Wednesday, August 11, 2021

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show: Freedmen's Bureau Records with Bernice Bennett

In this episode of GenFriends, Bernice explains how and why the Freedmen's Bureau Records were created, how you can find them, and tips for finding your family in them. Cheri and the panel Melissa Barker, Laura Hedgecock, Shelley Murphy, and Mary Kircher Roddy share their experiences with researching these documents and get their questions answered about why everyone should take advantage of the family stories contained within. 

Watch and learn how you can discover more about your family in these valuable records.

Have you discovered family in the Freedman's Bureau Records?

We'd love to hear from you!

Links in This Episode:

Smithsonian-Records of the Field Offices

Smithsonian -Search Results

Freedmen's Bureau Project


Freedmen's Bureau Labor Contract Presentation-Bernice Bennett: Legacy Family Tree Webinar

Mapping the Freedmen's Bureau

Finding Enslaved Laborers at UGA-Shelley's FB page for Freedmen's Fridays


Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker -A Genealogist in the Archives

Bernice Bennett-Geniebroots

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

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