Jones County, GAGenWeb -- African-American  GAGenWeb Jones County Page


 Please share with us any documents that you have regarding African-Americans who lived in Jones County. There are multiple sources, i.e. newspaper abstracts, wills, deeds, inventories of estates, which make mention of slaves or freedmen. I need YOUR help! 

Jones County Cemeteries (link)

Grantor Index to sale of Slaves 1791-1864  (link)Talerie Boyd has transcribed from microfilm this huge list of transactions taking place in Jones County.
The actual deed may also contain names of the slaves. If anyone obtains a deed, please type it up and share!

The divison of the Slaves  belonging to the estate of William Jackson Sen. Dec'd. Nov. 23, 1837

FIRST STOP! Georgia's Slave Population in Legal Records by David E. Paterson
Excellent and very, very thorough intro to courthouse records by David Paterson. This especially applies to Upson County (but would be helpful for ALL Georgia Counties), and he gives many examples including names of slaves so you just might be lucky!!

Ex-Slave Marriages to 1876

We need someone to collect the data from the Courthouse book that recorded the issuing of licenses to ex-slaves. Contains former slave owner when available.

Ex-Slave Marriages 1875-1877 We need someone to transcrib this data from a bundle of Form A- Marriage Licenses(used from 1875 to 1877). These contain the parent's name, age of bride and groom, etc. Scroll across the screen to read all 63 records. This would also be in the Courthouse.

Case Study - Determining Maternity Again this was done for Upson County but would apply to All Georgia counties. David E. Paterson provides some guide lines for determining maternity through available records. He has done a case study on the Alpheus Beall's slaves showing how to apply the data found on various records.

EARLY COUNTY FREEDMAN'S BUREAU Michael Dennis' Letter to the Freemen's Bureau, November 30, 1865 with Introduction by David E. Paterson .

Although this deals with Early County information, it is helpful as a "how to find information in the Freedman's Bureau Files" document, and also provides insights into Plantation Life. 

Best Place for Links, Newsletter, Database

This site should be bookmarked and explored for all the best, and up-to-date material on African American Research. Afrigeneas Home PagePage specifically for Georgia

Placing Your Query

It is helpful to fellow-researchers if you mention that you are looking for an African-American ancestor. This points them in the right direction to share information.
If you find OTHER places that are a big help, please share them.

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Early Church Membership

Many early churches had "colored" members as well. We would like to have more Church Membership lists for Jones County

Sheriff's Sales

Newspaper abstracts provide much information about the sale of slaves. These often include physical descriptions. If you find any pertaining to Jones County, I would like to list them on this page. 

Published Research Resource

The revised edition of "The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy" (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997) includes a very useful chapter entitled "Tracking African American Family History." Includes types of records and what information you might find there and where to locate them. The Bibliography is also excellent.
"African-American Family Research" Part 1
by Roseanne Hogan, Ph.D.
(Ancestry Magazine, Mar/Apr 1996, Vol. 14, No. 2) 

"African-American Family Research" Part 2
by Roseanne Hogan, Ph.D.
(Ancestry Magazine, Jul/Aug 1996, Vol. 14, No. 4) 
"The Challenge of African American Research" (above)
by Curt B. Witcher, FUGA
(Ancestry Magazine, Sep/Oct 1997, Vol. 15, No. 5)

"The Freedman's Savings and Trust Company and African American Genealogical
Research" By Reginald Washington (Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives
and Records Administration Summer 1997, vol. 29, no. 2)
Jones County Page last updated: Wednesday, 03-Aug-2016 03:19:55 MDT
Web Master: Virginia Crilley 2000
Eileen B. McAdams 2009

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