Researching the Lives of Enslaved Ancestors (On Demand)

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Researching the lives of individuals who were enslaved for part or all of their lives can be an especially challenging task for a genealogist. A successful investigation often involves piecing together records from a wide variety of sources. Join State Archives historian Dr. Josh Goodman for a look at some of the most valuable tools for tracing the lives of enslaved individuals, including estate and property records, court cases, non-population census records and other helpful documents. The examples will come from Florida records, but the research methods will generally apply to other states as well.

Sarasota County Libraries provide access through their database Florida Memory.