1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 17, 2020 4:03 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking parents of William Booth


      William Booth was born in 1807 in North Carolina. He lived in dwelling 148, township 3, range 10, in Colbert, Alabama in 1870. How do I find slave records? I am searching for William Booth's slave parents .

        • Re: Seeking parents of William Booth
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Ms. Booth,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Records pertaining to WIlliam Booth may be in the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 20 series in the Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Record Group 105) for Alabama that may include records pertaining to William Booth and his family during the late 1860s and early 1870s. We also located 481 series in Record Group 105 for North Carolina during the 1860s. The records have been microfilmed and have information pamphlets. None of these records are digitized and available using the Catalog. For access to the microfilm publications for Alabama & North Carolina, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Records (RDT1) via email at archives1refrence@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience


          If he was a slave in North Carolina, we suggest you begin by reviewing the how to find slave records on the State Library of North Carolina website. If he also was a slave in Alabama, we suggest reviewing records at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.


          In addition, we suggest reviewing the FamilySearch Research wiki for African American Resources for North Carolina and Alabama.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

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