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Fighting for Freedom – the Black Experience in the U.S. Revolutionary War
African Americans have fought in all the wars in which the United States has been involved beginning with the Revolutionary War. Nearly 10,000 people (mostly men) of African ancestry fought on both sides of the conflict – hoping that freedom from slavery would come with the end of the eight year war. What records exist and how can genealogists discover them?
Intermediate. Online database savvy and can locate/read deeds, vital records, wills, and church records.
Methodology: evaluating/analyzing information, Record Types: BMD vital records; church; cemeteries; census/substitutes; military; newspapers/obituaries; occupation; slave; tax; wills/probate; land records