histories of free Black families that lived on the Delmarva Peninsula during the Colonial Era. Many of these families descended throug…

  • Handsell Plantation Enslaved Peoples Database

    Miscellaneous • 298 Records • Added June 22, 2022 • www.restorehandsell.org

    This source documents information about the individuals who were once enslaved by the owners of Handsell Plantation in Dorchester County, Maryland. Compiled and researched by the Nanticoke Historic Preservation…

  • John E. Jacob Jr.'s City of Salisbury Surname Index and Abstracts, 1716-1864

    Miscellaneous • 168 Records • Added November 30, 2021

    These notes, compiling the names of people noted as Blacks or negroes in the land records of Somerset and Worcester counties, were abstracted from the Nabb Center’s John Jacob Collection (1984.016) of note c…

  • John E. Jacob Jr.'s Lower Eastern Shore Indexes and Abstracts (Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties)

    Miscellaneous • 199 Records • Added October 21, 2021 • archive.org

    These notes, compiling the names of people noted as Blacks or negroes in the land records of Somerset and Worcester counties, were abstracted from the Nabb Center’s John Jacob Collection (1984.016) of note c…

  • Madison Circuit of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church baptismal records

    Church • 221 Records • Added July 6, 2021 • ia802808.us.archive.org

    This source documents the baptisms conducted by the clergy at Malone Methodist Episcopal Church, which was within the Delaware Conference's (African American) Madison Circuit in Dorchester County, Maryland. Dat…

  • Madison Circuit of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church marriage records

    Church • 97 Records • Added July 7, 2021 • ia802808.us.archive.org

    This source documents the marriages conducted by the clergy at the Malone Methodist Episcopal Church, which was within the Delaware Conference's (African American) Madison Circuit in Dorchester County, Maryland…

  • Manumissions in Somerset and Worcester County Land Records, 1825-1866

    Manumission & Freedom • 1,352 Records • Added July 7, 2021

    This abstract includes deeds of manumission for formerly enslaved people found between 1825-1866 in Somerset and Worcester counties, Maryland. Included in the listing are the names of slave-owners and the ensla…

  • Maryland Colonization Society Manumission Book, 1832-1860

    Manumission & Freedom • 623 Records • Added August 3, 2021

    Abstractions of the Record of Manumissions Reported to the Board of State Colonization Managers by the Registers of Wills and Clerks of the Several Counties of Maryland were made from MS571: Papers of the Mar…

  • Maryland Penitentary Records (Maryland State Archives: Beneath the Underground database)

    Prison • 9 Records • Added August 31, 2022 • slavery.msa.maryland.gov

    This source includes data compiled from records of individuals arrested during the Antebellum period for slavery related crimes (specifically 1811-1864). This source includes only records from Eastern Shore cou…

  • Marylanders Sent to Liberia, 1820-1840

    Miscellaneous • 274 Records • Added October 15, 2021

    Compiled from "Marylanders to Liberia” by Jerry M. Hynson, published in Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin Spring 1998 Volume 39 Number 2, which abstracted data from *U.S. Congress, Senate, Roll of Emig…

  • Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal Church baptismal records

    Church • 696 Records • Added July 7, 2021

    Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal Church, located in Princess Anne, Maryland, and originally part of the Delaware Conference, was started in 1885 to replace the John Wesley M. E. Church which was no longer adequ…

  • Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal Church funeral records

    Church • 93 Records • Added July 7, 2021

    Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal Church, located in Princess Anne, Maryland, and originally part of the Delaware Conference, was started in 1885 to replace the John Wesley M. E. Church which was no longer adequ…

  • Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal Church marriage records

    Church • 503 Records • Added July 7, 2021

    Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal Church, located in Princess Anne, Maryland, and originally part of the Delaware Conference, was started in 1885 to replace the John Wesley M. E. Church which was no longer adequ…

  • Mt. Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church cemetery records

    Cemetery • 169 Records • Added July 6, 2021 • archive.org

    Mt. Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in Fruitland, MD (formerly known as Fork Town) in 1873. These cemetery records feature information of the deceased from 1816 to 1977. Also included are comment…

  • Mt. Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church baptismal records

