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Record Description

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (often called the Freedmen’s Bureau) was created in 1865 at the end of the American Civil War to supervise relief efforts including education, health care, food and clothing, refugee camps, legalization of marriages, employment, labor contracts, and securing back pay, bounty payments and pensions. These records consist of bound volumes and unbound records, including letters received and endorsements, monthly school reports, and other records relating to freedmen's complaints and contracts. This collection corresponds to NARA microfilm publication M1912, Records of the Field Offices for the State of Texas, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1870. For a list of Freedmen's Bureau personnel see the appendix in the descriptive pamphlet. Descriptive pamphlet

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Record History, Content and Use

For details about the contents of these records, their history, and help using them, see the wiki article: United States Freedmen’s Bureau Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the appropriate "Freedmen's Bureau Office or Subordinate Field Office Location"
⇒Select the appropriate "NARA Roll Number - Content" which takes you to the images

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Collection Citation:

"Texas, Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records 1865-1870." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA M1912. National Archives and Records Administration. College Park, Maryland.

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