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Researching African American History

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The Freedmen’s Bureau at the National Archives features records that include marriage records after the Civil War. — Alfred Waud/Library of Congress

Labor contracts, pensions for black soldiers, the legalization of African American marriages: You can find all sorts of fascinating details in the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau at the National Archives.

 

Alyne Ellis talks with Reginald Washington, the African American genealogy specialist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

 

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