Freedom Bound: Escaping Bondage for Life in the North

Renate Yarborough Sanders
Nov 4, 2022
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Welcome
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Speaker's Introduction
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Introduction
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Who Were the Migrants?
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The Underground Railroad
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Why North?
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Manumission Documents
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Free Negro Registries
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City Directories
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
2m 18s

About this webinar

Before 1865, free blacks, as well as runaway and emancipated slaves, migrated or escaped to northern states (and Canada), hoping for a “better life” with more opportunities. In this presentation, we explore some of the reasons for this movement and review some of the many helpful records left by these antebellum northern migrants.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Renate Yarborough Sanders is the descendant of formerly enslaved ancestors, enslavers, and free people of color. She authors two blogs: “Into the LIGHT” and “Genea-Related;” and produces a “(Mostly) African-American Funeral Programs” online databa
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  1. ED
    Emily Davis
    3 months ago

    Renata’s presentations are always informative. Her resource lists are a great help for other researchers.

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  2. DE
    Dr Edna Briggs
    3 months ago

    Having 3 elusive ancestors, the idea of looking for manumission documents never occurred to me before hearing Renate’s presentation. Thank you, thank you!!

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    Marlene Ford
    3 months ago

    Fabulous webinar! It was certainly worth waiting for! I’m so glad I have a membership because I’ll be viewing this one many times!!! Thank you Geoff and Marian! You two are always so gracious!!!

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  4. VB
    Valma Burroughs
    3 months ago

    Thanks, new research info given.

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    Xana Miller
    3 months ago

    Thank you for the handout. Great event.

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  6. OA
    Oyatunde Amakisi
    3 months ago

    Excellent presentation. The information Renate Sanders shared was worth the wait. I was not aware of the manumissions being used to prolong servitude in the North. The context she shared about Free Persons of Color is very helpful. There were additional records, like directories, that I have not utilized effectively. I will watch this again.

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  7. AC
    Anna Christian
    3 months ago

    I learned so much that will help me in my search for my ancestors and to understand the trials and tribulations they faced even after being manumitted.

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  8. MN
    M. Naeem Nash
    3 months ago

    Amazing presenter!

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