    Church • 486 Records • Added July 6, 2021

    Mt. Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in Fruitland, MD (formerly known as Fork Town) in 1873. These baptismal records notate the dates and names of individuals baptized from 1889 to 1917. Some reco…

  • Mt. Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church marriage records

    Church • 135 Records • Added July 6, 2021

    Mt. Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in Fruitland, MD (formerly known as Fork Town) in 1873. These marriage records document the names, ages, and residences of couples seeking union in Wicomico Co…

  • Northampton County, Virginia Register of Free Blacks 1853-1861

    Censuses & Lists • 293 Records • Added April 19, 2022

    This register notes the names, birthdates, appearances, and birthplaces of free Black people in Northampton County, Virginia from 1853 to 1861. The register was compiled and published by Frances Bibbins Latimer…

  • Pardon Records (Maryland State Archives: Beneath the Underground database)

    Prison • 47 Records • Added August 31, 2022 • slavery2.msa.maryland.gov

    This source includes Dockets (1862-1869) and Records (1845-1865) showing individuals pardoned from jail. This source includes only records from Eastern Shore counties; for records from all other Maryland counti…

  • Poll Books of Virginia Electors (Accomack and Northampton Counties), 1867 (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Voter Registration • 1,822 Records • Added November 2, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    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 a…

  • Register of Individuals Enslaved at Brownsville, Virginia

    Miscellaneous • 90 Records • Added June 13, 2022 • scrcguides.libraries.wm.edu

    Brownsville, just east of Nassawadox on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, was owned by the Upshur family for many centuries and now stands as the headquarters to The Nature Conservancy's Virginia Volgenau Coastal …

  • Robert Bell's Book of Slave Statistics, 1864-68 (Dorchester County, MD)

    Miscellaneous • 1,464 Records • Added July 27, 2021

    This abstraction comes from Robert Bell's book of slave statistics, recorded in Dorchester County, Maryland between 1864 and 1868. "A tabular statement showing the number of slaves or persons of color held to l…

  • Slave Jail Records (Maryland State Archives: Beneath the Underground database)

    Prison • 147 Records • Added August 31, 2022 • slavery.msa.maryland.gov

    This source includes names of individuals found in Baltimore City and County jail. This source includes only records from Eastern Shore counties; for records from all other Maryland counties, please visit the L…

  • Slave Sales in Somerset and Worcester County land records, 1825-1864

    Probate & Other Court Records • 1,876 Records • Added July 7, 2021

    Information regarding slave sales includes the names of the buyers, sellers, and names of the enslaved individual. Also noted are the prices or debts as a result the sale and information concerning enslaved peo…

  • Somerset County Bond Book EB28, 1805-1815

    Probate & Other Court Records • 79 Records • Added October 18, 2021

    This abstract was extracted from Bond Book EB 1805-1815, which was transcribed by Rebecca F. Miller in 1993 (F187.S7 B6). This abstract includes only records for people listed as "negroes," slaves, or free blac…

  • Somerset County Bonds, 1827-1850

    Probate & Other Court Records • 402 Records • Added December 2, 2021

    Somerset County Bonds 1827-1850 are contained in the Probate records under the Register of Wills (Somerset, Maryland). Entries pertaining to people noted as "negroes" were extracted from Bond Books JP8, JP13, …

  • Somerset County Marriage Records, 1796-1871

    Miscellaneous • 542 Records • Added August 2, 2021

    Extracted from Roy C. Pollitt's transcription, this compilation of marriage records for Somerset County, Maryland date from November 1, 1796 to December 1871. Note that in most cases, the date recorded reflects…

  • Somerset County Receipt Books (1808-1842)

    Probate & Other Court Records • 150 Records • Added January 11, 2022

    These receipts regarding the guardianship of estates come from Somerset County receipt books EB 30 and JP 10, with dates ranging from 1808 to 1842.

  • Somerset County, Maryland Commissioners of the Tax: Assessment Ledger 1823-1829 (Election Districts 1 & 3)

    Probate & Other Court Records • 821 Records • Added September 6, 2022

    Included in this extraction of the tax assessment ledger are “Free Negroes” along with their property, such as land, livestock and household goods with their values. Also included are the other taxpayers w…

  • Sussex County Almshouse Birth and Death Records

    Censuses & Lists • 198 Records • Added January 18, 2022

    An Almshouse is charitable housing for the poor or landless. These records are abstracted from Delaware Public Archives' "Sussex County Almshouse Births and Deaths". Data shows the births and deaths occurring w…

  • Sussex County, DE Apprentice Indentures

    Censuses & Lists • 1,602 Records • Added January 19, 2022

    Abstracted from Delaware Public Archives' "Apprentice Indentures". This record only includes individuals who were listed as "mulattoes" or "negroes".

