Prior to the compilation of the present work, this database was published in short volumes (see right) of approximately 1,500 entries. These volumes contain only the most necessary of the database fields. However, during the preparation of the third volume, this method no longer appeared practical, nor did the editors consider the abridged format a good representation of the information compiled within the electronic files
Further, an evaluation of the work remaining to complete the entire database to the end of the era of slavery would require the publishing and distribution of many short volumes. The format of the printed database was changed to single large printed volumes (Series I, Series II, etc.) that contained all the data from multiple electronic files and have easily searchable sections
A review of the previously compiled volumes of the Slave Deeds of New Hanover County, North Carolina Database with the old ID numbers of 1-3987 was undertaken in preparation for this edition. Duplicate records were found
in Volume 1; thus, a page by page review of the deed books that comprised that volume was required. As a result of this review, duplicate entries and a small number of erroneous entries were identified and removed (see Appendix). The total number of entries included herein is 6,607.
"The Division of Land and Dowers contains the record of judgments made by the Courts of Pleas and Quarter concerning the division of property left in a deceased person’s estate when a will is not registered before his or her death. If undetermined, the Court will send an administrator to do a return and create an inventory of property. The Courts will also determine whether or not a widow is adequately cared for with what was left to her in the will, and changes will be made if necessary. The legal dispute of heirs surrounding their inheritances is also covered in these volumes. There are two volumes of the Division of Land and Dowers house in the archive of the New Hanover County Register of Deeds. This spreadsheet contains all the entries from both volumes that contain references to enslaved persons."
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This is a partially completed document. Verification is still being performed on these records.
17 November 2016 Report
Natalie C. Emerick
Darielle B. Greene
Jonathan W. Nowokunski
Matthew A. Sloan
Robynn L. Watson