Colored Marriages of Saline County, MO., 1865-1870
Imagine former slaves finding a glimpse of freedom, through marriage. One of the first rights granted to freed-slaves was to legalize slave marriages. These records gave the names of the ex-slaves, as well as the names of children born of that union during slavery. Sometimes, a child was listed as that of the wife, but not the husband, but they were family nonetheless. Information from these records might link African American researchers to their slave ancestors.
Indexed by both groom and bride, Colored marriages of Saline County, Mo., 1865-1870 holds a complete copy of the original 111 page Court Recorder Colored Marriage Record book. Also included are names of black settlements, church leaders that performed the marriages, and known black cemeteries of Saline County, MO.
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