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Yesterday, I wrote about finding documents for some of my ancestors’ slave holders in the Confederate Citizens File on Footnote. You can read that post here. Last night as I continued to browse through the collection, I found several records that mentioned slaves by name.  The owners had been paid for labor rendered by their slave to the  Confederate government.  This particular document was in a 12 page  file for Joseph A Gates of Virginia and mentions “Hire of Slave Nelson, as Laborer” several times.1  As I said in my post, these records are a rich genealogy resource.  Take some time and browse the collection. You might be surprised by what you find.

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  1.  ”Confederate Papers Relating to Citizens or Business Firms, 1861-65,”  digital images, Footnote.com ( : accessed 20 January 2011), record for Gates, Joseph A, Petersburg,Virginia, 18 February 1864, page 8 of 12, citing National Archives Record Group 109, (also known as the “Citizen File” NARA M346).