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State Government Records Petitions can be a source of genealogical information. Some blacks petitioned their state, asking for special help. (For example, a law was passed in the Republic of Texas in 1840, requiring all free blacks to leave by 1842. Some blacks petitioned the Republic, and were allowed to stay.)
The [http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/ Digial Library on American Slavery] provides information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color. This website provides acess to information gathered and analyzed over and eighteen-year period from petitions to southern legislatures and cournty county courts filed between 1775 and 1867 in fifteen slaveholding states in the United States and the District of Columbia. This is a free resource provided from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro library.  The Library of Congress has a collection of [https://www.loc.gov/collections/slaves-and-the-courts-from-1740-to-1860/about-this-collection/ Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860.]
The book (975 F23s):''[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F744709 State Slavery Statutes: Guide to the Microfiche Collection].'' by Paul Finkelman. This book includes index by subjects, names and geographic locations.  State slave statutes for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
'''State Slavery Statutes'''
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| Alabama, ca. 1818-1865 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118902] | 22 fiche
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| Arkansas, ca. 1818-1864 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118903] | 8 fiche
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| Delaware, ca. 1790-1865 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118904] | 13 fiche
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| Florida, ca. 1822-1865 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118905] | 16 fiche
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| Georgia, ca. 1789-1865      | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118906] | 31 fiche
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| Kentucky, ca. 1792-1856 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118907] | 38 fiche
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| Louisiana, ca. 1804-1865 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118908] | 34 fiche
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| Maryland, ca. 1789-1865 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118909] | 35 fiche
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| Mississippi, ca. 1799-1865 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118910] | 31 fiche
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| Missouri, ca. 1813-1865 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118911] | 17 fiche
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| North Carolina, ca. 1789-1865 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118912] | 19 fiche
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| South Carolina, ca. 1789-1865 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118913] | 31 fiche
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| Tennessee, ca. 1795-1865 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118914] | 16 fiche
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| Texas, ca. 1836-1864 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118915] | 10 fiche
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| Virginia, ca. 1789-1865 | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/printing/titledetailsprint.asp?titleno=723107 6118916] | 33 fiche
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