Amherst County Free Negro Registry 1822-1864

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Amherst County Free Negro Registry 1822-1864


Many of the individuals named in freedom documents can be found listed in county/city Free Negro Registries. Though these registration requirements were antithetical to liberty and a restriction on the freedom of movement for free African Americans of the time, this documentation now enables historians, genealogists and researchers to follow the lives of freedmen through the years. Many manumitted individuals were freed with only a first name listed in the freedom document, but when registered a first and last name can be found, which is very beneficial for researchers today.

Most of these registries start on a page number other than "1" as the previous pages are either blank, missing or have some notes or writing that do not include any information regarding the freedmen of the locality. We have included all pertinent pages we were able to obtain. Some jurisdictions kept much more detailed records than others, while there were also differences in population totals of freedpeople from one locality to the next. It should be noted that historians have surmised that only some lesser percentage of all freedpeople in a jurisdiction ever registered.

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Suggested reading: Strangers in Their Midst: The Free Black Population of Amherst County, Virginia - Sherry McLeRoy & William McLeRoy - 1993


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Amherst County Free Negro Registry 1822-1864
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“Amherst County Free Negro Registry 1822-1864,” Manumission Project, accessed December 2, 2023,