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African-Americans Migrating to Ohio, 1861-1863

This information was abstracted by Jean Overmeier Nathan from records of the State Auditor "Special enumeration of Negroes, 1863," available on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society library.

On 3 March 1863, State Auditor R. W. Tayler directed the county auditors to compile a report of the "colored persons" residing in their respective counties who had migrated from other states since 1 March 1861. Included in the report was to be the person's name, residence, and from which state he or she had migrated. Unfortunately, not all counties complied with some refusing to participate or providing only a count with no names. Franklin, Hamilton and Ross counties replied that they would not compile such a report. This database contains nearly 1,400 entries.

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