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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"

Conclusions from Upson County Project

  • Probate, deed and mortgage records are justifiably the slavery researchers first resource.

  • When time and resources permit, other miscellaneous records will reveal information about a select few persons that is not available in probate and deed records.

  • While most probate records and deeds tend to identify slaves only as items on property inventories, some rarer and lesser-known records preserve narratives that provide more biographical information, or preserve interesting incidents and actions in the lives of slaves.

  • Using records from many sources can potentially provide a surprisingly rich, textured biography.