  • U.S Census Mortality Schedules (1850-1880)

    Censuses & Lists • 866 Records • Added March 8, 2022

  • United States Colored Troops Gravesite Inventory

    Cemetery • 167 Records • Added January 10, 2022

    This inventory of United States Colored Troops (USCT) servicemember gravesites features information about the site itself as well as the inscriptions included on the veterans' headstones. Some entries include i…

  • USCT 19th Regiment Bounty Roll

    Military • 185 Records • Added July 14, 2021

    Slaves mustered into the 19th Regiment, US Colored Troops (Dorchester, Somerset, and Worcester Counties, Maryland). Compiled by Linda Duyer from original versions of the Maryland Adjutant General Civil War Must…

  • USCT 9th Regiment Bounty Roll

    Military • 984 Records • Added July 7, 2021

    These records were compiled from Linda Duyer's 'One Kind Favor - See That My Grave's Kept Clean: African American Burial Sites of Dorchester and Wicomico Counties, Maryland.' Duyer's listings were compiled dire…

  • Virginia Bills of Sale from Accomack County Deeds, 1701-1838 (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Probate & Other Court Records • 239 Records • Added October 29, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    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 a…

  • Virginia Birth Index of Slaves, 1853-1865

    Miscellaneous • 1,616 Records • Added July 15, 2021

    From Leslie Anderson Morales (Editor) 2007 index of this record: In 1853, the Commonwealth of Virginia began an annual registration of births and deaths. The Birth Index of Slaves, 1853-1865 was later transcrib…

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

    Probate & Other Court Records • 41 Records • Added October 29, 2021 • 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 …

  • Virginia Colonization Board Journal of Proceedings (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Manumission & Freedom • 2 Records • Added November 1, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    As early as 1691, the Virginia General Assembly began passing laws that forced free Black Virginias to leave the Commonwealth. Fears around insurrection and the desire to control Black bodies gave rise to insti…

  • Virginia Commonwealth Causes (Accomack County), 1815-1863 (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Miscellaneous • 308 Records • Added October 29, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    Commonwealth causes are criminal court cases filed by the state government that consist primarily of warrants, summons, subpoenas, indictments, recognizances, and verdicts handed down by juries and other legal …

  • Virginia Coroner's Inquisitions for Accomack County (1806-1873) and Northampton County (1728-1868) (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Miscellaneous • 126 Records • Added October 29, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    Coroner’s Inquisitions are investigations into the deaths of individuals who died by a sudden, violent, unnatural, or suspicious manner, or who died without medical attendance. Documents commonly found in cor…

  • Virginia Deeds of Emancipation (Accomack County), 1701-1838 (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Manumission & Freedom • 716 Records • Added October 29, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    Deeds of emancipation and manumission essentially provide the same information and there is little difference between the two. Both include the name of the enslaver, the name of the enslaved person to be freed,…

  • Virginia Free Negro Registrations , 1793-1861 (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Censuses & Lists • 32 Records • Added October 29, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    Acts passed by the Virginia Legislature in 1793 and 1803 required every “free negro” or “mulatto” to be registered and numbered in a book to be kept by the county clerk. This collection contains records…

  • Virginia Free Negro Requisitions for Public Use (Accomack County) (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Military • 39 Records • Added October 29, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    Virginia enacted legislation during the Civil War to requisition enslaved and free Black people to work on military fortifications and other defensive works around the Commonwealth. The records found in this co…

  • Virginia Free Negro Tax Records (Accomack County) (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Censuses & Lists • 11,702 Records • Added October 29, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    Free Negro Tax Records include “Free Negro Tax Lists” and “Free Negro Delinquent Tax Lists.” In 1801, the Virginia Legislature passed an act requiring commissioners of the revenue to annually return a c…

