Freedmen’s Bureau Records: A Family Historian’s Guide - June 2024

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Freedmen’s Bureau Records: A Family Historian’s Guide

Are you searching for ancestors living in the former Confederate states, Border states, or Washington, D. C. during the Reconstruction Era, 1863 – 1877?

If yes, the records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands will benefit your research. These records document Freedmen taking advantage of their new freedoms, such as legalizing marriages, agreeing to contracts, securing rations, receiving an education, and fighting for justice.

Join Shamele Jordan for this week-long workshop! You'll learn the history of the Freedman's Bureau, as well as the types of documents associated with it. Most importantly, you'll learn how to access Freeman's Bureau documents and incorporate them into your genealogy research.

June 17, 2024 - June 23, 2024

What You'll Learn

  • Why and where the Freedmen’s Bureau was established
  • What types of documents were created
  • How to access and search the Freedmen’s Bureau records
  • How to use in these records in your body of research

Course Workload:

  • Approx. 8 hours to complete
  • 100% Online using our eLearning Platform
  • 4 lessons complete with skill-building exercises and quizzes

What’s Included:

  • Self-Paced Learning
  • Expert Support from Course Instructor
  • Video Presentations
  • Interactive Quizzes
  • Student Discussion Board
  • Downloadable Course Materials
How FTU courses work:
  • Register for the course on this page
  • On the start date, log into our eLearning platform
  • Access to the course instructor runs until the course end date
  • After the course ends, you can read course materials for one year
  • Instructor and discussion board access will also end when the course concludes, so make sure you reach out and ask questions!

About the Instructor

Shamele Jordon is a professional genealogist, producer, writer, and lecturer. Her biographical highlights include: award winning TV producer of Genealogy Quick Start; 2018 Best Independent Producer, Instructional/Training, presented by Alliance for Community Media; 2017 Learning Award Cammy presented by PhillyCAM, Philadelphia's public access station; 2019 Lawnside Education Foundation honoree; researcher for the PBS series Oprah’s Roots: African American Lives I and II; NJ State Library grant recipient, researching Civil War Burials in Lawnside, NJ; board member and faculty at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, University of Athens, Ga, former president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia, workshop volunteer at the Family History Center in Cherry Hill, NJ



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