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About the Research Project
County Register of Deeds offices in North Carolina have kept property records since the 1700s. Because enslaved persons were considered "property" prior to the end of the Civil War, transfers were recorded in the Register of Deeds offices.
By locating and transcribing these records and placing them in an accessible database, students in a 2013 CFCC Critical Thinking course bring this part of local history to life.
New Hanover County Register of Deeds Tammy Beasley, interviewed for an article in the StarNews, said that the work also "gives so many people the opportunity to try and find their genealogy."
Find out more about the functions and services of the New Hanover County Register of Deeds
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Slave Deeds of New Hanover County - Volume One
Edited by William G. Koch
Compiled by David C. Becks, Emma J. Brock, Elese L. Brown, Frank C. Brown, Aaron M. Burgess, Kyle A. Byrd, Jason C. Capps, John K. Caruthers, Chandler P. Charles, Charles B. Cline, Charles P. Daughtry, Kye D. Gardner, Steven A. Green Sr., Eboni A. Gilliam, Jonathan E. Godwin, Tyler S. Harding,Linda Hickman, Tyrell R. Horton, Christine L. Ingram, William G. Koch, Debra L. Larue, Alexander D. Lyman, Kendra R. McMillian, Deanna S. Moore, Tanner P. Myers, Marvin E. Portillo, David E. Powell, Gregory D. Powell, David A. Richmond, Christopher F. Roberge, Shannon T. Shaughnessy, Shelley R. Sherman, Cameron L. Shields, Jasmyn N. Spencer, Allison M. Sutton, Brian A. Swan, Jennifer Vivas, Pamela H. Whitley