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I am searching for my ancestors before Emancipation.
I've made copies of the 1850 and 1860 Slave Schedules for the counties
where my families lived. I'm trying to match the approximate ages/genders of
the family members with the corresponding slave owners with the same
Nothing is quite matching up age-wise. I'm trying to give them a 2- to
5-year age leeway because I'm assuming the ages aren't exactly right. I'm
also trying to find three specific family groups: the father, mother, and
children; and the mother and child.
In one case, the father and the oldest
child were together on an inventory of an estate. So I want to figure out
where the mother, and the two children (they were toddlers at the time) were
enslaved. Alternatively I'm thinking the mother and the two children were
enslaved by the same owner, so I'm checking that too.
In another case, I'm looking for one male slave who would've been a young
teen (13 or so) in 1860.
Am I doing the right thing, or should I use the schedules differently? How
can I use the schedules to research slave owners and slaves? Thanks for all