Slave Ancestral Research: It's Something Else

Slave Ancestral Research: It's Something Else

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Slave Ancestral Research: It's Something Else by Mary L. Jackson Fears; 290 pp; paper; 8.5x11; Index; Published: 1995, Reprinted: 2007; ISBN: 0788402005; Item # HBF0200

Written as the author's research was conducted, the text provides not only a fascinating account of one particular search, but also gives hints and guidelines on how to search for slave ancestors and their slave owners. It explains the information to be found in libraries, courthouses, cemeteries, and other archives, as well as identifying the records generated by slave-holding families and how to find slave-holding families. This book contains over one hundred documents which illustrate how the author found the names of her slave ancestors and the surnames of the slave owners. Slave lists are included from four Georgia counties: Warren, Baldwin, Talbot, and Taylor. A bibliography, notes, and a full-name index add to the value of this work.

Table of Contents

  • List of Charts
  • List of Illustrations
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • List of Abbreviations
  • 1. My Discovery of Grandpa Simon and Grandma Tildy McCants
  • 2. Slave Ancestral Research
  • 3. Taylor County Court Records
  • 4. A Discovery
  • 5. Are These My Folks: Abram, Emily, and Mary on Catharine Daniel’s Inventory and Sale of Perishable Property?
  • 6. He’s the One, John McCrary
  • 7. Talbot County Returns
  • 8. A Light at the End of the Tunnel
  • Beneath Taylor County Sod
  • On to Talbot County
  • On to Atlanta and the Georgia Archives
  • A Rude Awakenting
  • Questions, Questions, Questions
  • 9. From Pillar to Post
  • 10. Baldwin County Probate Records
  • RECORD GROUP No. 1 Bartley McCrary
  • Jenny Poindexter
  • “Oh Lord, How Come We Here?”
  • RECORD GROUP No. 2 John McCrary, Sr.
  • Warren County Records
  • RECORD GROUP No. 3 Jonathan McCrary
  • RECORD GROUP No. 4 Issac McCrary
  • RECORD GROUP No. 5 Robert McCrary
  • RECORD GROUP No. 6 William McCrary
  • Hiring Day
  • Matthew McCrary
  • RECORD GROUP No. 7 John McCrary (d. 1845)
  • 11. A Name, A Name, What Name Shall I Take?
  • 12. Where to Go From Here
  • July 7, 1993, A Day Remembered
  • 13. The Day I Found My Folks
  • 14. John McCrary, 1789–1854, Estate Records
  • The Division and Whereabouts of “Old Visues”
  • 15. Revelations from Revolutionary War Records
  • 16. The Transfer Chart
  • 17. “All Things Work Together for Good”
  • The Metamorphosis of a Name
  • 18. Missing Links, Divine Guidance and John McCrary
  • 19. So Little to Go On, Reflections
  • 20. The Descendants of Luveser McCrary
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author