July 15, 2017

Bahamas Digitized Estate Appraisals, Leases and Wills from the 1700s through 1900s

One of the hardest things to do is reading documents of Estate Appraisals and seeing humans listed as property. For those of us that descend from these ancestors, it is a hard pill to swallow. What is harder to see is the price listed next to their name. I praise these ancestors and place them on a pedestal for persevering the cruelties of slavery and ensuring that I would one day I would descend from them.

I hope that with these records, someone will benefit in being able to trace their ancestry.  Fortunately these records are available online to be viewed.  Below I am providing links to the the Estate Appraisals.

The following are leases available that have been digitized. These run from 1846 to 1860 and the link is provided below.


Last but just as important are Wills that are listed below.  Yes, there are many wills listing slaves by their names and being bequeathed to other family members. These records will serve as a good resources to those researching the Bahamas

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Bahamas Estate Record Listing Slave Names as assets

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