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'''The following [[Freedmen's Bureau, Washington Headquarters, Records of the Commissioner, Inventory]] will provide additional details.'''
 
*Freedmen's Branch Office,1872-1879
*Records of the Assistant Adjutant General
*Records of the Chief Disbursing Officer
 
===To Browse This Collection===
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==What Can This Collection These Records Tell Me?==
The Bureau was created in 1865 at the end of the American Civil War to supervise relief efforts including education, health care, food and clothing, refugee camps, legalization of marriages, employment, labor contracts, and securing back pay, bounty payments and pensions. These records include letters and endorsements sent and received, account books, applications for rations, applications for relief, court records, labor contracts, registers of bounty claimants, registers of complaints, registers of contracts, registers of disbursements, registers of freedmen issued rations, registers of patients, reports, rosters of officers and employees, special and general orders and circulars received, special orders and circulars issued, records relating to claims, court trials, property restoration, and homesteads.
*The name of the former slave owner
'''=== View the Images === View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/'''{{RecordSearch|2431126/waypoints |Browse Page]|access=browse}}''':# Select '''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Selected Series or Registers and Letters Received"<br> ⇒Select the "'''# Select '''NARA Roll Number - Contents" which takes you ''' to view the images.<br><br>
{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2431126 United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Records of the Commissioner, 1865-1872]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
 
=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
== What Do I Do Next?==
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
===I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?===
*Use the information found to search for the family in census records
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