Dear Ms. Stewart,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you review NARA’s website for how to Start Your Genealogy Research and to conduct African American Research. You may wish to use Family Search for Free Family History and Genealogy Records; and FamilySearch Wiki to begin your research using information known about your ancestor.
We also suggest that you search these websites for the information that you seek about free black ancestors of the Manly/Bigsby family in Loudoun County, Virginia:
- Library of Virginia African American Resources for Virginia Genealogy
- List of Free Black heads of families in the 1790 Census (NARA)
- Free Negro Heads of Families in the United States in 1830 – Together with a Brief Treatment of the Free Negro • by Carter G. Woodson, Ph.D.
- Library of Congress
- Loudoun County Historical Organizations
- Free African Americans of NC and VA
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!