The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
In 1818, the Georgia legislature required free persons of color to register with their counties of residence in the inferior court. Registers for only twenty-one counties survive.
The clerks recorded names, ages, places of nativity, residence, time of coming into the state and occupation of each free person of color.
Mr. Ports transcribed these entries from LDS microfilm of the original county registers.
The books each have an introduction describing the records and his transcription methods.
Also of note in the introductions: Mr. Ports describes and writes out certain sections of the Georgia statutes regarding slave manumissions and free persons of color. The summaries of these applicable laws to the registers sets the stage for appreciating the significance of the records.
The Georgia Free Persons of Color volumes are:
Elbert, Hancock, Jefferson, Liberty, and Warren Counties
Appling, Camden, Clarke, Emanuel, Jones, Pulaski, and Wilkes Counties
Baldwin, Columbia, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Taliferro, and Thomas Counties
The author, Michael Ports, Ph.D., is a genealogist and career hydrologist who has authored “Genealogy at a Glance” guides on Maryland, Ohio, and North Carolina. His ancestors hail from the Deep South, most notably Georgia. He continues to work on the free persons of color registers and hopes to complete all twenty-one counties.
We are indebted to Mr. Ports for devoting so much time and effort compiling this data and getting it all published. He’s done a great service to genealogists and the historical community.