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Durham Plantation traces family trees of slaves


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Stagville was once North Carolina’s largest plantation. This news story talks about work that’s been done at this State Historic Site to construct family trees of all the slaves that were held there. The plantation covered parts of current Wake, Orange, Durham and Granville Counties. The family tree information has been pulled from old tax records and old plantation business records that were kept to keep track of the sale and owning of the slaves.


The family trees of 973 slaves have been constructed this way. They say the project is far from finished. This should be a great resource for those that are descended from slaves of Stagville. From the article…

The result is believed to be the most extensive family tree of enslaved blacks in the nation even, though it’s unfinished.

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