29 February 2016

Runaway Slave Advertisements -- Invaluable to descendants of the slaves & their former owners

As Black History Month winds down, let’s look at another invaluable research resource – Runaway Slave Advertisements.

Slaves did not always want to remain on the plantation or on the most recent plantation where they found themselves either to resist slavery, or, if relocated far from family, to try and reunite with kin.

There are xx projects focused on these records though you can access them using other techniques also.

You are not limited to finding these advertisements through these databases.  Search on “runaway slave” in databases like Chronicling America (free), Newspapers.com, Genealogybank, and other digitized newspaper services and you will find many entries, possibly in a newspaper local to where your ancestors lived.

Often these advertisements provide a detailed description of the individual and sometimes with information on what plantation s/he was born on, who sold to and where, and other helpful details.

Have you found an ancestor mentioned in a Runaway Slave advertisement?

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