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This collection includes field office reports, letters received and sent, contracts, certificates, registers, censuses, affidavits, and other documents that preserve, directly and vividly, the experiences and circumstances of the individuals involved, such as freedpeople, Bureau officers, landowners and employers, and others. They contain desperate pleas for food, clothing, and medical care from rural communities; freedpeoples' testimonies about delinquent employers, continued use of forced labor and apprenticeship, violence, restrictions due to the new state-legislated and repressive "black codes"; petitions for new schools, legal aid in courts, and protection from violence; applications for land; and marriage certificates. The collection includes records from 1865 to 1872. For a list of Freedmen's Bureau personnel see appendix in the descriptive pamphlet. A descriptive pamphlet
Marriage records from this NARA publication have been published in a separate collection: Freedmen's Bureau Virginia Marriages, ca. 1815-1866.
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Record History, Content and Use
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- Freedmen's Bureau Records: An Overview
- National Archives Resources for Genealogists
- Publications of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project
- The Freedmen's Bureau Online. Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands.
- Publications of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project
- Suffolk University
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- African American Freedmen's Bureau Records
- Quick Guide to African American Records
- African American Research
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- "Virginia, Freedmen's Bureau Records, 1865-1872." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1913. National Archives and Records Administration. College Park, Maryland.
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