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Using Freedmen’s Bureau Records for your Family History Research

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Nashville Public Library

615 Church Street

Nashville, TN 37219

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The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, also called the "Freedmen's Bureau," was established in 1865 to provide assistance for thousands of formerly enslaved African Americans and impoverished whites. Operating in the Southern United States and the state of Ohio, the Freedmen's Bureau played a critical role in relief efforts after the Civil War.

Many records were created as part of this extensive effort - records about schools, health care, marriages, employment, labor contracts, military claims, crimes, and so much more. With records spanning the time period between 1865-1872 and containing a plethora of information about black Americans, learning the ins and outs of how to use this collection is important for everyone researching individuals of African American ancestry.

Join us for this workshop led by Taneya Y. Koonce, MSLS, MPH to explore the Freedmen's Bureau records and learn how to use them for your own research. Taneya Koonce is an avid genealogist with almost 20 years of experience in information resources. Ms. Koonce will provide attendees with concrete experience finding and searching this invaluable set of records so you can use them to your advantage.

This workshop is for AAHGS Nashville members only. We invite you to join the society online or pay for membership at the door on the day of the workshop. Please register to let us know you are coming. We look forward to seeing you there!

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