New Microfilm Collections!

The South Carolina Room has added two microfilm sets to its collections this month.        *  Records of the Field Offices For the State of South Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872.  This set consists of over one hundred reels of information.  The Bureau records include lists of former slaves, where they lived before and after the war, a list of plantations across the state, and property confiscations.  They also include bounty claims and pension records for black soldiers, regulation of written labor contracts between freedmen and planters, and medical department records.  The S.C. Room has reels for the whole state of South Carolina, organized by field office location.       * Marriage Records of the Office of the Commissioner of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1861-1869.  One of the goals of the Freedmen’s Bureau was to legalize the previously unrecognized marriages of former slaves and organize those records.  This set includes marriage records from all of the slave states.          These two collections are invaluable for African American genealogists and plantation researchers.  Each microfilm set has a usage guide and description available for patrons.