|Slave Auction; ca. 1831; ink and watercolor; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1941.3|
One feature of the exhibit that has been placed online is the Lost Friends database. The contents of the database are described here:
- Two dollars in 1880 bought a yearlong subscription to the Southwestern Christian Advocate, a newspaper published in New Orleans by the Methodist Book Concern and distributed to nearly five hundred preachers, eight hundred post offices, and more than four thousand subscribers in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas. The "Lost Friends" column, which ran from the paper's 1877 inception well into the first decade of the twentieth century, featured messages from individuals searching for loved ones lost in slavery.
- This searchable database provides access to more than 330 advertisements that appeared in the Southwestern Christian Advocate between November 1879 and December 1880. Digital reproductions of the Lost Friends ads are courtesy of Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana State University Libraries.
|Published in the Southwestern Christian Advocate on March 11, 1880.|
|Published in the Southwestern Christian Advocate on May 13, 1880.|
The Lost Friends database can be searched by first name, last name or full name or they can be searched by state, county or city. The advertisements also can be browsed. Perusal of these advertisements tell many stories of lost family and friends. The names of slave owners are listed along with names of parents, spouses, children and other family members.
Here is an article that I found with a search of Brenham, Washington County, Texas:
|Published in the Southwestern Christian Advocate on November 13, 1879.|
|Published in the Southwestern Christian Advocate on March 25, 1880.|
Since the letter from Rev. B.M. Taylor mentions Huntsville, Texas, it would seem an appropriate time to remind you that I will be making a presentation on Immigration and Emigration Records on July 31, from 8:30 to 12:30. Here are the details for the event which runs on both Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, 2015:
Frances Sprott Goforth Memorial Genealogy Weekend
Location: Huntsville Public Library, 1219 13th Street, Huntsville, Texas 77340
The Weekend is hosted by Huntsville Public Library & Walker County Genealogical Society. The Huntsville Public Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.
Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information go to www.myhuntsvillelibrary.com or contact: Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator at 936-291-5471.