A message board posting listing “freedmen” kin raises questions.
Finding Virginia forebears who lived uncertain lives in the shadow of the Nat Turner rebellion.
The largest manumission case in U.S. history led to a unique community in Virginia.
Finding out how a great-grandfather came to own 300 acres of land in post-Civil War South Carolina.
Untangling the origins of Virginian ancestors whose lives crossed boundaries of race, freedom and the law.
Dear Professor Gates: