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The Fruits of a County Research Project

Where on Earth is Upson County?

Upson County 1864

upson county population 1830-70

slaves named in pre-1865 upson county sources

conclusions from the county project - pt I

conclusions from the county project - pt II

do the conclusions in upson county apply to other places?

how to learn about antebellum state court systems?

"lesser known records of slavery"

Conclusions from Upson County Project

  • Probate records identify more slaves than all other records combined.
     

  • Deeds and mortgages identify the next highest number of slaves.
     

  • All other records account for only about 1/4 of the slaves identifiable in records associated with Upson County (after counting each perosn once who may be named more than once on separate but related records).
     

  • "Plantation records" may be unavailable. I found only two collections of "plantation records" from Upson County in archival collection throughout the country, and only one of these named any significant number of slaves.