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Enslaved Persons in America

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This is the master project for enslaved persons in America. The profiles in this project may be incomplete.

This project's former name was American Slaves.

Naming conventions

Also see: Naming Conventions of US Slaves.

  • First name: Ned
  • Middle name: (blank)
  • Last name: (blank)
  • Birth surname: (blank)
  • Display name: Ned, enslaved to Agnes Witt
  • Also known as: List of other slave owners EX; Ned, enslaved to John Blue, Ned, enslaved to Fred Ugly
  • About: Any other information that may be helpfull to other researchers
  • Sources: All sources should be uploaded to the profile so other researchers can see it
  • Ethnicity: "Black" or "Mulatto" etc (as per source)
  • Occupation: Job title if known EX.. Worked in Main House, Farmer, Cotton Picker

A Note on documenting the names of enslaved persons. When extracting and indexing historical or genealogical data on American slaves, researchers will find that most kinds of records usually give that enslaved person a first name only. Since they were documented as property in most surviving records, a enslaved person's legal identity was the combination of his/her first name and the full name of his/her owner. For research purposes, the slave owners' complete names act as the best substitute for surnames of enslaved persons (even if a record gives both a first and last name, the slave owner's name will still be essential to tracing that enslaved person in other sources); this combination of enslaved person's first name and owner's full name can be as effective as the name of any free person in tracing of enslaved persons from record to record. For a lengthier discussion, see David E. Paterson, "A Perspective on Indexing Slaves' Names," The American Archivist, 64 (Spring/Summer 2001), 132-142.

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