Podcast host Bernice Bennett and special guest David Paterson discuss the most fruitful probate records for slavery research in most states, for the period about 1800 to 1865.
The discussion may be less useful for the colonial period, or for the records of Louisiana or Spanish colonial Florida whose laws and processes derived from different legal traditions.
David also describes the process flow from one record to the next – the purpoe of each record – and what kinds of slavery-related information maybe found in each kind of record. Particular attention focuses on records that are sometimes overlooked in guides or how-to books; especially annual returns and vouchers.
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