Virginia Untold: Free Registers (indexing)

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Virginia Untold: Free Registers (indexing)

Virginia Untold provides digital access to records that document some of the lived experiences of enslaved and free Black people in the Library of Virginia’s collections. Please help improve the discoverability of these sources by transcribing one of the project's many record types, registers of free Black people.

In 1793, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law requiring that all free Black people “be registered and numbered in a book to be kept by the town clerk, which shall specify age, name, color, status and by whom, and in what court emancipated.” The process was extended to localities in 1803. In 1834, the General Assembly added a requirement that each person be specified by marks or scars and the instrument of emancipation, whether by deed or will, be recorded. Registration language and process varied across the localities, thus the information in each register may differ, but generally speaking these registers document both free born and formerly enslaved people throughout Virginia.

This project is made possible through a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant. NHPRC provides advice and recommendations for the National Archives grants program.

Alleghany Co., "Register of Free Negroes & Mulattoes", 1855-1856

Alleghany Co., "Register of Free Negroes & Mulattoes", 1855-1856

8 pages: 101% transcribed, 63% needs review
Amelia County "Free Negro Register", 1804-1835

Amelia County "Free Negro Register", 1804-1835

280 pages: 100% transcribed, 59% needs review
Amelia County "Free Negro Register", 1835-1855

Amelia County "Free Negro Register", 1835-1855

211 pages: 98% transcribed, 32% needs review
Amelia County "Free Negro Register", 1855-1865

Amelia County "Free Negro Register", 1855-1865

Collaboration is restricted.

149 pages: 99% transcribed, 9% needs review
Amherst County "Free Negro Register", 1822-1864

Amherst County "Free Negro Register", 1822-1864

Collaboration is restricted.

142 pages: 71% transcribed, 46% needs review
Arlington Co. "Free Negro Register", 1797-1841

Arlington Co. "Free Negro Register", 1797-1841

Collaboration is restricted.

278 pages: 4% transcribed, 1% needs review
Arlington Co. "Free Negro Register", 1842-1847

Arlington Co. "Free Negro Register", 1842-1847

Collaboration is restricted.

128 pages: 49% transcribed, 2% needs review
Arlington Co. "Free Negro Register", 1847-1861

Arlington Co. "Free Negro Register", 1847-1861

Collaboration is restricted.

178 pages: 8% transcribed, 7% needs review
Augusta Co. "Register of Free Negroes", 1810-1864

Augusta Co. "Register of Free Negroes", 1810-1864

Collaboration is restricted.

125 pages: 10% transcribed, 8% needs review
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