Genealogy Adventures – Freedman’s Bank Records

Category: Freedman's Bank

In this video, we’ll be covering the Freedman’s Bank Records – an amazing resource to use when researching your African American ancestors. These records are a rich source of documentation for black family research for the period immediately following the American Civil War.

So what are they?

The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company, commonly known as the Freedman’s Bank, was created by Congress on 3 March 1865, and the bank maintained some 37 offices in 17 states, including Washington DC.

What makes these records so important are the thousands of signature cards that contain personal data about the individual depositors. In addition to the names and ages of depositors, the files can contain their places of birth, residence, and occupations; names of parents, spouses, children, brothers, and sisters; and in some cases, the names of former slave owners.

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