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The Fruits of a County Research Project

Where on Earth is Upson County?

Upson County 1864

upson county population 1830-70

slaves named in pre-1865 upson county sources

conclusions from the county project - pt I

conclusions from the county project - pt II

do the conclusions in upson county apply to other places?

how to learn about antebellum state court systems?

"lesser known records of slavery"

The Fruits of a County Research Project 

  • This short guide to some of the lesser-known legal records of American slavery grew out of my research project in Upson County, Georgia.

  • In 1995, I began extracted all slavery information from all Upson County records, page by page, including dozens of cubic feet of uncataloged loose papers from the courthouse basement at Thomaston, Georgia. 

  • Most of these court records are now at the Thomaston-Upson Archives, Thomaston, Georgia:

  • To this data I have added information from non-government records, including church minutes, family papers in archival collections, family Bibles, and business records.