From This Day Forward – Documenting Marital Unions of Enslaved and Emancipated Persons

Renate Yarborough Sanders
Apr 5, 2024
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Welcome
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Speaker's Introduction
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Introduction
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Types of Slave Marriages
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Alabama
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Georgia
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North Carolina
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Virginia
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Discovering Records
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Despite the fact that their marriages were not legally recognized before 1865, enslaved couples were uniting in “quasi-marital” relationships, and were cohabitating as husband and wife, as evidenced by many extant documents created during and after the end of America’s Civil War. In this presentation, we explore examples of documents that provide evidence of these relationships, and sources for finding them.

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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    Mary Brothers Johnson
    2 months ago

    It was a great webinar. I located records that I have been searching for a long time. I am searching in North Carolina and Virginia. I have ancestors in both states that were freed before 1860 that I was looking for marrage info anc spouses and childre. This was absolutely great and came at the right time. Planning a trip to Virginia nd North Carolina this summer.

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    Sis. Regina Calloway
    2 months ago

    A fantastic journey, Renate’s presentation was empowering for Genealogy Specialists in this area, giving minerals of information vital to our research and discovery.

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    Patricia Ellis
    2 months ago

    My Gosh, what a great webinar!!!! I have always been puzzled by the set of children of my great-grandparents. One family photo shows children of a darker skin color. The second set of children with the same last name are light-skinned. I was always told the children had the same father and mother, but I always questioned whether or not there were different mothers but the same father. Now I have the resources and the tools to do further research. Thank you Renate I plan to research your other webinars.

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    Erin Doyle
    2 months ago

    So much amazing information! I had no idea there were so many different places to look for marriage records for people who’d previously been enslaved. It really gives a genealogist hope when you hear a presentation like this with so many new avenues to explore.

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    sharon Schulz
    2 months ago

    The presentation was presented in a highly organized, clear manner with a great deal of useable information and potential resources for research, specially for African American families.

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    Karen McAtlin
    2 months ago

    Renate’s presentations are always fantastic! I always learn so much from her. It was very interesting to learn that the children in the 1870 census may not be children of the parents listed and why. This is something I never thought about! Thank you!

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    Beverly Johnson
    2 months ago

    Renate gave a very inspiring and educational presentation. Much of the information will assist me in my search for my and my hubby’s ancestors.

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    Ari Wilkins
    2 months ago

    Great information and presentation!

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