Slave Tags, Slave Ownership, and Reconstructing Slave Families

March 15th, 2018 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

Two Lectures by Janis Minor Forte


TITLE:  Slave Tags: A Southern Legal System that Mandated Tagging Slaves and Free People of Color


DATE & TIME:  Friday, 04 May 2018, 8:00 a.m.

Used throughout the South from 1767 to 1866, the public wearing of a slave tag was required for slaves selling their owners goods in the open market.  This workshop examines the laws governing the slavery tag system, the economic system, and the tagging system’s value to genealogy, history, and the construct of the community.

TITLE:  Seven Proven Strategies for  Identifying Slave Ownership and Reconstructing Families


DATE & TIME:  Saturday, 05 May 2018, 11:00 a.m.

 A No Nonsense approach to uncovering pre-emancipation documents that identify the slave holder and connect slave families. Also covered are how to identify slave kin who died before emancipation, understand the conditions of enslavement,  Free People of Color, and  “Those Who Want To Become A Slave.”

 Brief Bio:  Janis Minor Forte is a speaker, activist, and presenter who presents at conferences across the U.S. She is also a featured speaker and coordinator of MAAGI.