Even if you don’t need it right now, you may in the future. For genealogists who are asked about DNA all the time, this is a great site to refer people to when they have questions.
The Race and Slavery Petitions Project is part of the Digital Library on American Slavery and is well worth checking out. Sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, it has been around awhile.
For information on it, go to https://library.uncg.edu/slavery/petitions/. The site “provides access to information gathered and analyzed over an 18-year period from petitions to southern legislatures and country courts filed between 1775 and 1867 in the 15 slaveholding states.” To see the actual petitions you have to go to the county records or state archives.
Many names of associates, those who petitioned and the slaves themselves are searchable.
Your ancestors’ neighbors
When combing through records involving your ancestors, make sure you always note who their neighbors were, relatives and anyone listed as a witness on legal documents. Keeping up with friends, associates and neighbors (FANS) could prove useful in your research.
Contact Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., P.O.Box 901, Decatur, Ga., 30031 or www.kenthomasongenealogy.com.