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The Cohabitation Records, offically titled, "Register of Colored Persons, Augusta County, State of Virginia, Cohabiting Together as Husband and Wife," are a record of free African American families living in Virginia immediately after the end of the Civil War. The records were created by the Freedmen's Bureau in an effort to document the marriages of formerly enslaved men and women that were legally recognized by an act of the Virginia Assembly in February 1866. [1]


 




County Title Repository
Amelia Freedmen's Marriage License Book, 1865-1869 Library of Virginia
Augusta Freedmen's Cohabitation Register County Courthouse
Caroline Freedmen's Cohabitation Register County Courthouse
Floyd Freedmen's Cohabitation Register Library of Virginia; County Courthouse
Goochland Freedmen's Cohabitation Register Library of Virginia; NARA
Grayson Freedmen's Cohabitation Register NARA
Hanover Freedmen's Cohabitation Register Library of Virginia; County Courthouse
Henry Freedmen's Cohabitation Register Bassett Historical Library; Blue Ridge Library
Louisa Freedmen's Cohabitation Register NARA
Lynchburg City Register of Colored Population, 1865 Library of Virginia
Montgomery Register of Colored Population, 1865 NARA
Nelson Freedmen's Cohabitation Register NARA
New Kent 1866 List of Male Freed Negroes and Former Owners Library of Virginia
Prince Edward Freedmen's Cohabitation Register Library of Virginia
Princess Anne Freedmen's Cohabitation Register Library of Virginia
Rappahannock Freedmen's Cohabitation Register Library of Virginia
Richmond Freedmen's Cohabitation Register Library of Virginia
Roanoke Freedmen's Cohabitation Register Library of Virginia
Rockbridge Freedmen's Cohabitation Register NARA
Surry Freedmen's Cohabitation Register Library of Virginia; County Courthouse
York Register of Colored Population, 1865 NARA; Yorktown Library

Sources

  1. White, Barnetta McGhee, Ph.D.,Somebody Knows My Name: Marriages of Freed People in N.C. County by County.(Athens, GA: Iberian Publishing Co.), 1995: xxxiv.

Rural Records of Mid-Southern United States


 

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