The freedmen’s bureau as it was commonly referred to, was established on the 3rd of march 1865 under the united states war department as the.
The project is a partnership between familysearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world the smithsonian national museum of african american history and culture the afro-american historical & genealogical society and the california african american museum.
The freedmen’s bureau records are also featured in an interactive exhibition in the robert frederick smith explore your family history center on the museum’s second floor project origins in 2009, the museum partnered with family search international to create a searchable name index of the freedmen’s bureau records. The freedmen’s bureau was established to help transition them from slavery to citizenship, providing food, housing, education, and medical care and for the first time in us history, the names of those individuals were systematically recorded and preserved for future generations. In: civil war, reconstruction, and progressivism, eras in social welfare history, federal laws and actions, organizations, slavery freedmen’s bureau — (march 3, 1865 – 1872) introduction : the us congress established the bureau of refugees, freedmen, and abandoned lands on march 3, 1865, as part of its plans for reconstructing the post-civil war south.
This indexing project is going to enable genealogists and historians to access a treasure trove of information, said hollis gentry, genealogy specialist at the smithsonian (nmaahc), who explains her unique involvement with the freedmen’s bureau records. See p s peirce, the freedmen's bureau (1904) l j webster, the operation of the freedmen's bureau in south carolina (1916, repr 1970) g r bentley, a history of the freedmen's bureau (1955, repr 1970) m abbott, the freedmen's bureau in south carolina (1967.
Familysearch gives historic freedmen’s bureau database to national museum of african american history and culture.
The freedmen’s bureau collection is available courtesy of the us national archives and records administration, familysearch international, and the smithsonian national museum of african american history and culture.