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is there an ancestry type website that tells if ancestors owne slaves? (If not, site this Y!Q once y

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Submitted : 2018-06-14 19:00:41    Popularity:     

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like an ancestry information gathering service, but one that'll identify if any family members in a certain last name's lineage had owned slaves. Perbaps if any of the existing websites already do this, lising the purchased human slaves as propert

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Look at Wills and other legal documents--- they are great ways to see the transfer or conveyance owned property.

There are slave census.

There is a way to tell if your ancestor owned slaves. It is unclear to me if that is what you meant. Once you have a family tree that goes back to men alive in slave-holding states in 1860, you would look for them in the slave schedules:

Ancestry.com, which you can access for free from some public libraries and some LDS FHC's, has the 1850 and 1860 slave schedules on-line. For a given state, county and township, it will list the white owner by name, then how many slaves he (slave owners were almost all male) has. They don't list the slaves' names, just age, sex and color, which will be black or mulatto.

The only problem you'd have would be if two men in the same township had the same name and there was just one man with that name on the slave schedules. Then you'd have to:

1) Look up the value of slaves back then, based on age and sex (males 18 - 30 were the most valuable, usually, because you could get the most labor out of them)

2) Make a rough estimate of the value of the slaves "John Smith" owned based on (1)

3) Look at all of the men named "John Smith" in that county and township on the regular 1860 census and compare the value of their personal estate to the number from (2). This won't work in 1850 because they didn't ask for value of real estate or personal estate in 1850.

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Please don't forget to choose a best answer. It doesn't have to be mine. 10 points aren't much, but they tell us you read the answers and we didn't flush 8 minutes of research and/or typing down the toilet.

The easiest way would be to check the census record itself, which would list other members of the household, rather than relying on someone composing a list of slave owners.

Yet that would only cover people who owned slaves, not those who dealt in slaves. For instance, discovering if your "sea captain" ancestor ever served on a slaver would be much more difficult.

it also wouldn't cover slave owners prior to the founding of America. You'd want to also go into any wills or devolution records to see if they owned slave sat the time of their deaths.

There are special census records for slaves and you probably can tie them to their owner. I have never tried it.

Surnames in themselves do not have a lineage. When they were started in Europe about 1200 A.D it wasn't to identify a man as a member of a family but just to better identify him on records. Too many men with the same given name in the same locale and they had to have a better way to sort them out. When they got through legitimate sons of the same man could have wound up with a different surname. Some could have shared the ones they took with people totally unrelated. One of the biggest mistakes beginners make in starting their family history is trying to trace surnames in their family

Genealogy is about researching the written records that each individual person generated during their lifetime.... no website in the world has all those records, in fact only about 5% of REAL records are online and websites are only ever a help they do not and can not 'research' your ancestry.
Surname hunting is nothing to do with genealogy research, a surname is just a help when researching but little more than that, as surnames were chosen and people of the same surname are not related, to be related to anyone you need a primary record to prove connection...........
If you research correctly then you will know if someone in your ancestry owned slaves as you will have researched their lifetime of records and in their records will be a list of property including number of slaves.
Slavery has zero to do with skin shade as EVERY skin shade at some point in history has owned slaves and political /racial terms are nothing at all to do with genealogy research anyway

Slavery was rare, 2% of the population. It's much more common in non white races around the world.



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