Aug 24, 2021

Ancestry Introduces New U.S. FREEDMEN’S BUREAU RECORDS, a Breakthrough for Black Family History

Ancestry has introduced a new collection of more than 3.5 million searchable record. The Freedmen’s Bureau collection can provide details of your African American ancestors’ lives before 1870—giving you a more complete picture of your past. With this free collection, you can discover the names of your African American ancestors, read their personal letters, see where they settled after the Civil War, and much more.

Established in 1865 to help the nearly four million newly freedmen and women manage their transition from enslavement to citizenship, the Freedmen’s Bureau assisted with land and property, relief programs, medical care, and educational support—among many other important endeavors.

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