Gloria Lucas’ Slave Records of Edgefield County

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Perhaps one of the most comprehensive book on the documents of slavery, Slave Records of Edgefield County, contains

access to ledgers of estates, wills, inventories, appraisals, deed transfers, sheriff sales and other files that contain about 29,000 listings and more than 58,000 slave names. Many of the records provide gender, age, physical description, occupation and family relationships. (Tricia Glenn Edgefield County Archivist).

Gloria Lucas pulled back a huge curtain on the lives of 19th century slaves lives in South Carolina and Georgia.  African American genealogy can be a daunting task looking for useful records from the Antebellum South but this work will make the task a little easier.  Unfortunately Ms. Lucas died last month at 84.

Source Eastman’s, The Augusta Chronicle

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