This free resource from hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro includes digitized details about American slaves from thousands of court and legislative petitions filed between 1775 and 1867 in 15 different states. Search by name, search by petition or browse subjects. It is important to realize, however, that not all extant legislative petitions relevant to slavery are included.Tom Blake has spent many years identifying the largest slaveholders on the 1860 U.S. census, and matching those surnames to African American households listed in the 1870 census (the first census to enumerate the former slaves by name). He estimates that these large slaveholders held 20-30% of the total number of slaves in the United States in 1860.While not a record group with a focus on slavery or African-Americans, the records of the Southern Claims Commission are a rich source of surprising details on African Americans in the southern U.S., including names and ages of former slaves, their places of residence, names of slave owners, slave manumissions, slave ownership of property, conditions faced by free blacks, and a great deal of first-person background on what it was like to be an African American both during slavery and after the Civil War.<p>Although based on the website of the California Department of Insurance, both the <a href="http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0100-consumers/0300-public-programs/0200-slavery-era-insur/slave-names.cfm" data-type="externalLink" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-ordinal="1">List of Slaves</a> and <a href="http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0100-consumers/0300-public-programs/0200-slavery-era-insur/slaveholder-names.cfm" data-type="externalLink" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-ordinal="2">List of Slaveholders</a> include the names of slaves and slaveholders throughout the United States. Similar resources may be available from other states as well -- search for <em>slave insurance registry</em> along with a state name. One good example is the <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20040820062856/www.ins.state.il.us/Consumer/SlaveryReporting.nsf/" data-type="externalLink" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-ordinal="3">Illinois Slavery Era Insurance Policies Registry</a>.</p>A project of the University of Virginia, this database of slave narratives includes a sampling of some of the 2,300&#43; interviews and photos of former slaves taken between 1936 and 1938 with first-hand accounts of their experiences.<p>Explore information on more than 35,000 slave voyages that forcibly transported over 12 million Africans to the Americas, including North America, the Caribbean, and Brazil, between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. You can search by voyage, examine estimates of the slave trade, or search a database of 91,000&#43; Africans taken from captured slave ships or from African trading sites (Note: the database of slave names can also be searched on <a href="http://www.african-origins.org/" data-type="externalLink" rel="nofollow" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-ordinal="1">African Origins</a>. Because North American markets absorbed less than 4% of all slaves carried off from Africa, the bulk of the content is not focused on the North American slave trade.</p>This ongoing project of the Virginia Historical Society will eventually include the names of all the enslaved Virginians that appear in their manuscript collections (unpublished documents). In some cases there may only be a name on a list; in others more details survive, including family relationships, occupations, and life dates. Some of the names appearing in this database may be individuals who lived outside of Virginia; found, for example, in plantation records kept by Virginians who moved to other states.<p>Unknown No Longer does NOT contain names that may appear in published sources at the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) or in unpublished sources located in other repositories. This database is focused solely on slave names found in the unpublished collections of the VHS.</p><p>Slave Biographies: The Atlantic Database Network is an open access data repository of information on the identities of enslaved people in the Atlantic World. Phase one of the multi-stage project expands on the work of Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, freely available on the <a href="http://www.ibiblio.org/laslave/" data-type="externalLink" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-ordinal="1">Afro-Louisiana History &amp; Genealogy</a> site, including descriptions of slaves and their manumissions found in documents of all kinds in all jurisdictions of French, Spanish, and early American Lower Louisiana (1719–1820). Also included is the Maranhão Inventories Slave Database (MISD), which includes information about the lives of about 8,500 slaves in Maranhāo from the mid-eighteenth century through the early nineteenth century.</p><p>Since the Texas Runaway Slave Project (TRSP) began in December 2012 at Stephen F. Austin State University, runaway slave advertisements, articles, and notices have been culled and indexed from more than 10,000 Texas newspaper issues published prior to 1865, documenting more than 200 individual slaves. Similar resources are available in other locations, such as <a href="http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/gos/" data-type="externalLink" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-ordinal="1">The Geography of Slavery in Virginia</a>, a digital collection of advertisements for runaway slaves and servants found in 18th and 19th century Virginia newspapers.</p>The University of Pittsburgh hosts an online exhibition of &#34;freedom papers&#34; and other documents which tell the story of slavery and the murkiness of forced indenture in Western Pennsylvania.