Just-Discovered Slave Records Go To Pennsylvania Museum

Just-Discovered Slave Records Go To Pennsylvania Museum

A county recorder of deeds discovered historical slavery-era papers in old Allegheny County, Pa., deed books. (Allegheny County is home to Pittsburgh.)Read in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette how a county employee found the papers.The office transferred handwritten documents recording the legal status of 56 African-American slaves to the Senator...

A county recorder of deeds discovered historical slavery-era papers in old Allegheny County, Pa., deed books. (Allegheny County is home to Pittsburgh.)

Read in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette how a county employee found the papers.

The office transferred handwritten documents recording the legal status of 56 African-American slaves to the Senator John Heinz History Center. The oldest papers date to 1792, the year Peter Cosco purchased his freedom from John McKee for 100 pounds.

The history center will make the papers available to researchers in its library and online.

You can find tips and resources for researching African-American ancestors in FamilyTreeMagazine.com’s online toolkit.

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