The impact of the Civil War was keenly felt by many living from DE to TX. The Freedmen's Bureau Records are full of pertinent records; not just the records of freed slaves. While records of freedmen are found, a lot information about ALL impoverished southerners is also found. If a family tree contains confederate soldiers who were wounded or killed in action, their surviving parents, spouses or children might be found in these documents as they requested or received rations, were declared destitute, etc. If your ancestors were freed, they might also be found receiving rations, or being a party to a contract.
Diane L Richard is the Principle of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com. She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, neighboring locales and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode. Since 2006 she has authored over 200 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today (was Family Chronicle), NCGS Journal, and local WCGS publications (newsletters and journal). Since 2010 she has been the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society and published over 1000 posts. She is currently editor of the journals for NCGS and WCGS. She is a member of the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS). She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) and as a speaker she has done webinars for NCGS on many topics, presented at the 2012 Federation of Genealogists Conference (FGS), 2015 FxGS Conference, the recent 2016 NGS & TxSGS Conferences, speaks frequently across NC on many topics, and given presentations to out-of-state audiences from Augusta GA to Fairfax VA about the availability and richness of records documenting North Carolinians.