Recently the Virginia Historical Society found the names and occupations of 3,200 slaves listed in private documents. These documents came from basements, attics and stuffed in drawers of old papers.
These papers had been donated to the Virginia Historical Society long ago but had never been sorted or read. They consisted of letters, diaries, ledgers, books and farm documents from Virginians dating to the 1600s.
Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names is their free online resource listing slaves' names. It is fully searchable. Search results include images of the original record, as seen from the image above.
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