  • Virginia Freedom Suits, 1723-1860 (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Manumission & Freedom • 48 Records • Added November 1, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    Freedom suits are law suits initiated by enslaved people seeking to gain their freedom. This collection includes petitions, records of suits, depositions, affidavits, and wills. They record enslaved peoples’ …

  • Virginia Indentures of Apprenticeship (Accomack County), 1802-1818 (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Probate & Other Court Records • 9 Records • Added November 1, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    Indentures of apprenticeship are composed of indentures binding out free Black individuals, often children, to learn a particular trade or craft. These indentures may be written agreements between the family of…

  • Virginia Legislative Petitions, 1776-1853 (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Miscellaneous • 45 Records • Added November 1, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    Petitions to the General Assembly were the primary catalyst for legislation in the Commonwealth from 1776 until 1865. Public improvements, military claims, divorce, manumission of enslaved people, petitions for…

  • Virginia Petitions to Remain in the Commonwealth, 1846-1866 (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Miscellaneous • 80 Records • Added November 1, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    In 1806, the General Assembly passed a law to suppress the manumissions of slaves. The law stated that all formerly enslaved people freed after May 1, 1806, who remained in the Commonwealth more than a year cou…

  • Virginia Public Claims, 1792-1858 (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Miscellaneous • 69 Records • Added November 1, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    Localities and individuals submitted public claims to the Auditor of Public Accounts to obtain payment for services rendered to the state. The Auditor of Public Accounts was the chief auditor and accountant of …

  • Virginia Runaway Slave Records, (Accomack County, 1826, 1839) (Library of Virginia African American Narratives project)

    Miscellaneous • 9 Records • Added November 1, 2021 • www.virginiamemory.com

    A “runaway slave record,” or as it is officially titled, “Runaway and Escaped Slaves Records, 1794, 1806-1863,” include accounts, correspondence, receipts, and reports concerning expenses incurred by lo…

  • Voter Registration Roll, Accomack County, Temperanceville district, 1902-1950s

    Voter Registration • 115 Records • Added July 7, 2021 • espl-genealogy.org

    This “List of Colored Voters Registered at Temperanceville Precinct in Atlantic Magisterial District” comes from the collections of the Eastern Shore Public Library. Registrations date from 1902 to the 19…

  • Voter Registration Roll, Somerset County, Asbury district, circa 1900

    Voter Registration • 91 Records • Added July 7, 2021

    This Voter Registration Roll contains the names, ages, and literacy statuses for African American voters in Somerset County. Data marks whether they voted in previous years.

  • Voter Registration Roll, Wicomico County, Barren Creek district, circa 1885

    Voter Registration • 85 Records • Added July 7, 2021

    This Voter Registration roll notes the names, ages, and counties of birth for African American voters in Wicomico County. There is some data for an individual's date of naturalization or reasons for the disqual…

  • Voter Registration Rolls, Somerset County, 1870-1873

    Voter Registration • 2,969 Records • Added November 1, 2021

    This Voter Registration roll shares the names and district numbers of African American voters in Somerset County from 1870 to 1873.

  • Wicomico County Marriage Records, 1867-1887

    Miscellaneous • 497 Records • Added November 1, 2021

    Transcribed by L. Paul Morris, these records from 1867-1887 document marriages between people of color in Wicomico County, Maryland. The records were recorded from Liber T.F.J.R. and reference sheets are listed…

  • Wills from Dorchester, Somerset, Worcester & Wicomico Counties of Maryland (1783-1919)

    Probate & Other Court Records • 4,180 Records • Added March 8, 2022

    This source, depending on the county, contains abstracts of wills probated between 1783-1919, and consists of entries in which "Negroes" are mentioned as legacies, heirs or as the deceased individual (if so ide…

  • Worcester County Land Records: Abstracts of Liber AG, AF, and AH, 1815 - 1818

    Probate & Other Court Records • 41 Records • Added July 6, 2022

    These records were extracted from a book of the same name; a project of the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society and the Nabb Research Center from 1997. These three volumes of records are missing, due to a fire …

  • Worcester County Marriage Records, 1795-1865

    Probate & Other Court Records • 41 Records • Added October 11, 2021

    Extractions of records transcribed by Jody Powell in "Worcester County Maryland Marriage Records, 1795-1865."